Recital Extraodinaire – Stuart Liddell and Steven McWhirter

As part of the Bands 70th Year we are delighted to welcome World Pipe Band Champions Pipe Major, Stuart Liddell and Lead Drummer, Steven McWhirter to Aberdeen. Out of this World RECITAL will be a relaxed evening of world class Piping and Drumming from the World’s best.
Tickets available from any band member of Bucksburn Pipe Band, Face book massage or EMAIL: bucksy70th.anniversary@bucksburnpipeband.com

New tenor drummer and tutor joins G2 Band

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.

New Lead Tip for Grade 2 Band

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 davidrichardson@hotmail.co.uk

Winner of ‘Pipe Idol’ joins the G2 Pipe Corp

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.

Season-ending success at the Cowal Gathering

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.

Novice Juvenile Band Runners-up at the 2016 “Worlds”

S1240003 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.

ScottishPower to play at REVOLUTION concert – 14th May 2016

Concert Poster

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.”

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