Summer School – bookings now open!

badge-logoWe are delighted to announce that the applications for this years school are now open! You can sign up via our site www.edinburghpipinganddrummingschool.com or alternatively contact us for an application form.

Please also note that due to issues in many high schools in Edinburgh we have had to move this years school to Deans Community High School in Livingston.

Hope to see you all very soon!

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Inveraray and District – 2016 British Champions

2016_british_idpbInveraray and District Pipe Band today won the first “major” of the year in grade 1 at the British Championships in Paisley.

The band held off stiff competition from Field Marshall Montgomery, St Laurence O’ Toole and current World Champions Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia to take the 1st prize. Pictured is Pipe Major Stuart Liddell recieving the band’s 2nd major award in the premier grade.

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Another fun filled Summer School in Edinburgh!

10559685_712818865450050_5207294633069225660_nThe 2014 Edinburgh Piping and Drumming Summer School was once again a great success. Over 30 pupils of all ages and abilities were brought together for 3 days of fun filled piping and drumming.

Instructors were delighted and impressed with the enthisuiasm and dedication of the students on show and the final day concert for friends and familythat has become an annual feature was once again a very entertaining and engaging finale.

Many thanks to our main sponsors Wallace Bagpipes and D2 Percussion. We are already looking forward to next year’s school!

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Success for Inveraray at Forres – 2014 European Champions!

10436204_10154352233330707_2896766218426273714_nInveraray and District clinched the title of grade 1 European Champions totday at the annual event in Forres.The band held off World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery to clinch the top spot.

This is the band’s maiden win in the top grade, having been promoted through the grades from Novice Juvenile to Grade 1 in recent years.

Greig from Castle Bagpipes is pictured with the trophy, flanked by Pipe Major Stuart Liddell and Pipe Sergeant Alasdair Henderson.

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Summer School is Go!

Edinburgh logo website sized colouredCastle Bagpipes will be providing tuition at the first ever piping and drumming summer school based in Edinburgh city centre. “The Edinburgh Piping and Drumming Summer School” will be held from 10th – 12th July 2103 at Drummond Community High School, 41 Bellevue Place, Edinburgh, EH7 4BS.

Details have just been announced for booking in spring/ summer 2013. This 3 day intensive summer school will be open to all ages and abilities and will feature some special guest instructors. Drumming instruction will be provided by our friends at d2 percussion – snare, bass and tenor will be catered for!

For more info or to register and book your place, please visit:

http://www.d2percussion.co.uk/

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A trip to Brittany with Kevrenn Alre

299222_10152692626230707_1055844234_nGreig had the good fortune to travel to Brittany recently to play in competition with Kevrenn Alre, one of the premier “bagad” or groups in France. The grade 1 bagad contest is held each year in Brest at Le Quartz theatre and it is a fantastic musical experience to play Breton music and compete against many other famous bagads. Out of 15 grade 1 groups, the Kevrenn were announced victorious! Only for a results compiling error taking the win away and leaving Alre in second place overall. Congratulations must go to Bagad Cap Caval, the winners of the contest. The party atmosphere was not killed however and the feeling in the band is that the result is second only to the music – so here is the performance from the contest, I hope you enjoy!

Kevrenn Alre Brest 2013 – 2nd place

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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.

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Competitive Success for Greig in 2012

After an incredible year around the highland games circuit having a wonderful time sharing many tunes and laughs with friends and fellow competitors it comes the time to jot down all of the prizes won and send them off to the Competing Pipers Association for formal grading. On top of the huge amount of teaching undertaken in 2012, we felt it would be nice to show exactly how much instructors like Greig still get out to play! Here’s a little competitive recap from the 2012 season!

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  • Kingdom Thistle Solo Piping Contest- 2nd Open Piobaireachd, 3rd Open MSR
  • Blair Atholl Gathering- 2nd B Piobaireachd
  • Markinch Highland Games- 3rd Open Piobaireachd
  • Strathmore Highland Games – 1st Open Piobaireachd
  • Aberdeen Highland Games- 4th March, 3rd Strathspey and Reel, 5th Jig
  • South Uist Games – 2nd Open Marches
  • Benbecula Young Piper of the Year – 1st Open Marches
  • North Uist Games – 1st Open Piobaireachd, 4th Jig
  • Tomintoul Highland Gathering – 3rd Open Piobaireachd, 1st March, 1st Strathspey and Reel, 4th Hornpipe and Jig – Overall Champion Piper
  • Nairn Highland Gathering- 1st Open Piobaireachd, 1st March, 2nd Strathspey and Reel, 4th Jigs – Overall Champion Piper
  • Braemar Royal Gathering – 6th Open March, 6th Open Strathspey and Reel
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In tune with d2 percussion in Auchterarder

Castle Bagpipes, again in partnership with D2 Percussion, have begun providing piping and drumming tuition at the Community School of Auchterarder. The Perth and Kinross School have never had a pipe band before and early indication shows a fantastic uptake with 15 potential pipers and 13 drummers joining the pipe band.

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Castle Bagpipes new to Clifton Hall

TC353-4103288_396x233Castle Bagpipes, in partnership with our friends at D2 Percussion (www.d2percussion.co.uk) are pleased to be providing peripatetic bagpipe tuition at Clifton Hall School, Newbridge, Edinburgh. This small independent nursery, junior and senior school has been in existence since 1930 and we very much look forward to working with the pipers of this fine school!

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