All Content © Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band                                                                                                                                                                           History        

Ross Naismith was born and raised in San Diego, California and is first generation American. His grandparents were born and raised in Glasgow and Clydebank, Scotland. Family roots can be traced back hundreds of years to the small Scottish Isle of Tiree.  San Diego is home to Ross, his wife Kristyn, and their daughter Isla.

Early influences for Ross were Merri Miles, Helen Gladden and Tim Gladden.  Merri was instrumental in getting Ross off on the right foot.  Helen and Tim, after their successful Grade 2 Alameda County Sherriff's Pipe Band, started a Grade 4 band with a heavy influence on younger members.  After a few years the band became WUSPBA Grade 4 Champions.  In the band's last year, Ross served as co - Pipe Major.

Also through the early years, Ross went on to the local yearly College of Piping Summer School held in Carlsbad, California.  For a couple years he was able to study under some fantastic instructors.  Today, Ross will be going back to the College of Piping Summer School to serve as an Instructor.  Later, for a few years Ross spent the summer months in Scotland taking lessons and competing.  Face to face instruction with Gordon Walker and Chris Armstrong played a key role in his development.  Presently, Ross continues his instruction with Chris over the internet.  Most recently, Ross won the Professional MSR at his local San Diego Highland Games, winning the James Naismith Memorial Targe, named after his Grandfather.

For the better part of 10 years, between 2003 - 2013, Ross was a member of the Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band.  Highlights include 3rd place at the 2006 North American Championships in Maxville, and twice qualifying for the World Championship final, 2007 & 2012.  Back home, Ross is the Pipe Major of his local band, the House of Scotland Pipe Band based in Balboa Park, San Diego.  Ross also sits on the adjudication panel for the Western United States Pipe Band Association.

Teaching also plays a significant role in his life.  Along with teaching privately, Ross is the Pipe Band Instructor for the Helix Charter High School Pipe Band in La Mesa, California


Ross Naismith