Girls Are Loud As They Take Over Traditional Pipe Band
Saturday, March 9th, 2013
on behalf of Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships
Schoolgirls are outnumbering boys in one of Scotland’s most promising piping bands.
Of the 31 members of the pipe band in Preston Lodge High School in East Lothian, 24 of the members are girls, leaving just 7 boys to make up the numbers.
The news that members of the fairer sex were increasingly becoming more interested in piping was featured in The Herald, both online and in print.
This has led to the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships to carry out an audit of the numbers of pipers to determine the increase in number of female pipers.
Lee Moore, who is the bagpipe instructor in the school, has said that the girls are earning their places in the band on merit.
He said: “It really surprises most people when they learn almost 80% of our band members are girls.
“But in my experience, this is simply down to the fact they are more determined to master an instrument at an earlier age, compared to the boys.”