Brothers help lift top ti­tle

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Locker­bie brothers Chris and Steven Gray won the grade 1 World Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships in Glas­gow, play­ing with In­ver­aray and District Pipe Band.

Their out­stand­ing achieve­ment has come on the back of a lot of hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The pair were orig­i­nally taught from a very early age by the late Tony MacDon­ald.

In the early days, they played with Lochmaben Royal Burgh and Dum­fries and Gal­loway Con­stab­u­lary Pipe Bands be­fore join­ing In­ver­aray six years ago, aged 15 and 17.

The band won their first ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion three years ago at the Euro­pean cham­pi­onship held at For­res.

This year has been the band’s most suc­cess­ful yet with wins at the Bri­tish, Euro­pean and Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships.

Chris and Steven have both achieved suc­cess with the band while at univer­sity.

Steven is un­der­tak­ing a re­search PhD at Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity af­ter grad­u­at­ing from St An­drews Univer­sity with a First Class Masters de­gree in Chem­istry.

Christo­pher also re­cently grad­u­ated from The Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land with a Bach­e­lor of Tra­di­tional Mu­sic with First class Honours and is about to com­mence his Master’s de­gree.

De­lighted Chris and Steven Gray from Locker­bie

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