Pipe Band hits the high notes

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THE PIPERS and drummers of the Royal British Legion Scotland’s Arbroath Pipe Band did themselves proud at the Royal British Legion Scotland’s national Miniband Championship at Lasswade High School, near Edinburgh, on Saturday.

They came second overall in the Scotland-wide competition and were runners up for best dress, marching and discipline while Paul Weir brought home to Arbroath the under-16 gold medal for solo drumming.

In all, their haul of silverware totalled five trophies which included awards for second places in both the Grade 4 and Grade 3 sections.

The competition organiser, Kevin Gray, said: “The Arbroath Legion has a long track record of piping excellence and they proved it yet again. They really were a credit to themselves and especially their tutors. Well done, Arbroath!”

The mini band championship was an opportunity for new up and coming members to have their debut performance at competition level. A novice juvenile mini band made up of young people who were competing for the first time and a few young people who were participating in their first performance with the pipe band were led by more experienced young band members.

Secretary and tutor Morag McKenzie said: “This was a proud day for everyone involved in Arbroath RBLS Pipe Band. It is great see young people putting in such a lot of hard work and commitment to reach the level of competing. What was also rewarding was allowing young people with more experience the opportunity to take the role of leading the band on.”

The competition attracted Legion bands from all over the country.

This was the 35th RBLS Miniband Competition, a championship which was created to encourage young Scots to develop their musical skills. It features bands of four pipers and a single drummer, along with awards for solo drumming and piping.