St Columba’s School, Kilmacolm, won the Novice Juvenile B category at the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships, the world’s largest schools piping event.

Hundreds of young pipers and drummers entered the competition held at Inveralmond Community High School in West Lothian on Sunday 10th March.

Competing in the fiercely contested Novice Juvenile B Category, involving 18 other schools, St Columba’s Pipe Band gave such a strong performance that saw them receive the Winners Shield and a cheque for £500.

St Columba’s School’s Pipe Band II competed in the Junior B category, involving 15 other bands from across the country and were declared third place winners, receiving a shield and a cheque for £200.

Mr Mick McLaughlin, Depute Rector of St Columba’s, said, “We are enormously delighted with the success of both bands, especially given the level of effort and commitment, not to mention effective teamwork, demonstrated in the months leading up to Sunday’s Championships.”

55 musicians from the School were involved in the championships – many of whom were making their debuts in competitive piping and drumming – which is fantastic preparation in advance of the Band’s trip to the St Patrick’s Festival in Ireland in mid-March.

The School’s Pipe 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 leads the Remembrance Day Parade in Port Glasgow.