Scot­tish schools’ pipe band cham­pi­onships

The Oban Times - - YOUR VIEWS -

Most schools in Scot­land have pipers and drum­mers within their pupil pop­u­la­tion. Schools in Oban and Ar­gyll­shire are prob­a­bly no ex­cep­tion.

May I please ask your read­ers to seek out their pipers and en­cour­age them to rep­re­sent their school as a pip­ing quar­tet, if not as a full band, at the next Scot­tish Schools Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships.

The cham­pi­onships are or­gan­ised an­nu­ally by the Scot­tish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust. The next cham­pi­onships will be held at In­veral­mond Com­mu­nity High School, Livingston, on Sun­day March 10, 2019. More de­tails are on our web­site www.thecham­pi­onships.co.uk

Last March, 145 schools from all over Scot­land (and two from Eng­land) were rep­re­sented at the cham­pi­onships, with a cat­e­gory avail­able for all stan­dards of play­ing.

Five years ago we in­tro­duced a new cat­e­gory: freestyle. The aim of this is to pro­vide an op- por­tu­nity for schools to show­case their other mu­si­cal skills along­side those of their pipers.

The Scot­tish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust (www.sspdt.org.uk) hopes that as many young pipers and drum­mers from your area – with other mu­si­cians too if en­ter­ing the freestyle event – will par­tic­i­pate in next year’s cham­pi­onships. Pa­trick Gas­coigne, Aber­lady, East Loth­ian

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