Scotmid drums up cash for pipe band

Pictured left to right are Orla Sutherland, Marjorie Smith (Regional committee scotmid) and Grant Sanderson. (Picture by Matthew Neve).
Pictured left to right are Orla Sutherland, Marjorie Smith (Regional committee scotmid) and Grant Sanderson. (Picture by Matthew Neve).

The MacDonald Energy City of Brechin Pipe Band has received a cheque to the tune of £250 from the Scotmid Co-operative.

The money, which was allocated from the Society’s Regional Community Grant Fund, will be used to fund the cost of instruments for loan to new and prospective learners hoping to become part of the band.

Band treasurer, Ian Mckay who made the application on behalf of the City of Brechin Pipe Band said: “It is the primary aim of the band to safeguard the traditions of piping and drumming within our community and of course, attracting and teaching new learners is key to this aim.

“The initial cost of equipment can be prohibitive to new learners therefore receiving some extra money to invest in practice instruments is a real bonus to us.

“We also hope to be able to put some of the donation towards a new uniform for one of our junior members.”

The City of Brechin Pipe Band has two competing bands and is a registered member of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. The band offers free tuition with a progression path for learners, firstly to public performances and on to competitive playing.

Marjory Smith, a Scotmid East Regional Committee member, representing membership from the North, presented the cheque on behalf of Scotmid and said: “I am delighted that Scotmid’s East Regional Committee has recognised the City of Brechin Pipe Band as a genuine and worthwhile cause to support.

“Not only does the Band encourage an interest in music and participation in an extracurricular activity amongst youngsters, it is also playing an important part in preserving Brechin’s own history of Scottish traditions.”

Brechin Pipe Band has operated under its current constitution since 1950. The constitution includes providing service to the ancient office of Town Piper by the Pipe Major who maintains and plays the ‘Town Bagpipes’.