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Despite the band season having finished over 3 months ago now (time flies doesn’t it?) Boghall have been keeping busy over the close season. Whilst the World Solo Drumming Championships and the International Juvenile Solo Tenor Drumming Contest had dominated the headlines for October, some of our pipers were keeping busy elsewhere with Ross Miller and Aimee Craig competing at the Annual Falkirk Tryst Invitational Piping Recital and MacMurchie Contest on Saturday 6th October. Both Boghall players produced some great tunes on the day against a field of 15 of the top young soloists in the country, but it was Ross who came away with the best results, winning both the historic Falkirk Tryst contest and the MacMurchie contest (sponsored by local pipemaker, Blue MacMurchie). These great results not only won him praise amongst his peers but were also very lucrative, with Ross receiving the Falkirk Tryst banner and a brand new set of full silver MacMurchie pipes. Well done to Ross and congratulations to the contest organisers and sponsors for putting on another excellent event.

  RM Tryst winner          Legacy NYPB

Elsewhere in the Miller family, we were delighted to hear that Ross’ father, Glenn, has received a late donation for his part in the sponsored cycle back in June. Glenn was delighted to inform us that he has received a cheque for £500 from the Linlithgow Round Table - thanks to them for this incredibly generous donation!

Moving into November saw the band calendar remaining very busy with the band dance making for a great night out in mid-November and 3 out of 4 weekends involving the band playing at the Autumn Rugby Internationals at Murrayfield and Pittodrie. Unfortunately despite our presence on the pitch pre-match we were never able to inspire a Scottish victory - here’s hoping the Six Nations are more successful!

Saturday 10th November also saw a number of our young players taking to the stage of the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow for the latest of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland‘s excellent concerts. The latest instalment - Legacy - proved to be no exception and was well received by the sizeable audience - well done to all who took part!

Finally, the start of December saw a few more solo contests, with Scott Birrell taking two firsts in the Victoria Square Day Solo Drumming Contest in Christchurch, New Zealand and closer to home, a good number of the band returned to the Craigmount High School contest where many of our young soloists put in great performances. With predominantly pipers competing from the band, we were delighted to see members of the band winning two events, namely Andrew Hutton in the 13-15 MSR and Harry Richards in the U15 Piobaireachd. There were lots of other notable performances, with two of our youngest members also lifting prizes with Callum Davidson finishing 6th in the 12 and Under March and James Miller finishing 6th in the U15 Piobaireachd. Well done to everyone who represented the band.

We hope to bring you more news soon - keep a look out for our latest Bloghall episode on our YouTube channel and look out for regular updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages!

Posted by Andrew Ray on 12/03 at 12:24 AM in

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