Students Get In Tune For Piping Championships

Lathallan Pipe Band
Lathallan Pipe Band

Mearns pupils are getting ready to ‘give it a skirl’ as they prepare for the world’s largest schools piping and drumming competition in March.

The competition, which is dedicated to stoking up passion for Scotland’s national musical heritage, will see students from Lathallan High School travel to Edinburgh to take part in the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships (SSPBC).

Currently in its third year, the championships will see pupils compete in seven categories, meaning that bands can enter the category best suited to their skill-set and experience.

Lindsey Dreelan, pipe band manager at Lathallan School, Johnshaven, said: “Entering Scottish Schools Championships is always a great experience for the children, from the excitement of playing to the buzz that surrounds the school. The whole day is long but very rewarding.”

Nearly 30 schools have already registered for the competition, taking place on Sunday, March 8, at Broughton High School and neighbouring Fettes College.

This year’s competition will include a ‘Freestyle’ category which encourages pipers and drummers to perform modern and up-to-date songs alongside the other musical instruments played by their classmates.

This innovative category will be judged by three experts of the piping and drumming world, including Pipe Major of Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band, Robert Mathieson; Gary West, presenter of Pipeline on BBC Radio Scotland and Craig Munro from the hugely successful Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

David Johnston, SSPBC Committee Chairman, said: “The talent displayed by those who have entered the competition in the past has been absolutely outstanding and I’m delighted to see the prospect of more new young musicians taking part this year.”

Schools still have until January 26 to submit an entry but for more details, please visit: www.scottishschoolspipebandchampionships.com