New pipe band drums up support

DETERMINED: Members of the newly formed Peterhead and District pipe band get together for practice at Buchanhaven School. 'Picture: Sumbitted
DETERMINED: Members of the newly formed Peterhead and District pipe band get together for practice at Buchanhaven School. 'Picture: Sumbitted

IT’S KILTS at the ready as a newly formed pipe band for Buchan gathers momentum.

New to the piping scene, Peterhead and District Pipe Band offers traditional music enthusiasts the opportunity to practice and play, regardless of ability.

Established late last year, the band’s committee is appealing for experienced pipers and drummers, particularly a bass drummer, as well as beginners to join its cohort.

“We’re a teaching band,” says Secretary Carol-Anne Murphy.

“We aim to play at fayres and things like that. We want kids and adults alike to be able to learn about Scottish traditions and follow their heritage and history. It gives the kids something to do and something to work towards.”

Inspired by fellow band enthusiasts Caroline and David Duncan’s newly formed act for Howe o’ Mains, Carol-Anne and husband Garry set about gathering players.

Experienced ex-army player Kevin Lynch takes the roll of Pipe Major and piping tutor along with Seaview Hotel’s Patricia Pedlow, while Lisa and Richard Long will teach tenor and side drums. Garry Murphy and Laura Lynch assume the roles of sides and tenor tutors.

With 28 members so far, the band is going from strength to strength and hope to secure funding to buy kilts and instruments in the near future. But in the meantime, it’s up to fundraiser Tracey Maddison to acquire the necessary cash.

“We are practising with chanters and beaters at the moment,” says mum of five Carol-Anne, “But we’re looking into lottery funding and that kind of thing to help buy equipment.”

The band’s committee have implemented policies to promote equal opportunities as well as anti-bullying and have a strict child protection policy.

Those interested in joining should heard down to Buchanhaven School in Peterhead on Monday evenings at 7pm or search for Peterhead and District Pipe Band on Facebook. Practice costs £2 weekly and children under 11 must be accompanied by an adult on their first visit.

Email secretary@peterheadpipeband.org for more information.