Scot was rated #1 Overall Solo Piping Competitor 7 out of 8 years by the Eastern US Pipe Band Association. He has won firsts at nearly all the major North American Solo Championships. In Scotland he has won first prizes in the professional competitions at the games in Dornoch, Strathpeffer, Lonach, and Cowal, among others. He has served on the Music Faculty of Moravian College as instructor of Bagpipe Music since 1993, and holds a Masters of Education. His students have distinguished themselves at Amateur and Open solo competitions throughout North America and Scotland. He is a member of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association judges’ panel, former Pipe Major of the Lehigh Valley Pipe Band (1985-2010) and a current member of the Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band based in Glasgow, Scotland.
As a fourth-generation player, Scot was originally taught by his grandfather, Robert Walker, son of William Walker, Pipe Sergeant of 5th HLI, 6 time World Pipe Band Champions under MacDougall Gillies. Robert Walker immigrated to the US in the 1920’s after serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps Pipe Band in WW I under Malcolm Curry. As one of the prominent pipers in North America, Robert Walker taught many solo pipers and bands near his home in Erie, PA. Scot’s father, William (Bill) Walker, currently of New Britain, PA, became Pipe Major of the Celtic Pipe Band in Rochester, NY, and most recently played with the Lehigh Valley Pipe Band, formed by Scot in 1985. Scot has also studied piping with James MacIntosh and George Bell, both prominent soloists from Scotland who helped refine his solo playing skills.