Four young drummers from the Highlands are heading to Glasgow to compete in the Pipe Band World Solo Drumming Championships on the 17th of October. It's believed to be over 20 years since there has been a junior entry at the event so all those involved are delighted that these drummers have taken up the challenge.
Two members (pictured) from the Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School, Dingwall Academy pupils Melvine Lynch, 12 and Lucy Finnie, 13 said: “The main reason for competing at the world solo drumming is to gain experience and to have the opportunity to watch some of the best drummers perform as soloists.”
Highland Council’s Pipe Band Drumming Instructor, Drew Caldwell said: “It’s a fantastic event to watch and even better to participate in. Performing solo is not for everybody however, it's a great way to build up self-confidence and gives you something to work towards during the closed season. I’m proud of all the drummers for having the drive, and determination to represent RACPADS and the Highlands.”
The Highland Council’s Music Development Officer, Norman Bolton added: “Having Pipe Band drumming as part of the Council’s Instrumental Tuition Service has already given many pupils the opportunity to develop personal skills in addition to becoming members of some of our Area Pipe Bands and Highland Youth Pipe Band. The standard achieved in a relatively short space of time by these pupils is quite incredible and I wish Melvine and Lucy the best of luck at the Championships. The same good luck wishes also go to Plockton High pupil Alaina Maclennan, 14 from Kyle and Charleston Academy pupil Lewis Macrae, 14 who have also made the commitment to travel south and compete as snare drummers.”