Closing dates for the 2021 Vale of Atholl Pipeband Junior Piping and Drumming Competiton has been extended.
Entry forms must be submitted by 28 January 2021, and video submissions by 30 January 2021. The prizegiving will be on 06 February 2021! Get your entries in, and good luck!
Entry for the 2021 Vale of Atholl Pipeband Junior Piping and Drumming Competiton is now Open! Please click on the link above under the heading "Online Entries".
Please complete the form and select all the events you wish to enter. The entry fee required will be displayed at the bottom of the form. Once complete, please submit your form. You will see a confirmation message before being automatically transferred to PayPal where you must pay the entry fee. Entries are only valid once the entry fee has been paid.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 14 January 2021 at Midday. All video recordings must be emailed to email@example.com by Sat 16 January 2021. Please see entry form for full breakdown of rules.
We look forward to welcoming all the participants. Good luck!
Roddy Weir has joined the Grade 3 band as Pipe Sergeant. Roddy is a vastly experienced piper and instructor. He Joined the British Army to play with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards and in the latter years became Pipe Major of the Royal Highland Fusiliers and at The Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming at Redford Barracks, Edinburgh. He is a prize-winning solo piper, too, including having won prizes over the years at the Argyllshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting. Interestingly, Roddy learned to play as a youngster at his primary school in Dundee where the instructor was … Ian Duncan. Remembers Ian: "Roddy was one of my first pupils after leaving the maths class in 1979 to be the piping teacher for Dundee's schools. This would around 1980. I taught Roddy for seven years including when he went to Whitfield High School.”
Roddy left the Army in 2014 and currently works for Fife Council as a Piping Instructor. He lives just outside Edinburgh.
Mark Stewart, Pipe Major of the Grade 3 band, said: “I first met Roddy when we both played in Drambuie Kirkliston Pipe Band under Ian Duncan. We both played in Fife Police at the same time, too. I’m really looking forward to working with him." Vale Chairman, Ian Elrick, said: “We’re delighted that Roddy is joining us. He is a vastly experienced piper and instructor who, we are sure, will prove to be an asset for us. Roddy is very much looking forward to joining The Vale of Atholl team and helping Pipe Major Mark Stewart taking the band forward in this exciting new chapter!
Unfortunetely, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we have cancelled all planned Highland Night events for 2020 until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you as soon as the situation changes.
Further to his appointment in November as Piping Instructor, we are delighted to announce Gary Nimmo’s additional appointment to the role of Pipe Major of our Grade 4 band. Gary will be working with Pipe Sergeant Irralee MacNab and Leading Drummer Amy Wilson preparing the band for the forthcoming competition season.
Gary joins as the former Pipe Corporal of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, and former Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band.
Gary said: “After working with the band over the last few months, I am delighted to be taking on this extra responsibility, and being part of a world class teaching organisation. Such community focused groups are absolutely vital for the development of pipers and drummers of the future. Also, after speaking to Mark Stewart about his vision for the Vale of Atholl, it was a very easy decision to be part of it."
Ian Elrick, Chairman of the Vale said: “We are all very excited about this appointment and along with Mark Stewart taking on the Grade 3 that the band has never been in better hands for many years."
As ever, if there are any youngsters in the area who would like to learn the pipes or drums, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have a fantastic tuition programme overseen by Gary and supported by Landrover Experience Scotland. Lessons are FREE and aimed at youngsters aged eight and over.
The Junior Piping and Drumming Competition took place on Saturday 18th January 2020, at Pitlochry High school. The full results are available here.
Special thanks to McCallum Bagpipes, The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust and Perth and Kinross council for all their support in ensuring the 2020 Junior Competition was a success.
Congratulations to our champion pipers for 2020, Katie Duthie(Under 15) and Archie Clark(15-18)!
We are delighted to appoint Gary Nimmo as our Principal Piping Instructor. Gary is from the Falkirk area and comes with a wealth of experience in teaching, whilst playing at the highest level of pipe bands.
Gary started learning aged 10, under the tutelage of Logan Tannock, with whom he continues to work alongside part-time in Clackmannan Schools.
Having spend 10 years as schools instructor for Falkirk Council, Gary spent a further six years in the north-west of Scotland, encompassing the Ullapool and Gairloch areas. During this period he developed the Ullapool Pipe Band, with his most notable successes including 2x Scottish Schools titles, RSPBA Scottish and World Champions and also a winner of the BBC MG Alba Trad Awards Pipe Band of the Year. This period also saw the creation and development of a brand new pipe band in Gairloch. He now runs his own successful company Achiltibuie Bagpipe Specialists, which includes the ABS Piping and Drumming School in Falkirk.
Gary is a former member of Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, Clan Gregor Society, Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles, Royal Burgh of Stirling and spent five years leading the UK based team of the Grade 1 Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band of Vancouver, Canada.
Gary said: “I’m delighted to be able to be involved in what is a very exciting project. I’m truly thankful to Ian Duncan and Ian Elrick for this opportunity, and look forward to working closely with the bands leadership to help continue the great work already in place to deliver structure and success for the future.”
We're also delighted to announce that Scott Campbell is taking over as the senior Drumming Instructor for the tutorial programme and will be working with the Grade 4 band.
In addition, Irralee Stewart and Amy Wilson have taken over as Pipe Major and Lead Drummer respectively under the guidance of Gary Nimmo and Scott Campbell. To help with the running of the Grade 4 band we have appointed Vale trustee, Graham Waugh as Band Manager.
Congratulations to Gillie McNab on her British Empire Medal (B.E.M) award for services to The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band and to the community in Perthshire. Very well deserved!