2015 has been an outstanding year for Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band, seeing them crowned as UK Champions and placing 2nd in the European Championships, amongst their many other achievements.
The present pipers and drummers are a very talented and dedicated group of young musicians who are very proud to be a part of such an amazing piping family.
Below you can read about the earlier history of the Pipe Band.
In 1978 plans to establish the first ever schools pipe band in the Stirling area was discussed by two very experienced pipe band tutors, John McKail and Hugh Wilson. Shortly afterwards a meeting was held with Stirling Council and a group of enthusiastic parents and by 1980 the band was up and running. The name decided for the new band was Central Region Schools Pipe Band and due to the huge interest shown by young people wishing to be pipers and drummers, a senior band was also established.
The senior band lasted a few years until most of the band members became too old to play in a juvenile band. Unwilling to give up their place in a band, the senior members went on to establish their own band called Forth Valley Pipe and Drums, which went on to become one of the top Grade 3 and Grade 2 Competing bands in the world.
In 1984 Pipe Major Hugh Wilson retired and new Pipe Major Sandy Davidson was appointed. By this time Central Region Schools were becoming increasingly successful and in 1988 the Drum Corps won the World Novice Juvenile Drumming Championship in Glasgow. The Drum Corps also went on to win The Scottish, British, European, Cowal and Champion of Champions titles. An outstanding achievement!
Early in 1990 the band changed its name to Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band, and with the new name came new successes. The Drum Corp almost become Champion of Champions again in 1998 at the Cowal Games, but missed out on the title by a single point.
In 2007 Sandy Davidson retired and in May of that year our existing Pipe Major, Chris Gibb was appointed. Chris has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the band as well as an enthusiastic and positive attitude. In his first week as Pipe Major the band reached the final play off in the Scottish Pipe Band Championships held in Dumbarton – a fantastic achievement in such a short time. Chris is also a member of Grade 1 band Scottish Power. The bands future is assured in the very capable hands and leadership of Chris and Drumming Instructor David Ross. A new structured learning programme for pipers and drummers at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels of musical competence has been introduced to encourage and help the advancement of students with their music studies. Both the Competing and Development bands meet on a Wednesday evening at Stirling High School.