West Lothian Schools Pipe Band to take part in St Patrick’s Festival in Ireland
West Lothian Schools Pipe band have been invited to play a key part in a St Patricks day parade in Tallaght, Ireland.
The group will soon be heading out to Ireland for the celebrations on March 17.
Following from the celebrations the West Lothian School Pipe Band will also be joining West Lothian Chamber of Commerce to provide a traditional Scottish welcome to our Irish delegates as part of our Inward Trade Mission at Edinburgh Castle.
West Lothian Schools Pipe Band was formed in 2011 under the leadership of Pipe Major Gordon Bruce to give young pipers and drummers living in West Lothian an opportunity to perform together. Initially the band performed at events in and around West Lothian but soon began to participate in pipe band competitions.
The band started competing in the in the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Novice Juvenile Grade and quickly rose in stature, with the band being crowned Novice Juvenile ‘Champion of Champions’ and ‘MG ALBA Pipe Band of the Year 2014’ as well as receiving the West Lothian Council Stellar Award for ‘Expressive Arts Team of the Year 2014’.
As a result of their success the band were promoted to the Juvenile Grade enabling a new development band to be created to allow less experienced students an opportunity to compete.
The Juvenile Band recently gained 4th prize at the 2018 British Championships and the new Junior Band players are about to take their first steps onto the competing circuit.
In 2019 the band were delighted to welcome their new Pipe Major Greig Canning. The band continues to be in demand for performances both within West Lothian and further afield. This year alone they have already performed with leading folk group ‘Skerryvore’ as well as representing the council at numerous civic events.
Executive councillor for education David Dodds said: “This is a tremendous honour for the group. The West Lothian Schools Pipe Band has a fantastic reputation and I hope they will thoroughly enjoy this experience in Ireland.”
The trip to Ireland comes on a busy weekend for West Lothian’s school bands.
On Saturday 16 March Deans Community High School Wind Band, Deans Community High School Brass Ensemble, The James Young High School Wind Band and West Calder High School Wind Band will be participating the Scottish Concert Band Festival Final in Perth Concert Hall.
On Sunday 17 March the West Lothian Schools Wind Ensemble will be participating the Scottish Concert Band Festival Final in Perth Concert Hall.