NYPBoS donates concert profits to Philippines relief fund

NYPBoS - Fruitmarket
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPBoS) – one of the world’s top youth pipe bands – has announced that it will donate the profits from its St Andrews Day concert at the Clyde Auditorium to the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund.

The decision was made as the devastation wrecked by Haiyan resonated in particular with the band’s director Alisdair McLaren whose family live in the Philippines and were directly affected by the Super Typhoon.

NYPBosPoster - SECC 2013Says Alisdair McLaren: “Like the rest of the world I was horrified by the scale of the disaster but I was also worried for my relatives who live there and my mum who was visiting when the Typhoon hit. Thankfully no one in my family was badly hurt but their homes are damaged and they’ve lost so much – which still makes them luckier than so many other families.”

“I am very grateful that the National Piping Centre and National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland have offered to do this so hopefully we can get as many people along as possible to support this great cause.”

The NYPBoS is a non-competing, cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland who have represented the country all over the world. Launched in 2002 by The National Piping Centre, the National Youth Pipe Band is the first and only organisation of its kind to bring together Scotland’s most talented young musicians at a national level from across Scotland’s 32 councils, and from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds.

This year’s St Andrew’s Day concert will showcase both Senior and Development Bands performing a mix of well-known traditional and exciting contemporary music with a spin.

Tickets can be purchased online via Ticket Soup

NYPBoS announce brand new concert LEGACY

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland has announced that they will be performing once again at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow to launch their new concert Legacy. Following on from the success of Illumination in 2011 the band is again looking forward to performing at one of Scotland’s top live venues.

Legacy will see the band include four themed sets revolving around historical periods in Scotland’s history as well as performing many other brand new sets and suites which have been arranged specifically for this event. The concert will once again feature the wonderful vocal talents of Catriona Watt and a special performance by the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers who will be performing together with the NYPBoS Drum Corps.

Please purchase your tickets early to avoid the disappointment of missing out as last year’s Illumination concert was a sell out. Tickets for this fantastic event are £12/£8 concession and go on sale on Tuesday 8th May. Tickets can be purchased by calling 0141 353 8000 or online by following this link.

NYPBoS Drum Corps Collaborate with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers

The weekend of the 28th and 29th of April saw members of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland drum corps have a 2 day collaborative workshop with the Mugenkyo Taiko Drumming Group who are the only professional group of this kind in the UK. The purpose of the weekend was to expose our very talented young drummers to a different style of drumming and to put together a new collaborative piece that would be performed at the bands major concert in November which has been titled “LEGACY”.

It was a fantastic weekend for everyone involved and definitely worthwhile as our drummers learnt new skills and were able to create a new section for our fanfare. The members of the NYPBoS drum corps would like to thank Mugenkyo members Miyuki and Fiona for their professionalism and enthusiasm with this new concept and look forward to performing with them and the rest of the team in November.

Inveraray and District Junior Piping Competition Results

The Results from this weekend’s Inveraray and District Junior Piping Competition are: 

Event

Home Town

Event 6 – March – 14 and under  
1.  Lucy Ferguson Dollar
2.  Sandy Cameron Roybridge
3.  Connor Jardine Airdrie
4.  Jamie Baxter Lochgilphead
5.  Harry Richards Dunblane
6.  Robyn McKay Inchinnan
Event 7 – Strath/Reel – 14 and under  
1.  Sandy Cameron Roybridge
2.  Seamus O’Baoighill Sleat,Isle of Skye
3.  Jamie Baxter Lochgilphead
4.  Joshua Townsley Airdrie
5.  Lucy Ferguson Dollar
6.  Connor Jardine Airdrie
Judges: Ronald McShannon; Iain Hurst  
Event 8 –  Jig  –  14 and under  
1.  Sandy Cameron Roybridge
2.  Seamus O’Baoighill Sleat,Isle of Skye
3.  Lucy Ferguson Dollar
4.  Joshua Townsley Airdrie
5.  Harry Richards Dunblane
6.  Connor Jardine Airdrie
Judges: Annie Grant; Kate Paton  
Event 9 – Piobaireach – 14 and under  
1.  Sandy Cameron Roybridge
2.  Donald Stewart Stewarton
3.  Seamus O’Baoighill Sleat,Isle of Skye
4.  Lucy Ferguson Dollar
5. Joshua Townsley Airdrie
6. Connor Jardine Airdrie
Judges: Tracey Williams; James Beaton  
Event 10 –  M.S.R. –  15 and under 18   
1. Daniel McDermott Rothesay
2. Steven McNair Strachur
3. Iain Crawford Strathaven
4. Christopher Gray Lockerbie
5. Kyle Orr Benderloch
6. Callum Wynd Dunblane
Judges: James Beaton; Iain Hurst  

NYPBoS to release new album “Illumination”

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland will be releasing a brand new album on the 23rd March 2012. The album, entitled Illumination, will be the Band’s second album since its formation by The National Piping Centre in 2002. The album was recorded live at The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow where the NYPBoS performed to a full house and received glowing reviews, including a 4 star rating by the Scotsman.

The recording showcases Scotland’s next generation of pipers and drummers and includes 14 tracks from the band’s exciting concert repertoire including The Dragon’s Lair, Lullaby and The Annihilator all of which have become signature pieces for the band over the past 2 years. There is also a special performance from Catriona Watt who was voted BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2007. From the traditional March, Strathspey and Reel to rock guitar themed suites, the album will have plenty of sets for everyone to enjoy.

To pre-order your copy of the album now, please follow this link.

NYPBoS Members shine at the NPC Junior Solos

The annual National Piping Centre Junior Solo Contest was held over the weekend with once again a large entry field travelling to Glasgow. Well done to all the NYPBoS members on representing the band once again to the highest of levels.

Special congratulations to Ross Miller for winning the overall Champions prize for the 15 – 17 year olds category. Other excellent performances yesterday were by:

  • Christopher Gray 15 – 17 Overall Runners Up
  • Ross MacKay 1st 15 – 17 MSR
  • Andrew Clark 1st 15 – 17 Jig
  • Lucy Ferguson 1st Under 15 March

Also in the prizes were Calum Watson, Iain Crawford, Rebecca Tierney, Harry McLachlan and Harris MacLennan.

Full results available here.

NYPBoS Launch 2012 Outreach Programme

The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland has confirmed the dates for their Educational Outreach Programme for 2012. This fantastic programme allows the band to bring its members to communities across Scotland to help teach and collaborate with other young aspiring pipers and drummers.

This year the band will be travelling to Perthshire to conduct a 3 day Summer Camp and then later in the year to the Outer Hebrides to conduct 2 one day workshops. This is a fantastic opportunity for young pipers and drummers in these regions to meet other young musicians from around the country.

Please note that there are only limited places available for the Perthshire Summer Camp so register before you miss out.

For more information regarding both of these events and to register please follow the links.

Registration: /national-youth-pipe-band/outreach-2012/registration/

Grant Cassidy new D/S of the NYPBoS

Steven Shedden retires and Grant Cassidy appointed new Drum Sergeant of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland.


Grant Cassidy has been appointed as the new Drum Sergeant of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. He takes over the leading drummers role after Steven Shedden who has been the bands leading drummer since 2009 decided to step down from this position due to increased commitments. On behalf of all the members and staff at the NYPBoS I would like to thank Steven for all of his hard work, dedication and commitment since joining the project and we wish him all the best with his future endeavours and aspirations.

Grant comes into the position with a wealth of experience and knowledge for such a young musician and we’re sure that he’ll continue to further develop the drum corps into the future. The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland’s Senior Drum Corps currently comprises of 13 snare drummers, 7 tenors and a bass.