2006 Awardee: Steven Nelson


Steven started playing pipe band snare drum at the age of eight. Currently a student of the renowned Jim Kilpatrick at the RSAMD, Glasgow, Steven played snare drum at the world championships in the Shotts and Dykehead pipe band drum corps, led by Kilpatrick.

A Pipe Major of the world champions considers Steven to have achieved a standard of performance equal to the best in the piping and drumming world. In particular, he commented that Steven’s “flair for technical and musical performance is rarely seen in young percussionists of his generation.”

Steven intends to go on to a professional career in music.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Awards will enable Steven to buy a new snare drum.

Since the Award

Having his own snare drum enabled Steven to practise whenever he wanted to, consequently he graduated with a first in Scottish Traditional Music from RSAMD, one of only three students to achieve this. His own drum also opened up other performance and competition opportunities. Most notably he performed with the SOS Allstars Ensemble at the Live Earth concert in 2007. This ensemble included some of the best percussionists in the world. With the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band he won second prize in the Scottish Pipe Bank championships.