Highly experienced judges with extensive experience in solo piping


Impartial assessment ensuring fair competition outcomes


Available internationally to judge competitions worldwide

About SPJA

The association was formed as a new entity in 2014. The precursor to the SPJA was the Joint Committee for Judging, which compromised competition organisers, the Competing Pipers Association and the Piobaireachd Society.

The SPJA now sits as a body which maintains a graded List of Judges and works closely with others in overseeing both the interests of the solo piping judges and that of the competition system.

Mission Statement

To foster and encourage the traditions, music and competitive playing of the highland bagpipe by:

  • compiling and maintaining a recommended list of accredited solo piping judges;
  • offering development and guidance to members;
    working co-operatively with our members and other partner Associations;
  • consistently promoting a diverse, transparent and enjoyable musical environment.

Our Committee

The committee are elected by SPJA members according to the constitution. The Chair, Secretary and Treasurer are elected annually at the AGM. The three additional committee members retire by rotation after a three year term.

The SPJA committee promotes the views of its members, representing the majority in all important matters.


Bruce Hitchings


Roddy Livingstone


Euan Anderson

Commitee Member

Logan Tannock

Committee Member

Jim McGillivray

Committee Member

Derek Fraser

Our International Judges

Senior Piobaireachd
Approved Piobaireachd
Senior Light Music
Approved Light Music

We also have over 25 supplementary judges throughout Scotland, USA, Canada and New Zealand who are active premier graded pipers accredited by the SPJA (Premier Graded Competing Pipers) and eligible to judge any competition, piobaireachd or light music, at B Grade or below.

A complete list of our judges can be found on our judges page.

Join The Judges

The SPJA encourages applications from interested people who might show interest in joining the Judges’ List. The List is reviewed annually by the Committee in conjunction with the consultation of all Senior Judges – this normally takes place in the autumn but applications are welcome at any time.

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