Band success is family affair

Peterson business analyst and Buchan Pipe Band drummer, Greg Skinner
Peterson business analyst and Buchan Pipe Band drummer, Greg Skinner

The Buchan Pipe Band is celebrating after winning nearly 20 competitions this year, including securing the top place in their division at the recent World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

Formed in 1970 from the support of Captain D.W.S. Buchan of Auchmacoy, the band has since enjoyed numerous successes including securing first place in the British and European championships.

The Buchan Pipe Band celebrating at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow

The Buchan Pipe Band celebrating at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow

The band has proven to be a family affair for side drummer Greg Skinner, who is the 3rd generation to play in the band, which is sponsored by Aberdeen based logistics company Peterson.

Greg, who works as a business analyst at Peterson, said: “I’ve been with the Buchan Pipe Band for almost 20 years, it’s definitely a family tradition.

“My granddad, Allie Skinner, was one of the founding members and played with the band for 40 years. He is still on the management team today as Vice President.

“My dad, Robert Skinner, joined in 1983 as Pipe Major, and he still plays today as a piper. He has always been a huge inspiration to me as he helped to take the band from a non-competing street band all the way to grade one, which is the highest grade achievable at the World Championships.

“I’ve played drums for as long as I can remember and it’s great to be able to carry on the family line.

“I joined the band when I was just five years old and have loved every minute. I still get a rush when we play in competitions and I hope that I can continue for many more years to come.

“This season has been one of the best in our history. In my time I have experienced many highs and lows, but thanks to the sponsorship from Peterson over the last few years, we have managed to build back up to one of the best pipe bands in the world!

“It has been a very successful season and we will most likely be heading for professional status soon.”

Mark Stanley, Development Director for Peterson Offshore Group, said: “We are honoured to sponsor the Buchan Pipe Band and our relationship goes beyond sponsorship as we have staff members and colleagues with family members who play in it.

“Their talent is obvious to anyone who hears them and their recent successes mean that the Buchan Peterson Pipe Band will go from strength to strength over the next few years. “

Buchan Pipe Band are based in Peterhead and have quickly risen through the ranks of the RSPBA to become one of the highest achieving bands in the North of Scotland Branch.

For more information visit www.buchanpipeband.co.uk.