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Carnoustie & District

Pipe Band

Carnoustie & District Pipe Band began as an idea in 2007 but did not appear as an actual band till July 2008, when they appeared in brand new uniforms at the Carnoustie Gala.  It had a growing number of members from across Angus and beyond.  Hence the wearing of the Angus County Tartan.

In August 2018, the existing Pipe Major left the band, taking with him a number of established members, and the decision was made by the remaining members to return all operations to their base in the town of Carnoustie itself.

Immediately, there has been a more radical change of restructuring the tuition classes by  returning to its earliest basis of being more locally involved.  To this end a major drive has been undertaken to recruit by offering tuition to young local people wanting to learn and become members.  This move has been so successful that an additional practice day has been added to allow for one2one lessons need by pupils of all ages.

Since January 2020 it is safe to say that Carnoustie & District Pipe Band have been attracting new members for both Pipe and Drum Corps whilst bringing on their local youngsters. Following the  return to their root in Carnoustie, it has been noticed that some local players have decided to return to the band and this is being addressed.

The introduction of a “Structured Learning” Bagpipe program has begun to have effect with existing learners reaching new levels in winning a schools chanter contest in Kincardineshire, and then a further two youngsters joined in by attending the Branch Solos in Dundee and the Vale of Atholl solos. Three good performances with prizes.

 Everything was going well until the arrival of the Covid19 crisis.  Group practices are suspended nationally, but we have continued our work with on-line solo lessons three days a week.

Once the recovery starts, we will be re-organising our practice nights and locations and although we will be retaining the Monday evening practice, the location will change.  The full band practice will be at the same location but will be moving the day to allow for our members having other demanding interests on Thursdays. Interestingly, it looks like the Friday daytime lessons will continue at the same location once ubnder way again.

Basically, the band is reforming from the floor up and are in need of more experienced pipers and drummers to form the basic elements on which to build.  Now is your chance to be part of this excisting project by simply contacting the folks bellow.

The big push is to find a drumming instructor(s) to look after our young learner Side, Tenor and Bass drummers.

Andrew Brown (DDabrown636@glow.sch.uk)

Gordon Rogers (ghcrogers@sky.com)

THE COMMITTEE

Chairman: David Gibson

Secretary: Andrew Brown (DDabrown636@glow.sch.uk)

Treasurer: Sandy Burgess


Piping Instructor:

Gordon Rogers (ghcrogers@sky.com)


CONTACT

Secretary
Andrew Brown
07921 163868
DDabrown636@glow.sch.uk

      A registered charity, Carnoustie and District Pipe Band is a non-profit organisation. The band is reliant on the goodwill of band members, their families and local support. If you would like to sponsor the band or work in partnership with them I would be delighted to hear from you.

In late 2007, the founder members of the band, David Gibson, Scott Phillips and Gordon Rogers enlisted the experienced help of Ron McKay, an ex-member of Red Hackle in considering the forming of Carnoustie’s first ever R.S.P.B.A., Pipe Band.

Initially, a few practices were held with the Practical Pipers Society, organised by Gordon Rogers and his wife Valerie, to see if the idea of a band was feasible. These practices went very well and in March 2008, the Carnoustie and District Pipe Band was formed.







     Over the winter of 2018-19 the Band have worked hard at pulling things together by increasing their learners class from five to ten and attracting some of the members who departed the organisation when they mistakenly decided to move their practices away from the town.

     This has been reversed and the band has grown once more with learners gaining prizes and clearly enjoying the experience.

     In May 2019 it was decided to hold a Saturday morning practice session, for one day only, to give the university students returning to the band the chance of a good practice session all in one place.

     This was a total success with 12 pipers turning up along with a group of returning drummers, but the doors were opened to some invited drummers just wanting to have a session.

     It was also marked with the arrival a new set of Pipe Chanters from R T Shephard & Son.