Richard Empson

  • Began to play the bagpipes in the late 1980s.

  • Founding member of the Southern Cross Pipe Band (Montevideo, Uruguay) in 1991, where he played until 1994.

  • Guest piper at the Omani Royal Guard Military Band (Muscat, Oman) between 1995 and 1997.

  • Founding member of Riverside Pipe Band (Montevideo, Uruguay) in 1998, where he played until 1999.

  • Founding member of the City of Rome Pipe Band (Rome, Italy) in 2001, where he played until 2002.

  • Re-joined Riverside Pipe Band in 2002, but as a drummer, playing mainly the bass and occasionally the tenor drums. Became the band’s first Drum Major in 2004.

  • Organiser of the 1st Uruguayan Celtic Music Festival (Encuentro Uruguayo de Música Celta) in 2003 and co-organiser of all subsequent editions of the Festival.

  • Founding member of the Scottish Pipe Band Association (SPBASA) in 2004.

  • Organiser of the 1st South American Pipe Band Gathering in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 2004 (G1).

  • Master of Ceremonies for the Shamrock Cup solo piping competition (the first in South America, held annually in Montevideo) since its 1st edition in 2011.

  • Vice-President of SPBASA since 2015.

  • Lead Drum Major at the 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th South American Pipe Band Gatherings.

  • SPBASA’s Senior Drum Major since 2017.

  • Awarded membership of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to UK interests and promotion of British culture in Uruguay.

  • Dress & Deportment adjudicator at the 7th, 8th and 9th South American Pipe Band Gatherings.