Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band so impressed John Hunter, owner of Hunters Coaches and Commercial Director of Stirling Albion Football Club, when he drove our bus to Belfast in May, that he asked the band to come along to the Clubs pre-season game against Hearts to pipe the teams on. Of course we jumped at the chance! The band also played for the crowds during half time and we even managed to get a bucket or two out into the stands. Thanks for the opportunity John!
Stirling and District Schools Pipe Band led the way at Belfast last weekend (12th June 2015), overcoming fierce competition to become UK Champions in their grade.
The band, were delighted by their convincing win. Pipe Major, Christopher Gibb, praised their dedication, hard work and commitment to quality.
“The band practises tirelessly throughout the winter and summer months, making personal sacrifices to attend band rehearsals. The young people come from across the Stirling area and from many different backgrounds. To see how well they get on and work together is an absolute pleasure and this prize is a direct result of that hard work over the years.”
The UK Championships mark the second major competition of the 2015 season. 92 bands and 42 Drum Majors made the trip to Belfast to compete at the impressive Stormont venue.
The band will next compete in the European Championships at Forres at the end of June.
Stirling & District Schools Pipe Band have hit the stage again to perform in this years Celtic Connections Festival. The band reprised their part in the epic ‘The Bruce 700’ written by the revered Highland piper and Gaelic scholar Allan MacDonald.
Featuring a cast of some 50 musicians on pipes, strings, bass, vocals and percussion, the music vividly and movingly evokes the sounds, actions and emotions of the Battle of Bannockburn. The band first performed the piece at its premiere in the Albert Halls as a key event during Stirling 2014 to high acclaim.