Town band say goodbye to Pipe Major

CARNOUSTIE and District Pipe Band recently presented Pipe Major Scott Phillips with a set of small pipes as a gift from the band following his leadership for three years.

Scott is reluctantly standing down as Pipe Major to purse a career south of the border, but will remain an active part of the band going forward.

The new Pipe Major, Ian Campbell, is extremely confident of the future.

He said: “The band is in good health in all aspects and we are extremely fortunate in the set up and the support we have from everyone involved, from the members and families and friends to the local community and our sponsor David Murray Transport.

“The band is only three years old having been formed in 2008 and to be where we are today is quite a feat. A huge part of the thanks for that has to go to Scott Phillips, our founder member and the first Pipe Major.”

He went on: “The structure of the band is solid, the experience and enthusiasm within is quite amazing and the main fact is that everyone is here because they enjoy it and they want to be a part of it. Further to that, people recognise that the band is going places and we will do our best to promote the band, the town and the area wherever we can.

“The band will continue to recruit from the local area and beyond and we are keen for anyone of any age with any interest at all in pipe bands to come down to our practises and see what we are all about.

“We have a wide variety of members, both girls and boys, men and woman, aged from eight to 78 years. They come from all backgrounds and everyone just seems to get on with each other with a mutual aim; to play music and perform to the best of our ability.”

Mr Campbell said that he has high hopes for the band in next year’s competition season although they have a lot of hard work to undertake during the next six months learning new tunes and perfecting marching displays.

He continued: “We hope to get involved more in the local area which will double as a recruitment drive and see us putting some entertainment back into the community in a show of thanks for the support we have received over the past few years. There are a few ideas going about regarding future events and trips and these will be made known as and when they’re decided upon and confirmed.

“It has been a long time in coming for Carnoustie and District to have its own Pipe Band, but now we have one that has been well established by its founders, let’s ensure that we don’t lose it.”

Anyone interested in playing the bagpipes or any of the snare, tenor or bass drums is welcome to come along to any of the practice sessions, or contact the band secretary or Pipe Major.

Beginners’ classes are held on Monday nights from 7 p.m. at Burnside Primary School, Thomas Street, Carnoustie, during term time and at the Boys’ Brigade Hall, Maule Street, Carnoustie, during the school holidays.

The main Band practice is on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. at Newton Panbride Church, Arbroath Road, Carnoustie.