New Leading Tip for 2016 season

Bucksburn and District Pipe Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Grade 1 Drummer Joe Fleming as its new Lead Drummer. Joe replaces Simon Lipp after he left the band in December 2015.

Joe

The band wishes to express its gratitude to Mike Haggart for his efforts during his short time as Stand-in Lead Drummer. Mike will continue to help and support Joe in his new role.

Joe is a talented young drummer from Lanarkshire and will this year graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music. This will take Joe to Aberdeen where he is keen to improve the standard of drumming throughout the North East and would like to introduce pipe band drumming lessons to schools in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire areas. This along with Joe’s success and experience in the top grade with Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia and Inveraray and District Pipe Bands will take Bucksburn’s drum corps to a new level. It has been some time since Bucksburn’s drum corps had seen success on the competition park and Joe and his energised Corp will strive to bring this back to the band again. We have a young band with very talented players who are keen to do well and Joe’s appointment will enhance this greatly.

Joe is relishing the challenge ahead and has commented “this is an exciting time for me to be taking on this new challenge at Bucksburn. There is a lot of talent within the band and I want to build on this now and well into the future. If anyone in the area would like to come along and try out for the band please get in touch”.

Anyone wishing to join the Drum corps under the leadership of Joe or the Pipe Corp please email our Band Manager at boxypb@gmail.com or Joe at JFleming@rcs.ac.uk

Annual Boxy Ceildh raises £1000 for Ballater Floods Appeal

Thanks to all of you who came out to support us at our 2016 Burns Night Ceildh, this year held at the Transport Club, Aberdeen. Great night, plenty of normal Boxy banter, dancing and socialising with friends, old and new. Congratulations to our worthy 2015 Award winners – The Tough Family, Kim Milne and Lucy Murray.

To top it all off we managed to raise £1000 for the Ballater Flood Appeal. Well done and thank you to all.

Ceildh

Rocking it with the Chillie Pipers

The younger members of the band were on stage as usual with the Red Hot Chillie Pipers at their annual December Concert in Aberdeen. What an experience for them all. Here we see Aimie, Murray and Jamie showing the guys how to play the pipes properly!
All Fired Up

Ending the 2015 season on high

2015 was a year of transition for Bucksburn and District Pipe Band. Over the last two seasons we have been delighted to see some of our younger members making the successful step up from the Novice and Juvenile Bands to the Senior Band. The average age of the G2 Band went from 35 to closer to 25! By the end of the year, these talented young musicians, when added to the well-established Band members, were beginning to show the pipe band world what was coming around the corner for 2016. The season ended with excellent placings at Cowal for both the Senior and Novice Bands. Roll on 2016!

Trophies

Shotts have truly reinvented themselves

TRULY REINVENTED. What a night, what a concert! Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band give the Aberdeen audience a taste of what they intend to bring into the 2015 competition circle. We wish they every success during 2015.

And both the Boxy Bands did themselves proud too!

Reinvented with Shotts and Dykehead

Shotts To Play 2015 Concert – ‘Reinvented’

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We are very pleased to announce that 15 times world champions and current world drumming champions Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band  will guest our 5th Pre-season concert on the 2nd May 2015.

“REINVENTED” LIVE PIPE BAND CONCERT with BUCKSBURN & DISTRICT and SHOTTS & DYKEHEAD CALEDONIA PIPE BANDS.

The current World Drumming Champions and 15 times World Pipe Band Champions Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band will grace the stage in 2015 with hosts Bucksburn and District Pipe Band at the 5th annual North of Scotland Pipe Band Concert.

Following on from the huge success of Field Marshal Montgomery’s concert in May 2014, Pipe Major Ryan Canning and Leading Drummer Jim Kilpatrick will bring their Band to Aberdeen on 2nd May 2015.

The Concert kick starts the pipe band season with great interest. Pipe band members and supporters join together under one roof and look forward to a good night of entertainment and meeting of old and new friends just 3 weeks before the first championship competition in Bathgate.

Gus McAskill, Bucksburn President said “Every concert to date has given something very special to the Northeast of Scotland and “Reinvented” will be no different with the current World Drumming champions adding to what I’m sure will be extra special for the drumming lovers in the audience. Ryan and Jim have “Reinvented” the band and continue to build on their success from 2014 with the band’s first live concert in years. Ryan has given Shotts a new lease of life with his enthusiasm, knowledge and of course his reputation as one of the most popular composers working today. Its going to be another fantastic night

Ryan Canning Shotts Pipe Major said ““Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band are delighted to have been asked to take part in Bucksburn & District’s widely acclaimed, and now annual, Aberdeen concert.  For us, this is the perfect opportunity to get Shotts back on a concert stage for the first time in many years.  It’s another big step forward for the band as we work on developing a brand new concert repertoire, which we’re excited to debut in May.”

