Pipe Band Concert
15th May, 2017
The Pipe Band’s annual Summer Concert took place in the Memorial Hall on the evening of Tuesday 9 May. A sizable and appreciative audience was entertained by the Pringle beginner drummers, as they opened the concert with a 2/4 March beating .This was followed by a drum fanfare from the more experienced Pringle drum corps, which was then joined by the pipers for Amazing Grace and a March selection, with soloist Will N leading (photo).
Next up was a representative band from primary pupils who have been learning through our Sounds Like Friday project. Pupils in P5 – P7 from North Edinburgh area Primary Schools can have free Piping and Drumming lessons at Merchiston on Friday afternoons in term time, with the scheme administered by Edinburgh Council and the tuition paid for by Merchiston. This year, 12 pipers and 12 drummers performed a drum salute and a March selection suitable for performance in the Novice Juvenile section of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Competitions. Many of the boys’ and girls’ parents joined our parents in supporting this event.
Our own Senior Band continued the evening’s entertainment, with renditions of their own Competition-type March, Strathspey and Reel, Medley selection, Jig selection, The Gael and a further drum fanfare. The proceedings were rounded off with the now traditional Massed Band performance of well known Scottish airs, including Highland Cathedral.
Many thanks are due to our own instructors, Mr Jim Walker (Drumming) and Mr Barry Donaldson (Piping), and Drum Major Brian Alexander and Andy Donaldson (both drums), who help out with the Friday sessions.
A vote of thanks on the night was given by Deputy Head, Mr Alan Johnson.