The Sounds of Scotland
When: Saturday 22 July, 7.30pm
Where: Albury Entertainment Centre, 525 Swift Street, Albury
Price: $35 Adult, $25 Concession, $30 Members, Children 18 months & under free on the knee.
A Scottish Spectacular.
Come and see the Scots School Pipe Band at their last Australian appearance before performing at the 2017 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Also featuring the world premiere of "Salute to Albury's Own".
The Scots School Pipe Band has been in existence since 1939, and in recent years has been making a name for itself. In 2014 the pipe band made its first international trip, performing at the Jakarta Highland Gathering where it was crowned South East Asian Champions in the Juvenile grade, a feat that it repeated in 2015. In August 2014, members of the band travelled to Scotland to compete at several competitions including the World Pipe Band Championships. The trip provided an incredible musical experience for the pipe band students and exposed them to many world class bands that rarely perform in Australia. In October 2014, still buzzing from its adventure in Scotland, the pipe band travelled to Canberra for the 2014 ACT Championships where it was crowned champions in the grade 4 competition.
2016 saw the pipe band vying for national championships on either side of the Tasman. In March the band travelled to the North Island township of Feilding for the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships, competing against many polished bands in both the grade 4 and Juvenile competitions. One of the highlights of the trip was the band’s grade 4 mid-section drummers (bass and tenor drums) winning the best mid-section prize in the grade 4 competition; a fantastic achievement against some tough competition. History was made in October when the pipe band competed for the first time at the 2016 Australian Pipe Band Championships. Although several members of the band had previously competed at the Nationals as members of other bands, this was the first time The Scots School Albury Pipe Band had competed as its own entity. The band finished 4th in the grade 4 competition in a pool of 23 bands and 5th in the Juvenile grade which featured some of the top young piping and drumming talent from across Australia and New Zealand.
The pipe band played a pivotal role in celebrating the school’s sesquicentennial year in 2016 when it proudly performed at The Scots School Albury’s 150th Anniversary Highland Gathering and Tattoo. The event drew over 4,000 people to the school grounds and the crowd was treated to a great range of entertainment including pipe bands, highland dancing, clan tents, kilted warriors and a delicious selection of food.
The band performs at countless community events across the border region and beyond every year and has proudly represented the school at competitions across New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. In a single year, the Pipe Band can conduct up to 50 Band and solo performances – an extraordinary achievement.
The band currently has 32 players registered with the Australian Pipe Band Association for the purposes of competing at Association competitions and there are 56 pupils attending piping and drumming tuition each week.