Tickets available here

Youth Workshop

On Saturday November 30th and Sunday December 1st , Bucksburn & District Pipe Band held their first weekend workshop with the aim of further developing our youth players.

Over 25 Novice juvenile members attended with several Juvenile pipers also coming along.

The NJ band worked with James Campbell and David Brown to enhance their piping and drumming skills and also concentrate on their material for the season ahead.

Neil Selbie worked with the juvenile pipers over the two days to ensure that they are in the best possible position for the season ahead.

David Patterson, Stuart Hart, Eona Will, Raymond Whyte and Gus McAskill were also on hand to assist and ensure that the members bring what they learnt at the weekend forward over the rest of the winter.

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North of Scotland Branch Solo’s

The annual NoS branch solo competition took place on Saturday November 16th at the Gordon Schools in Huntly.

Bucksburn had a good turnout with numerous entries across a lot of the categories. As in previous years our members fared very well with a few taking some well deserved prizes back to Aberdeen.

A special mention must go to the following Bucksburn members who won there respective sections, Amy Spiers, Ewan Dallas and our newly appointed G2 leading drummer Simon Lipp.

For full results please see the link below.

http://www.rspba-nos.org/results/solos.php

FMM to Play Aberdeen Music Hall May 3rd 2014

It’s finally here – The concert that everyone has been waiting for!! 9 times and current Grade One World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band will perform at the well-established pre-season concert at Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 3rd May 2014.

“To kick start the season with one of the best Pipe Bands in History is nothing more than amazing” said Bucksburn President Gus McAskill. “To say we are delighted is a huge understatement. Now in our 4th year, the concert has grown to an incredible level. To have FMM as our guests is something to be very proud of and I know that they will be greatly received by the audience.”

Since the 2007 Pre Worlds Concert FMM have played at various concerts performing alongside other bands for short periods. In addition to FMM next year, Bucksburn will add the usual “local flavour”. The night will once again include showcasing the young local talent alongside the best in Grade one which gives the youngsters a feel of what it’s like to play on stage beside the best. Everyone in Bucksburn is immensely excited and honoured to welcome FMM to Aberdeen.

Richard Parkes added “ I am delighted that FMM have been invited to perform at the 4th Bucksburn Concert. The North East of Scotland has a rich Pipe Band history, so the opportunity to play in front of a knowledgeable crowd will be an absolute privilege. A concert so close to the start of the new season will be a good test for the band and provides an excellent opportunity to showcase new material. The format of the concert allows the region to highlight the young piping and drumming talent being developed by bands such as Bucksburn and District and I am looking forward to FMM being part of what promises to be a great night”.

Tickets will be available from Aberdeen Box Office www.aberdeenboxoffice.

Simon Lipp appointed as G2 LD

The band would like to announce that due to unforeseen circumstances Mike Haggart has stepped down as Lead Drummer of the Band. Mike committed himself to the band knowing that it was a long term position and project. However his term as lead Drummer has been cut short due to health. What Mike has achieved as LD is something to be proud of and can happily hand over a corps with a different mindset and talent. After spending the last few years with Mike the Drum corps have learned from his Grade one experiences and talent giving them the right attitude to go into greater things.

We are very pleased to say that Mike’s successor is Simon Lipp, a top Grade one Drummer and previous world champion with Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band. Simon worked with Mike for a season knowing too well what is expected of him as our new LD. Due to Mikes unforeseen illness this season Simon gladly jumped into the lead role with confidence playing at the Falite concert and at a couple of competitions. Simon has a long term goal and vision throughout the organisation that will build the drum corps back to strength in no time saying: “After spending the past 10 years with Scottish Power I’m looking forward to helping Bucksburn become a major force in pipe bands again and am definitely enjoying the 10 minute drive to band practice!”

The Band wishes Mike and his family happiness and great health for the future, you’re due it Mike!! and who knows you may even find the time to play again very soon!

Welcome to Simon as our new LD who has all the qualities as a drummer and as a person to lead, encourage and nurture any drummer, one of the best in the business in the North East.

Anyone wishing to join the Drum corps under the leadership of Simon please email or phone Gregor, Band Manager at g.mcdonald@bucksburnpipeband.com or 07920161806