Inverness Provost beats the drum for City Youth Pipe Band

City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band
Provost of Inverness Helen Carmichael meets some of the members of City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band

Young drummers and pipers from the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band will give a public performance this weekend (Saturday 29 August, 1:15pm) at Tesco Ness-side, Inverness before guest of honour, Provost of Inverness and Area, Councillor Helen Carmichael.

The band is performing for a charity event at the supermarket with a complete new set of drums funded by the Inverness Common Good Fund. Provost Carmichael will hear and inspect the new drums purchased with £4,500 Inverness Common Good funding.

Co-Chair of the Youth Pipe Band Parent Committee Rhona Nicholson said: “The children, parents, Pipe Major Lewis Barclay and Drum Major David Murray are extremely grateful to The Highland Council’s City of Inverness Area Committee for supporting the band to purchase this new drum kit.

“The funding has enabled us to provide our young drummers with 6 new side drums; 2 new tenor drums; and 1 new bass drum. Apart from sounding amazing - the new drums are lighter in weight, of modern technology and purchased in blue to match the band’s kilt uniform giving a great incentive to the drum corps to develop. While the new drum kit will be used on parade and in performances, the old drums will be used to develop the up-and-coming learners aspiring to play in the band in the future.”

Provost Carmichael said: “Inverness Members are delighted to support the City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band. The young musicians are a credit to their parents, tutors and themselves and are great ambassadors for the City of Inverness.

“Members appreciate the support and sense of occasion that the band gives to civic events such as the Kirking of the Council; the annual Bonfire; Charleston Gala and Christmas Fete; Inverness Bunkers Festival; Burns Night Parade and special events such as the visit of the Dalai Lama to Inverness, and the Highland Military Tattoo at Fort George.

“We are always delighted to see the young players turn out looking and sounding extremely professional and we hope that the new drums will help to ensure that the band goes on from strength to strength.”

The City of Inverness Youth Pipe Band is a registered charity with a parent and volunteer-managed committee. The band meets on Monday evenings during school terms at Millburn Academy, Inverness. Tuition is led by Highland Council music Instructors as an extension to the Council’s Instrumental Tuition Service. Band members are principally, but not exclusively, from the Inverness area.

For further information visit the band’s website or Facebook. Full information about Highland Council’s Instrumental Tuition Service can be found here.
28 Aug 2015