Castle Bagpipes arrives in the Borders

Castle Bagpipes is pleased to be teaching piping in conjunction with Stow Pipe Band, Scottish Borders.  As many people will be aware, the Scottish Borders Pipe Band (made up of members from Stow and Hawick pipe bands) have recently won the World Championships at grade 4A and then subsequently went on to win the Scottish Championships in grade 3B  the following year, also winning the piping at the British Championships in the same season.

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The band have been immensely successful, this culminating in the band gaining promotion to grade 3A for the 2013 season.

Following on the back of this success, and with the generous support from local wind farm trusts, Greig Canning has been providing tuition to the Scottish Borders next crop of piping stars and has just converted the first batch of beginners onto pipes. This has recently led to the creation of Stow Juvenile Pipe Band. Tuition is being provided every Wednesday afternoon at Heriot Primary School for new learners, with the more experienced youngsters being taken through their paces at the Stow Juvenile Pipe Band practice on Wednesday evenings. Uptake is very promising in this beautiful rural area with 10 new chanter players starting in the coming weeks and 9 youngsters on pipes forming the backbone of a thriving novice juvenile pipe band. Drumming tuition comes from Steven Graham of Shotts and Dkyehead Caledonia Pipe Band fame. We look forward to working in Stow, Heriot and with the Scottish Borders band and have the ambition to debut the novice band in competition before the end of 2013 – watch this space!

Pictures is Pipe Major Stuart Robinson with the grade 4A World Championship trophy. Congratulations on the rise to success to all at the Scottish Borders band.