This year top Grade 1 band, Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia will be performing alongside Bucksburn and District Pipe Band at the Bands annual concert, to be held for the second year running at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom, on May 26 2017. Tickets can be purchased from Aberdeen Box Office
The Band is delighted to announce that Shannon Brown has joined the Grade 2 Band as tenor drummer and tutor to the section. Shannon started playing with Craigmount in Edinburgh at the age of 9, and joined ScottishPower when she was 16 when she also started her teaching career. She has also played with Denny and Dunipace and was runner-up at the World solo drumming Championships in 2015.
The Band is delighted to announce that David Richardson has joined the Grade 2 Band as its new lead drummer, taking over from Joe Fleming. Also joining the drum corp are side drummers Johnathan Grant, Mark Low and Stephanie Richardson.
Originally from Edinburgh, David has 23 years of pipe band drumming experience, beginning with Selkirk Pipe Band before going on to play with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, and later Grade 1 Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band under L-D Arthur Cook. He then played with Central Scotland Police and again in Grade 1 with Denny and Dunipace, before moving to the Highlands where he was L-D with Ullapool and District, winning best drum corp at the 2016 UK, European and The Worlds at Grade 4A.
Anyone wishing to join David and his drum corp please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Band is delighted to announce that a number of new pipers have joined the pipe corp for the 2017 season, including first-class solo piper Callum Brown. Also joining are Katrina Brown, Neil Mitchell and Alastair Edwards.
Callum is a highly talented solo piper, regularly featuring in the prize-lists around the Scottish solo competitions, winning Pipe Idol in 2014. Callum says “it’s great to be joining Bucksburn at this exciting time during the Band’s 70th year. My father played with the Band during the 70’s and 80’s and I fell honoured to play in the same organisation as him”.
Katrina is a Level 7 PDQB player from St Andrews. Neil is a well-established player from Culter and Alastair, from Fraserburgh, is also following in the footsteps of his father Duncan who too played with the Band.
Another great weekend for the Bucksburn and District Pipe Band at the Cowal Highland Games. A great way to end the 2016 competition season!! Both bands were runner’s-up in their respective grades.
If you want to be part of this ongoing success why not come and join us. Our doors are open to pipers and drummers, beginners or experienced.
At the recent World Pipe Band Championship in Glasgow, the junior band from Bucksburn and District Pipe Band were awarded the runners-up slot in the Novice Juvenile B Grade. A tremendous performance from such a young set of players. It is testament to their hard work over a long winter and the bands gradual movement up the ladder during the 2016 competition season. This bodes well for 2017 as most of this band will still be together, and demonstrates that the Bucksburn band motto of ‘developing youth through music’ can deliver a positive outcome.
Congratulations and well done to all the bands that took part on the day.
You can watch the Novice Band this weekend at the Deeside Steam Festival, Milton of Crathes, Banchory from 12.30pm.
Alternatively, if you can’t make it along this weekend both the novice and senior Bands will be playing at the Cowal Championships in Dunoon the following weekend.
Are you ready for a Pipe Band REVOLUTION!
Tickets available here
The sixth annual Aberdeen Pipe Band Concert has quickly emerged as the top performance event of the new UK season, and the 2016 version on May 14, 2016, will see the Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band combine with the host Grade 2 Bucksburn & District to mount a show, named “Revolution,” at the Aberdeen Beach Ballroom.
Moving to the new venue with improved acoustics, ScottishPower plans to record the concert for a CD and DVD release in the summer.
ScottishPower Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong has indicated that his band is well ahead of schedule, already scoring more than two hours of new concert material, developing a new competition medley, and ushering in 11 new pipers and several additions to the drum section.
“We always work on making every concert that bit different and special,” Bucksburn band manager Gus McAskill said. “Our visual intros and visuals throughout the show are a big wow factor, moving to the Beach Ballroom will add another special aspect to the show. It’s an amazing setting for the audience to enjoy the masters of the live pipe band performance.”
The Aberdeen concert has featured a series of contending Grade 1 bands, including Field Marshal Montgomery, Inveraray & District, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia and Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia. The various bands in the Bucksburn organization generally perform as an opening act and then in combination with the headline band at the end of the show.
“The timing of this well-established annual event is perfect,” Armstrong said. “Preparing for the competition season is hard enough so having the energy and excitement of the concert to work towards makes the hard work all that bit easier. We have heard a lot about the Aberdeen concert and their energetic audiences, we welcome this opportunity greatly and promise to give the Aberdeen audience a very special night.”