Chris Armstrong Biography (Courtesy of The Piping Centre site, 2005).
Christopher Armstrong at the age of 22 has carved an impressive and successful career within the Solo Circuit and Pipe Band arena. This is compounded by an equally outstanding career in entertainment. This success, from one so young, arises from a deep passion for piping that comes from deep within and this natural gift emerged from an early age.
Born and bred in Bathgate Chris considers himself most fortunate to have been taught by PM. John Matheson (B.E.M) Cameronians (S.R), during the earlier part of his piping career. This friendship stretched beyond tutor and pupil to a close friendship, which left a considerable void after Johnís death.
Commitment to his heritage has been awarded with a life time appointment as Piper to the Clan Armstrong Trust (Langholm) in 1990.
Composing music has been a major part of his life with tunes primed and ready for all to hear. This came to pass when he signed up with Klub Records. Two albums have been completed "Notes in ma heid" and "Quantum Leap" with the backing and professional aid of Fred Morrison (Notes in ma heid) and Ross, Stevie, Angus (Quantum Leap)whose expertise and enthusiasm extended beyond the recording studio to various concerts venues in Europe.
During his solo career he has risen from the juniors aged 8 to professional aged 16 and for the next few years concentrated on the Pipe Band scene with similar commitment and enthusiasm. In the winter of 1997/8 Chris encouraged and taught the young members of Seafield and District Pipe Band who wished to embark on solo piping career and was pleased to accept the post of Pipe Major in 1998. While focusing on this task Chris also engaged in the post as Pipe Sergeant of Torphicen and Bathgate Pipe Band with responsibilities of setting the band up , constructing medleys and tutoring pipe band members. The band competed successfully over the next year using a number of Chrisís compositions.
Always striving for a new challenge Chrisís focus returned to his solo career with amazing results and undoubtedly through the tutoring by Mr Andrew Wright. Chris plays Robertson Pipes with a wooden D. Niall piper chanter which features predominately on both his albums.
Chris has recently become a full time piping instructor with The Piping Centre, his focus now encompasses passing on his knowledge, expertise and his genuine love for piping, to ensure its survival and growth.
You can listen to short samples from some of the tracks from this artist using the player below.