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Taking the ‘Bruce’ to the crowds in Hofheim!

A small contingent of Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band rocked up and nailed it in Hofheim, Germany last week as they helped take Alan MacDonald’s ‘Bruce 700’ on the road.

Along side the composer himself,  and several members of the original performance, including Kathleen MacInnes and Griogair Labhruidh, the band played to a sold out auditorium of over 900 enthusiastic Germans and ended the night to a full house standing ovation.

Several members of the Hofheims Dudelsack Akademie joined the pipers in rehearsals and on stage, and were more than impressed with the bands high levels of professionalism and talent, openly recognising the sheer commitment it takes to get there.

 

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Goal Achieved for Eilidh

Alongside our newly recruited members to the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland we also have band members who are moving up from the Development Band to the the Senior Band within the NYPB. This remains the ultimate goal for many. Our tenor drummer Eilidh Wynd is one such talented person.

When asked about her time in the NYPB so far, Eilidh commented, “ Getting into the senior band has been a long term goal of mine ever since I started drumming. It gives me the opportunity to play a different style of music with people from across Scotland. Every experience I have had from being in the development band has been incredible and I have pushed myself to improve my skills. I am so grateful to everyone who has encouraged me to succeed in my drumming; family, friends, band members and especially my drumming tutor. I am really looking forward to playing with the senior band and all the challenges I will face.”

The repertoire of the Senior Band is selected and arranged by the members themselves and often includes many of their own compositions. Their aim is to produce the highest quality pipe band music while providing a “wow” factor for their audience.

We have no doubt that Eilidh will rise to this challenge and excel.

Well done Eilidh – we are all super proud of you!

 

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Fundraising Concert Huge Success

Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band, held their premier concert at the Albert Hall late last month to much acclaim and success. The evening, hosted by local boy Craig Muirhead, kicked off the start of, what is hoped, will be another amazing season for the band.  Joined on stage by special guests which included pipes and drums from Grade 1 band Scottish Power and leading light in the Gaelic music scene, Allan MacDonald, composer of the Brice 700, the band raised the roof and had the audience asking for more. The drum fanfare was particularly breath taking!

A spokesperson for the band said, “The members of the band were true professionals and the performance superb. As a self-funding organisation nights like this are invaluable, and to see the reaction of the audience is validation of the commitment and dedication of each individual and the collective team. We couldn’t be prouder.”

A selection of band members will soon be accompanying other musicians out to Germany to perform the Bruce 700 in Hofheim am Taunus near Franfurt am Main.

 

 

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New Season, New Grade, New Junior Band!

Our newly formed Junior Band took to the stage at our fundraising concert in the Albert Halls last month to the obvious delight of the audience.

Their performance highlighted the band members growing talent and budding professionalism and the rapturous applause at the end was a clear indication of how much people had enjoyed their set. The band now move on to the more serious business of their first competing season. Taking part in two of the RSPBA major competitions, The British Championships at Paisley in May, and the Worlds in August in Glasgow, they are hoping to equal the success of our Senior Band in the new Novice Juvenile B grade. They will also play at North Berwick and Bridge of Allan Highland Games over the summer.

We are all wishing them every success!

 

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Band Members Make the Grade

We are happy to announce that an amazing 4 of our band members have been accepted into the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. Pipers Tom Hayashi and Euan Crawford-McKee join drummers Ryan Brown and Scott Patterson to swell the ranks of this non-competing cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds.  Launched in 2002, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together Scotland’s most talented young musicians at a national level. Membership is drawn from across Scotland’s 32 councils, and young pipers and and drummers come from an array of different competing bands and musical backgrounds, brought together as a collection of the very best chosen to play for their country.

Well done boys! We are all very proud of you!

 

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The Albert Hall Concert – 25th February 2016

As a warm up to the forthcoming season we are delighted to announce that Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band will be performing live at the Albert Halls in Stirling on the 25th February 2016!

This exceptional concert will give the band an opportunity to showcase their considerable talent and diversity. Supported by some very special surprise guests, the concert will have something for everyone, from young to old, traditionalists to modernists! Much of what the band do is only possible through fundraising and tonight’s proceeds will go towards securing future opportunities for our amazing group of hard working, talented and dedicated young people.

So come along and offer your support – in return we guarantee to entertain you and make you proud!

Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office in person or by telephone on 01786 473544

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The World Pipe Band Championships 2015

As culmination to a fantastic 2015 season, Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band took to the Grade 1 arena to perform their competition set in the Novice Juvenile grade. Their professionalism and talent were exceptional, and both Pipe Major, Christopher Gibb, and drum instructor, David Ross, praised their performance. The band members themselves were thrilled to have the chance to play in such a prominent arena in front of crowds estimated at around 50,000. It was most definitely a fitting end to a year where everyone pulled together and worked incredibly hard as a team – the result can be counted in trophies! As one member put it, “We’re not just a band, we’re a family.” Says it all!

Piping Live

With excitement mounting for The Worlds, Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band were invited to play in Glasgow as part of Piping Live! The festival, created in 2003, is an annual bagpiping event held in Glasgow by the National Piping Centre and occurs on the run-up to the World Pipe Band Championships. The band played in three locations in the busy city centre finishing up in George Square. They drew crowds, applause and even selfie requests at each performance! Amazingly the weather stayed dry…. Well almost!

Bridge of Allan Highland Games

It was a home grown win at the Bridge of Allan Highland Games on Sunday as we took the Grade 4 title in the Pipe Band Competition. We also placed 4th in the higher Grade 3 contest to further add to our success.

The Highland Games, which attracts international pipe bands, is a lead up to the World Pipe Band Competition held in Glasgow this month. The band will be competing in this world renowned event as culmination to an incredibly successful season, which has seen us crowned as UK Champions.

For anyone wishing to come and support the band details for the event can be found at www.theworlds.co.uk