School Pipers And Drummers March To Success
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
on behalf of The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust
Schools from across Scotland – and even a few from England – travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships.
This year’s competition at Broughton High School and Fettes College saw pupils compete in categories tailored to their skill set, such as juvenile, novice juvenile, debut, junior and quartets.
However, it was the innovative freestyle category – where musicians can perform a tune of their choice alongside other musical disciplines – that sparked the most interest with event organisers having to cap the number of entries because of unprecedented demand.
The High School of Glasgow took home the freestyle award with their rendition of Slàn Leat.
Elsewhere, bands from Tobermory, Edinburgh, Inverclyde, Lochalsh and Elgin all took home awards, with judges and organisers praising the young pipers and drummers on the level of talent and professionalism they displayed in their performances.
David Johnston, Convener for the competition, said: “Today’s competition proved to be an enormous success and it was great to see so many schools from across the country taking part.
“The whole point of this competition is to showcase the versatility of the pipes and drums and the talent of Scotland’s younger generation when playing our national instrument, and that certainly came through in today’s competition.
“For many schools, this was their first time competing in this fantastic competition and we truly hope that they enjoyed the experience and buzzing atmosphere of the event.”
After a full day of performances, Chair of Creative Scotland, Richard Findlay, presented winners with their trophies.
David said: “We are very proud of all of those who competed in the competition this year.
“I think it is fair to say that this year has been the toughest year yet for our judges as bands really raised the bar on the quality of their performances. We are already eagerly waiting to see what bands will come up with next year.
“We would like to thank all those who competed in this year’s competition and we hope to see continued high numbers again for next year, as well as the return of old and new faces to the event.”
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