Aaron Shaw is known mostly as the piper with Wicked Tinkers. But Aaron has an extensive resume as a competitor, both in solo and band piping. Aaron started piping in 1976, buying his first set of pipes in Scotland. He began attending the College of Piping Summer Schools in 1982, becoming an instructor there in 1996. He studied in Scotland with P/M Angus MacDonald and Angus J. MacLellan.
Aaron has been a Piping Judge with WUSPBA since 2000 and, in addition to his private students, also teaches at the California Summer School of Piping and Drumming and the Jim Thomson US School of Piping and Drumming and various seminars around the country. Aaron makes his living as a piper, performing at innumerable private events as well as on TV and film. He’s also recorded with a wide range of other artists.
Five time winner of Grade One Piper of the Games at various locations
Strachan Trophy for MSR, London Competition, 1998
James Naismith Memorial Targe for Professional Piping, San Diego Highland Games, 1997, 1999
John MacPhee Trophy for Top Grade One Piper, Monterey Highland Games, 1994, 1995, 1996
Silver Chanter for Top Grade One Piper, Costa Mesa Highland Games, 1997
Amateur Grade One Aggregate Winner, Queen Mary Highland Games, 1997
Capt. William Mossie Trophy for Piobaireachd, Monterey Highland Games, 1994, 1995, 1996
Jim Thomson Memorial Trophy and Scholarship, Costa Mesa Highland Games, 1995, 1997
36 First Place Awards
27 Second Place Awards
8 Third Place Awards