Auditions for the 2017/2018 band membership are now closed. Applications from now on will be considered for the 2018/2019 membership.
What is the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland?
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland is a non-competing cutting edge performance pipe band for 10-25 year olds in Scotland. 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. Membership is drawn from across Scotland’s 32 councils, and young pipers and drummers come from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds, brought together as a collection of the very best chosen to play for their country. The National Youth Pipe Band provides unique development opportunities for its young members and an exceptional musical experience for its audiences. The NYPBoS is a dynamic, exciting, and modern spin on the traditional pipe band experience, and performs both at home and abroad.
The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland now encompasses two bands: a Senior Band and a new Development Band. The Senior Band remains the ultimate goal for young pipers and drummers. The Development Band provides developmental and performance opportunities along with the training and experience assist progress to the senior band, and though it primarily acts as an escalator to the Senior Band, it also performs in its own right. The existence of both bands opens up the National Youth Pipe Band to a wider range of young players, from the less experienced to more advanced.
The National Youth Pipe Band has toured the world with performances in China, Spain, Italy, Germany, Mexico and Northern Ireland, has appeared on the children’s television show Blue Peter, and most recently performed in both Basel and Zurich for the world acclaimed Christmas Tattoo. As well as touring the world, the NYPBoS is keen to develop the awareness of the band to potential members and to broaden its audience with concerts at home. In Scotland, the National Youth Pipe Band has played in many regional communities including major concerts in Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Please check the current Diary for upcoming NYPBoS performances.
The music is designed to challenge the performers while entertaining both the piping and non-piping audience. The repertoire is selected and arranged by the band’s senior members and often includes many of their own compositions. The senior members are involved with all aspects of producing the show which includes working very closely with the backing musicians, lighting designers and sound engineers. Our aim is to produce a show that represents the highest quality of pipe band music while providing a “wow” factor for its audience. We aim for our shows to illustrate our exploration of traditional music and showcase some of Scotlands best young musicians while continually striving to push the boundaries of performance.