One of the oldest civilian pipe bands in the world is on the look-out for new young talent to help build for the future.
Wallacestone and District Pipe Band was formed in 1887, the village’s miners contributing part of their hard-earned wages to finance it . Today, it is still completely self-supporting.
Now, in its 127th year, band leaders are looking to ensure its future by encouraging a new generation of young musicians who can continue the band’s successful traditions.
Band secretary Stephen Macdonald said: “The foundation of the band has always been the tuition of pipers and drummers to develop them and their skills and this continues today with the majority of the playing members of the band having come through the teaching programme at some point.
“The band currently has a number of learners, both pipers and drummers, who are at the point where they need to develop further and gain experience before progressing to the senior band.
“And in order to do this we are looking to form a feeder band to allow these and other players to gain the experience they need.
“The band has been built on its ethos of free tuition to anyone interested in playing the pipes or drums so if you are looking to learn, get in touch and we will be happy to see you coming along.”
Currently led by Pipe Major Neil Henderson, the band enjoyed a successful season in 2012 – its 125th anniversary – when it was promoted to grade 3B. Members added to the success by being placed at three of the five major championships in 2013, one of which was clinching the British Championship. This year the band was placed at four out of the five majors.