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Great start to the season at L+B Mini-Bands


Boghall and Bathgate kicked off the 2013 season with some great performances at the annual Lothian and Borders branch solo and mini band contest. This year’s event was held at the James Young High School in Livingston and proved to be a great day with the branch seeing its biggest ever entry with over 300 solo and 80 band performances. It was fantastic to see Boghall contributing strongly towards this with over 50 entries from learners on the chanter right up to two Grade 1 mini-bands - the first time the Grade 1 band has competed in the mini-bands for over 10 years. After some excellent solo performances, the band was delighted to come away with the following prizes:

Solo Piping:


Over 18 MSR: 1st Alexander Scougall, 3rd Emma Buchan
18&U Willie Fergusson: 2nd Matthew McCafferty
15-18 MSR: 3rd Harry Richards
14&U MSR: 3rd James Miller
14&U Novice March: 3rd: Callum Davidson
Over 11 Chanter: 3rd Euan Hatcher

Solo Drumming:


Over 18 MSR: 4th Ross Walker
15-18 MSR: 2nd Christie McKenna
Over 18 Tenor MSR: 1st Stuart Williamson

After a busy morning of solo performances, it was time for the mini-bands. This was the first competitive performance for the Novice Juvenile Pipe Band under the leadership of recently appointed P/M Ali Scougall and assistant P/M David Burnside. It was great to see the improvement that this band has made in the last few months and it was encouraging to hear such a high quality of competition throughout the Novice grade. After two strong performances, it was promising to see both bands finish up just outside the prize list in 7th and 8th out of 18 bands. Even more encouraging was the performance of the Novice Juvenile band when they played up to the Juvenile Grade. This was their first outing of their medley and they were delighted to finish in 4th place, beating two Juvenile bands in the process. You can hear their performance below.


P/M Ali Scougall said “I was delighted to have some great performances for our first outing as a band. It has given us a great platform to build from in the lead up to an exciting and competitive season.”

Meanwhile, the Grade 1 band made their first appearance at the mini-band competition for many years. P/M Ross Walker said “It proved a good opportunity to put ourselves and our instruments under some pressure prior to the start of the outdoor season. It also gave me the chance to give some new players valuable competition experience prior to the first major championship, so all in all it was a very successful day.” The band put in two very strong performances finishing in 1st and 2nd place and will be delighted to have got their season off to a strong start months ahead of the start of the outdoor season. Both bands now turn their attention to continued competition preparation - you can next see the Novice Juvenile band competing at the Dunbar Highland Games on Saturday 11th May, whilst the Grade 1 band look forward to starting their outdoor season at the West Lothian Highland Games on Saturday 18th May.

Posted by Andrew Ray on 03/28 at 04:56 PM in Homepage

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