The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships
Every school needs a pipe band
The Third Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships is to be held on Sunday March 8 at Broughton High School in Edinburgh and neighbouring Fettes College.
This is the biggest school’s piping event in the world – and we want to see your school there. If you have just formed a band – or have won the worlds there is a class for you – with a total of over £6000 in prize money.
There is a section for every school band – from those fresh from winning the world championships to a school having a go at competing for the first time.
- Juvenile – for RSPBA registered school bands
- Novice Juvenile – for RSPBA registered school bands
- Junior A – for competing non RSPBA registered bands
- Junior B – for bands that may only have competed in this event last year
- Debut – for first timer school bands
- Quartet – by invitation only
- Freestyle Musicianship - for any participating band with an appetite for innovation and fun
- Juvenile, Novice Juvenile, Junior A, Junior B and Debut: 1st £500, 2nd £300, 3rd £200.
- Invitation Quartet: 1st £250, 2nd £150, 3rd £100.
- Freestyle Musicianship Event: 1st £500, 2nd £250.
Innovation, musicality and fun are the key words of this category - it’s the only event of its kind in any piping competiton - and in 2014 it went down a storm – check out the rules here.
Entry is free and there may be financial assistance for bands traveling long distances to attend the championships.
The Championships are being run with the blessing of the governing body of such events: The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association – but is not an official RSPBA event.
The rules are similar to RSPBA competitions – but the association has generously decided to waive the restriction on players registered with one band performing with another to allow those registered with non-school bands to pipe or drum for their school.
If you are interested in taking part as a school please click here to contact the championships administrator, Patrick Gascoigne.