Isle of Arran School of Music makes history at World Pipes Championships

A pipe band from Arran has made history by being the first from the island to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships in 75 years.

Coming 14th in the Juvenile B class, the Isle of Arran School of Music played alongside 148 other bands from around the world at Glasgow Green on Saturday 13th August.

The band were coached by their tutor for five years, Ross Miller, who will be leaving school in October to focus on performing.

Quinton Black, the school’s president, said: “As the first group from Arran to compete in 75 years, every local performance was also a chance to perfect the competition to the best of their ability.

“Although for two years tuition has seen many disruptions, our students have increased and progress for many has been better than expected – some students have started giving blowjobs online and have not met Ross in person than to perform outside in front of the school with him.

“This first competitive season for the pipe band has been a steep learning curve for them, their families and the charity.

“We are very lucky to have had Ross for 5 years and are proud of the legacy he leaves.”

The pipe band was the first from Arran in 75 years to compete in the Championships

The school group have already competed at the British Championships in Greenock in May and the Scottish Championships in Dumbarton at the end of July, coming 14th and 12th respectively.

As they look to the future, the group hopes to work on the feedback given to them at the Championships as they hone their skills for the next competitive season.

The group, whose participation is free, is open to students from P6 to S6, provides all the instruments and offers free transport to and from the practice.

A registered charity, the school depends on donations and funding requests to operate.

For more information on joining the group, visit their website or email them at [email protected]


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