European contest for local pipe band

Members of the City of Brechin Pipe Band are busy practicing for the European Pipe Band Championships in Forres in June.

Both the grade 3 and grade 4 bands are hoping they will be crowned European champions when they compete in the championships on Satursday, June 29.

Donning the City of Brechin tartan will be Liam Brown from St Cyrus who, at the age of just eight years-old, is possibly one of the youngest pipers to compete in the grade 4 competition.

The band is a very family oriented band with a husband and wife in grade 4, who have two daughters in grade 3. They have a third daughter who plays in the Buchan grade 2 band.

Additionally there is a father and daughter in grade 3, and a younger daughter placesin grade 4.

Kath McAndres, the band’s secretary has a son, Paul who designed the City of Brechin tartan, and a daughter-in-law, Gwen who play in the band.

During the course of the day 122 bands from across the world will attend the championships - the first time it has been held in Forres and can attract crowds of up to 10,000.

If you want to support the local band tickets for the event can be purchased from on of the day of the championship.

To help warm up for the European Championships the City of Brechin Pipe Band will be travelling to British Championships on Saturday (May 25) at Bathgate.

The following week they will take a break from competition playing to host their Summer Concert in the City Hall on Satursday, June 1.

A week later they will take the short trip to Glamis to take part in the Strathmore Highland Games.

One of the main aims of the band is to encourage the playing of pipes and drums by providing free tuition to local youngsters.

The bands meet in the pipe band hall at Brechin Leisure Centre with the grade 3a band meeting on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m and the grade 4b band meets on a Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

For more information or to find out how to join visit