Band looking to form new group

Brechin pipe band led the procession.

Brechin pipe band led the procession.

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The City of Brechin and District Pipe Band is hoping to form a new band for children in Brechin and the surrounding area.

Pipe Major Craig Black explained: “Our Grade Four band has fallen by the wayside, and we are looking to form a Novice Juvenile band for those up to the age of 18, but this means starting from scratch. Ideally, we’d like the kids to be from the age of eight up.”

The band would meet once a week to practice.

Craig said: “We’ve got a couple of kids that come along at the moment, but we are planning to hold an open day on Saturday, April 25, at the Band Hall at the Inch to gauge how much interest there is. We have had a few enquiries, and anyone who is interested would be welcome to come along and find out what’s involved.”

As well as playing at local events, such as the Pageant, the band also competes in a number of competitions throughout Scotland during the summer, and perform at various highland games up and down the country.

Discussing the open day, Craig continued: “It will give us a chance to explain a bit more about what the band does, what the band is about and how the instruments work.”

Instruments include the bagpipes, snare drum, bass drum and tenor drum, and the tuition is 100 per cent free.

The open day will be held from 11 a.m. at the Band Hall at the Inch in Brechin on April 25.

Craig added: “We are always looking for experienced players for our Grade Three band as well, so anyone interested is welcome to come along too.”