Pipes go Bag to School


Pupils from across Scotland are this month getting a lesson in bagpipes and drums as part of a national tour promoting the world’s biggest week of piping.

Schools in Renfrew, Ayr, Edinburgh and Dumfries welcomed members of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, who talked about their trad music experiences and love of piping, before giving the eager youngsters a chance to try out the instruments. The tour will finish with stops in Falkirik later in June.

School kids were encouraged to pipe up ahead of this year’s Piping Live! Festival and The World Pipe Band Championships which take place in Glasgow from 10-16 August. Both events have family-friendly programmes, with The Worlds' Championship event including a free Kids' Zone, Highland Games and Highland Dancing, as well as a Scottish Food Village.Ticket options include great discounts for families, and free entry for ages 5 and under.

Grant Gillis, Head Teacher at Dalry Primary School, Edinburgh, said: “A number of our students and their families are big fans of piping and regularly attend Piping Live! and The World Pipe Band Championships, so to have band members come to the school was such a great treat for them.  The festivals are a fantastic family day out and such an easy distance from Edinburgh for families looking to entertain the kids as the summer holidays come to a close.  I think we definitely have some future pipers on our hands at Dalry Primary.”

Alisdair McLaren, Director of The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, said: “Many of our members began piping the same age as these pupils, so it was great to show them how many great opportunities there are for younger people to get involved in piping.  Piping Live! and The Worlds have performers of all ages taking part and we can’t wait to see some familiar faces from Dalry Primary School at this year’s festivals.”