Bagpiper Bob Worrall is one of North America's leading teachers, adjudicators and performers. Prior to retiring from competitive bagpiping in 1983, Bob won the North American Professional Championship an unprecedented seven times, and held the Ontario Championship Supreme title for 12 of his 13 years in professional competition. In 1977, he was winner of both the March and the Strathspey/Reel events at the Northern Meeting in Inverness, Scotland.
Bob is highly sought after as a teacher, both for piping workshops and private tuition, and he presents recitals throughout North America and elsewhere. All of this has taken him, in recent years, to 35 states in the U.S., coast to coast in Canada, to Uruguay, Brittany, South Africa and Scotland. He was the senior piping instructor at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, from 1986 through 1999.
His judging background includes previous Cowal and Ulster Championships and the national pipe band championships in New Zealand. Bob is on the panel of senior adjudicators for The Piobaireachd Society, qualified for both piobaireachd and light music. In 2000 he judged the Bratach Gorm in London, becoming the first overseas adjudicator ever invited to judge a major solo event in the U.K.
Along with another Canadian, Bob was the first overseas adjudicator ever selected for the prestigious Argyllshire Gathering in Oban. He has also been on the judges' panel for solo events at the Cowal Championships in Dunoon, Scotland, and for events at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.
Bob's compositions appear in several contemporary piping collections. He has published The International Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Books 1 and 2. Publication of a third book is planned.
Bob appears on Vol I of the 1997 Piping Centre Recital Series (COMD2075), available here on Temple Records