After a successful year, a new grade beckons for the Lewis Pipe Band as they secure yet another promotion.
Following on from their Championship win at the Cowal Games in Dunoon, the band have recently been promoted up to Grade 3B in what is fast becoming a meteoric rise in the pipe band scene.
In the space of two short years, the band has competed in three competitions, earning three trophies, one championship win and now, their second promotion.
The Western Isles have a rich history in producing great musicians and pipers, and are now being taken notice of throughout the pipe band circuit almost 110 years after the band was formed in 1904. The hard work and dedication of the band members has been rewarded with silverware and recognition, and are now preparing hard for their step up to their new grade to play against hardened and experienced competitors.
Pipe Major Peter Mackay said of the promotion: “This is amazing news, words can’t describe how I felt when I heard. It’s a terrific achievement for the band who’ve practiced really hard over the last year, and is a great way to finish the season. The hard work begins now as we prepare for next year and I’d like to encourage any players out there to come along to our practice and be part of the band for next year.”
New classes have recently started for learners with around 25 young people attending looking to get into piping and drumming, and the band is always on the lookout for any experienced players wishing to join and be part of the group. Anyone wishing to come along to a practice should get in touch via the Band website or Facebook page.
The Band will also play one final parade in the town centre this Saturday, the 28th of September at 3pm. The Band would like to thank their sponsors, Fidhleirean Eilean an Fhraoich, Harris Tweed Scotland, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Stornoway Sea Angling Club and O’Mac Construction, as without the support of them and the public, none of these achievements would be possible.