Steve Dewar has been playing the bagpipes since 1984, he started playing when he was only 8 years old. Originally receiving private tuition from Andre Donaldson, father of the legendary Brian Donaldson.
He continued his education with the Bowhill and Seafield Pipe Band, in which time he helped the band to a World and British Championships coming through the ranks. He also emerged on the solo scene under the watchful eye of Wullie Smart who he cites as the major influence of his Piping career. He placed in many junior tournaments, including winning the Fife Under 19 Championship at the age of 15. The following year finishing 2nd in the adult event. As well as many minor victories he also boasts two Bronze Medals from the Pibroch competition at the very prestigious Cowal Highland Gathering and a 2nd place at the World renowned MacGregor Memorial Pibroch contest in Oban. Unfortunately he has had to sacrifice his solo career for band and business commitments.
After 13 years establishing himself with the band and through the solos he made the jump straight from Grade 3 to Grade 1 with the World Famous Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, under the leadership of Pipe Major Ian Duncan. He still plays with the band to this day. He has enjoyed many successes with the band winning prizes in every major championship in the premier grade. He has played throughout the World with the 'Vale' in numerous festivals and concerts. He played with the 'Vale' on the famous Millenium Concert album, and has just finished recording an album live from Frankfurt with the band which is due for release shortly. (1.2.05).
As well as the competitive scene Steve has tremendous performance experience. The highlights include playing to 80,000 people in the Stade De France , the Champions League Final at Hampden , the opening of the Scottish Parliament , the Dunhill Cup in St Andrews , Tartan day and St Patricks day parades in New York City . He has also appeared on numerous television and radio shows.
2004 saw Steve out at the Olympics in Athens twice, to play for the Official Reception of the British Team at the British Embassy, also entertaining Tony Blair and Princess Anne. (He is the official Piper of the Athens British Embassy) He also represented Samsung at the main Olympic Stadium supplying a group of 4 Pipers.
He was also honoured to guest live on stage with the Darkness at the T in the Park Music Festival in Kinross in front of 60,000 fans, he was playing as part of folk group 'The Red Hot Chilli Pipers'. He played at the Dunhill Championships in St Andrews mixing with stars such as Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Grant and a whole host of other celebrities.
He has entertained with his exuberant style at over 400 weddings.