St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm, have won the Junior B category at the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships, the world’s largest schools piping event.
A record-breaking 700 young pipers and drummers entered the competition held at Inveralmond Community High School in West Lothian on Sunday 11th March.
Competing in the fiercely contested Junior B Category, involving 17 other schools, St Columba’s Pipe Band gave such a strong performance that saw them receive the Winners Shield and a cheque for £500.
Photo: St Columba’s competitors from the National Piping Centre’s Junior Solo competition
The Band performed Captain Norman Orr Ewing, Greenwood Side, Donald MacLean’s Farewell to Oban and The Earl of Mansfield.
Mr Mick McLaughlin, Depute Rector of the School, said, “We are thrilled by the success of the School’s Pipe Band at the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships. Our musicians and their instructors, Mr Bruce and Mr Nelson, have worked especially hard in the lead up to the competition, with before-school rehearsals taking place throughout the last month.”
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attended the event and presented the prizes to the winners.
Photo: St Columba’s School’s Pipe Major Gordon Bruce being presented with the Junior B Category Shield by Nicola Sturgeon
It has been a very successful few weeks for pipers and chanter players at St Columba’s. On Saturday 24th February pupils competed at the annual National Piping Centre’s Junior Solo competition in Glasgow. Angus Scott, Senior I, was overall champion for chanter events, Euan Lindsay, Transitus (P7), achieved 1st place for U15 Bagpipes – Piobaireachd Ground and in the Chanter – Slow Air category Angus Scott (SI) secured 2nd place, Alexander Drysdale-Dykes (SI), secured 4th and Cayla Winter-Wright (SI) was 5th.
This was a wonderful experience for the School’s young pipers and chanter players performing in one of the major national junior solo contests of the year.
Around 90 pupils from Junior 3 to Senior VI are involved in St Columba’s School’s Piping and Drumming programme from grass-roots level in the Development Band through progression into the full Pipe Band which is made up of over 60 pupils. The Band plays at all major school occasions as well as for many local community events, is regularly invited to play at Clydeport, Greenock, to entertain passengers on visiting cruise ships, and participates in the Tartan Week celebrations in New York.
Photo: Pipe Band playing at Port Glasgow remembrance day