Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships 2017 – results
The results after a very busy day today at James Gillespie's High School in Edinburgh are:
Juvenile – 1. George Watson’s College; 2. Dollar Academy; 3. George Heriot’s School.
Novice Juvenile A – 1. George Watson’s College; 2. Dollar Academy; 3. Ross &
Cromarty Pipes and Drums.
Novice Juvenile B – 1. Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band; 2. George Watson’s College; 3. Davidson’s Mains Schools.
Junior A – 1. Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools; 2. Fettes College; 3. St Columba’s School.
Junior B – 1. Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools; 2. The Community School of Auchterarder; 3. The High School
Debut A – 1. Renfrewshire Schools; 2. George Watson’s College; 3. Sanquhar Academy.
Debut B – 1. Gairloch High School; 2. McLaren High School; 3. Lewis & Harris Youth Pipe Band.
Judges: Jennifer Hutcheon, George Wilson, Alvis Kerr and John McCarlie (piping); Bill Black and Paul Turner (drumming); James Campbell and Jim Baxter (ensemble);
Quartets – 1. St Andrew’s High School; 2. Beath High School; 3. St Columba’s RC High School.
Judges: Tom Speirs and Harry McNulty.
Freestyle – 1. Sgoil Lionacleit; 2. Gordonstoun School; 3. The High School of Glasgow.
Judges: Craig Anderson, Craig Munro, Gary West and Phil Cunningham.
David Johnston, chairman of the Scottish Schools Pipe and Drums Trust said: “The whole purpose of this event is to encourage the formation of pipe bands in state schools and to put our national instruments on a par with other music provision in the classroom.
“Currently, we support the delivery of piping and drumming tuition to over 2,000 young people in programmes the length and breadth of the country and we are keen to see that number increase rapidly. We welcome approaches from local authorities and others who need funding to get tuition going where currently there is none, and we can draw in other funders to help the process and make the projects sustainable.
“We are building up a body of hard evidence that shows how members of school pipe bands achieve positive destinations on leaving secondary education armed with the many qualities grown by band involvement – qualities of confidence, discipline, comradeship, dress sense and commitment that will serve them well in later life.”
John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, said: “Music si a vital part of who we are; it enriches us culturally, economically and personally. Learning to play an instrument helps people develop many skills that they can apply to other areas of learning and which are also useful in wider life and work.”
The prizes were presented by Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party.