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Award of £1000 from Aviva Community Fund

Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band has been awarded a grant £1000 from the Aviva Community Fund to help us get to the UK Pipe Band Championships in Northern Ireland. The following excerpt from our submission is a real insight into the benefits that our young people get from being members of this great band.

“Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band was formed to draw children from state schools in Stirling and the surrounding district and we now have 2 competing bands and a piping group, having in excess of 60 children from Primary age upwards to S6 . The children start with bagpipe lessons through Stirling Council and as the children advance they are invited to join the band, which meet at Stirling High School. The band has been formed to provide a safe child friendly structure and it helps develop the children’s social and fine motor skills. The children learn skills for life such as teamwork, perseverance, camaraderie and confidence and it also provides a positive role model and friendships between the different ages of the kids.

Throughout the year our Bands compete in a number of competitions and we fund this and the running of the band through fundraising, Ceilidh’s, busking and grants because we get no funding from the local council or sponsorships. One of the main competitions the Senior Band goes to is the UK Championships held in Northern Ireland. This competition costs a lot with the hiring of the bus, driver, ferry, hotel accommodation and meals and we are hoping to win to enable us to put the money towards this. The UK competition is a fantastic experience for the children, often being the first time they have traveled away by themselves and helps to develops and grow the friendships in the band.”

Vote for us! – Aviva Community Fund

Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band have been selected for voting for the Aviva Community Fund and voting is now open. We need as many votes as possible to help us get to the UK Championships in Northern Ireland in 2019.  All you need to do is register on the Aviva Community Fund Page and you will get 10 votes. Please get all friends, husbands, wives, aunts, uncles etc to register. We need 1000 votes!

Register and Vote here

 

Finalists in the Scots Trad Music Awards!

After an amazing few years we are super excited to announce that Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band are finalists in the Best Pipe Band category of the Scots Trad Music Awards!  This is a huge achievement for our young people and all involved with the band. It is well deserved recognition of the level of commitment shown by our members and the entire ethos of our ‘family’ in promoting what we do and love best. We couldn’t be prouder or more excited!

The aim of the Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight. The winners will be crowned at a glistening ceremony held at the Caird Hall in Dundee on the 3rd December and we hope to be up on that stage with the best of them.

We are a relatively small band in the greater scheme of things, but what we lack in numbers and resources we make up for with passion and soul, and that’s what these awards are all about – the joy of playing and sharing!

We would ask that as many of you vote for us as possible – its easy and takes less than a minute of your time. Just click on the link below – its that simple!

https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards-2016-stirling-and-district-schools-pipe-band/

Thank you all so much!

 

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Wanted: Drummers!

Our Junior Band is currently looking to recruit new learners for both tenor and bass drum.  So if you fancy having a go please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We are also looking to invite applications for experienced snare drummers to join the very close knit drum corp of our Senior Competing Band. This is a great opportunity to further your drumming career. Again please get in touch via our ‘contact us’ page.

Robbie Takes it to T in the Park!

Our very own Robbie MacIsaac closed the main stage at T in the Park this year and stole the show!

Robbie, who has been with the band for 5 years, was chosen to perform a solo after the headline act, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.  He played Flower of Scotland and raised the roof, bringing the festival to an emotional conclusion. The atmosphere was electric!

Last year talented Robbie started at Strathallan, one of Scotland’s top independent schools, having won a music scholarship for his piping. Playing to a consistently high level he has recently come second at the Senior Scottish Schools Championships and won the National Piping Centre Championships.

When asked how he felt playing in front of such a crowd and on such a famous stage he said, “It was the best experience of my life!”

Well done Robbie – we are all super proud!

 

 

Pipe Major Sandy Davidson, M.B.E

It is with great sadness that I have to announce the sudden death of Pipe Major Sandy Davidson, M.B.E.

Sandy was Instrumental Tutor (Bagpipes) for Central Region, latterly Stirling Council and Pipe Major of Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band from 1984 to 2007, following his time served with the Scots Guards.  Sandy served with the Scots Guards for 22 years during a very special time in the regiments piping history.  He was originally a piper in the 1st Battalion Scots Guards under Pipe Major Angus MacDonald M.B.E and he later became Pipe Major himself of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, a band boasting famous pipers such as P/M Jimmy Banks M.B.E and Major Gavin Stoddart B.E.M, M.B.E.

Sandy was a great perfectionist, demanding from his pupils that the basic rudiments of the instrument were solid and fluent.  After retiring, Sandy continued to use his vast amount of knowledge to enhance piping in Scotland.  He was a piper in the Scots Guards Association Pipe Band, where he also held the post of secretary.  He could be seen regularly behind the judges desk at many a junior solo contest where he would listen intently to every single competitor and give valuable feedback to the youngsters.

On a personal note, Sandy was a huge help to me when I took over the post of Instrumental Tutor for Stirling Council following his retirement.  The administrative paperwork that he passed onto myself was exceptionally organised.  His timetable ran like military precision and he was always on the other end of the phone had I any queries surrounding my post.  Having been fortunate to work with many of his pupils after his retirement, I can honestly say that he had a hugely positive impact on the young people that he taught through his time with Stirling Council.

 

A true gentleman in every sense, he will be sorely missed by many.

 

Mr Chris Gibb

 

Funeral Arrangements :       Friday 24th June, 12pm

Church of the Holy Rude

Stirling

 

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Drum Corp take 2nd place at UK Championships

An amazing performance from Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band Drum Corp last weekend at the UK Championships in Belfast. Coming a fantastic 2nd place for drumming, the band members were delighted with their success.

One snare drummer said of their achievement, “it’s really good to get some recognition for all our hard work. We’ve been putting in extra hours and practices to bring our level up the same excellent standard as the pipers and today’s placing just makes us want to keep the momentum going!”

The band placed an overall 4th in the competition.

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Solid Start to the Season

 

 

 

With the weather threatening some serious rain, Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band took to the field in the first of this years major competitions at the British Championships in Paisley.

 

Playing in the new Novice Juvenile A Grade they placed 6th on the day.  Pipe Major, Chris Gibb, said, “It’s a solid start to what is hopefully going to be another great year for the band. Competition is tough but we are more than ready for the challenge.”

 

We are right behind you guys! Well done!

 

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Junior Bands Debut at the British Championships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stirling & District Schools Junior Band made its competition debut at the British Championships in Paisley on the 21st May.

 

Led by Pipe Major Andy Gibbs, the band performed in the new Novice Juvenile B grade. Nerves faded away as they marched proudly onto the field to cheers and claps of encouragement from the crowd.

Well done everyone – what a great start to the season!

 

 

 

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