Well plaid for Tar­tan Day

Band score Newyork trip

Wishaw Press - - PIPING HOT -

Sim­ply visit ich­fevents.co.uk or call 01425 277988 and make sure to use the code EV101 when plac­ing your or­der. You’ll save the cost of one on the door priced ticket. Ad­vance tick­ets cost £9. Chil­dren un­der 16 go free when ac­com­pa­nied by an adult. Visit for tick­ets, more de­tails and all the lat­est in­for­ma­tion. Fol­low on Twit­ter, Face­book & In­sta­gram - A pip­ing hot team of tal­ented mu­si­cians are jet­ting off to New York for Tar­tan Day.

North La­nark­shire’s Schools Pipe Bands are tak­ing a bite out of the Big Ap­ple after an in­cred­i­ble sea­son.

Some of the young­sters won the ‘Cham­pi­ons of Cham­pi­ons’ ti­tle and their ef­forts have now earned them a spot at the pres­ti­gious cel­e­bra­tion of Scot­tish her­itage.

Pipe Ma­jor Ross Cowan said: “It’s in­cred­i­ble to think we’ll be tak­ing part in the Tar­tan Day pa­rade in New York next year – what an un­be­liev­able ex­pe­ri­ence it will be for all our young peo­ple.

“We’ve had a ter­rific year win­ning three cham­pi­onships: the Scot­tish, Bri­tish and Euro­pean and we only nar­rowly missed a fourth one at the world cham­pi­onships.”

He added: “It’s been the most suc­cess­ful sea­son ever for the band and win­ning the Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons ti­tle for the first time is very spe­cial for us.

“We were also de­lighted with our Ju­ve­nile band’s fifth place in their cat­e­gory.

“It’s the high­est ever fin­ish in that grade and the high­est fin­ish by any state school pipe band in Scot­land.”

Both the Novice and Ju­ve­nile bands will head to Amer­ica next April to march down Sixth Av­enue on New York’s Tar­tan Day.

Pipe bands com­pete for five ma­jor cham­pi­onship through­out the sea­son – the Bri­tish, Euro­pean, UK, Scot­tish and Worlds.

And it was the Novice Ju­ve­nile B schools’ pipe band which lifted the “Cham­pi­ons of Cham­pi­ons” ti­tle for the best per­for­mances across all five ma­jor pip­ing cham­pi­onships.

And all of the pupils were told the news about the New York trip at a civic re­cep­tion held for them at coun­cil head­quar­ters in Mother­well.

Pipe Ma­jor Dar­ren Som­merville said: “All of the staff, all of the pupils are ab­so­lutely over the moon with this, and we thank ev­ery­one that has made this hap­pen.”

North La­nark­shire Provost Jean Jones was there at the civic re­cep­tion to recog­nise the achieve­ments of the chil­dren and present their awards, and said: “It’s won­der­ful to hear that pupils from schools across North La­nark­shire will be tak­ing part in the Tar­tan Day cel­e­bra­tions in New York. “The bands are a su­perb ex­am­ple of the very best in Scot­tish ed­u­ca­tion and show what can be achieved through the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of both staff and pupils.” Jor­dyn Gra­ham, a Bell­shill Academy pupil who plays the bag­pipes for the Novice B Band, said: “It’s amaz­ing to think that we’ll be go­ing to New York to lead the Tar­tan Day pa­rade – es­pe­cially as I’ll be g o i n g with some of my best friends!”

Drum­ming up sup­port The chil­dren have fans in the US Band­ing to­gether The young­sters had an amaz­ing sea­son

The Big Ap­ple The pipe band are go­ing to New York

Champs North La­nark­shire’s Schools’ Pipe Band

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