We are keen to encourage schools in your area to take part in the first Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships which are due to take place on March 10 next year at Broughton High School in Edinburgh.
The idea of the competition is to provide an event for established and new bands to compete in what should be an inspiring event.
The championships are being run with the blessing of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, but is not one of their official events. The association has also kindly agreed to waive its rules on membership to allow young players registered with a non-school band to play for their school at this competition.
Already more than 20 schools from across the country have signed up to take part in this new initiative which will become an annual event. We would like schools with even just four pipers on their roll to consider participating.
More details can be found at www.scottishschoolspipebandchampionships.com.
(chairman, Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships)