Impressive young pipers move up a grade

The band with silverware won last year. This photograph was taken by Stuart Andrew of Kintyre Photography. Kintyre Pipe Band Association thanks him for taking the photograph of the band and allowing it to be printed alongside this article.
The band with silverware won last year. This photograph was taken by Stuart Andrew of Kintyre Photography. Kintyre Pipe Band Association thanks him for taking the photograph of the band and allowing it to be printed alongside this article.

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Kintyre Schools Pipe Band has been practising hard over the winter months preparing for the busy schedule ahead as the 2020 season approaches.

The band has had to learn a whole range of new tunes for this year’s competitions as, after a successful season last year, they have been promoted up to the Novice A section of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association.

Being moved up a grade means they will now have to play March, Strathspey and Reels as well as a range of other tunes and medleys which will be much more challenging but better for the band’s drummers’ and pipers’ individual and collective development.

The band had hoped to compete at all five major competitions this year but due to a clash with school events it will not be possible to play at the European Championships in Inverness.

However, the band will still play at the British Championship in Paisley, the Scottish Championships in Dumbarton, the UK Championships in Lurgan, Northern Ireland, and the World Championships in Glasgow.

If you would like to hear the band playing all their new tunes then you are in luck as the band is hosting a concert at Campbeltown Grammar School on Saturday March 14, with matinee and evening performances.

The show will feature more than 100 young performers, not just from the pipe band, including the chanter group, drumming beginners on stick and pad, the beginners’ band, the novice band, those performing ‘jig-tag’, Erin Soudan and Iona Renton, and members of the James McCorkindale School of Dancing.

There is also the opportunity to see the band in action throughout the year as they will be playing at numerous local events.

The band with silverware won last year. This photograph was taken by Stuart Andrew of Kintyre Photography. Kintyre Pipe Band Association thanks him for taking the photograph of the band and allowing it to be printed alongside this article. NO_c07kspbhaul01