Pipers compete internationally

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Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band have wrapped up an eventful summer after performing at both European and World Pipe Band Championships.

The band’s busy summer schedule began with a trip to Barra during the last week of school where they played for the pupils and staff at Castlebay School.

This was closely followed by ‘Piping Hot Forres’, venue of the European Pipe Band Championships, where pipers and drum corps completed their set proficiently despite heavy rain.

The day ended in style when the band were invited to play at a wedding reception in the village of Abriachan.

In July, a number of band members traveled north to perform at the North Harris Show.

There was also a fair turnout for the South Uist and Benbecula Agricultural Show later in the month.

Then the band were honoured with an invitation to the Harris Tweed Tattoo in Stornoway on 8th and 9th August.

Band members had learnt a selection of tunes which they played in a ‘massed bands’ event at the Tattoo, alongside Uist Pipe Band and several other bands from further afield, including world-famous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Canada. After a few days at home, the young pipers and drummers were off again to the World Pipe Band Championships on 15th and 16th August.

Held on Glasgow Green, there were two days of mixed weather while bands competed at all levels. Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band were in Novice Juvenile - a class with a total 28 pipe bands competing.

Although the band did not make the Final round, they had performed well and worked hard to keep any nervousness at bay.

The final outdoor event of the year was on Tuesday, September 2nd. The Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band pupils were invited by Comann na Mara to play for the Princess Royal and all those present for the opening of the new marina at Lochmaddy.