Pipes & Drums have just returned from a fantastic trip to Ontario, Canada.
On arrival, the band participated in the Kincardine Scottish Festival, playing in the opening and closing ceremonies. However, there was solo piping and drumming success in the competitions, and the band and drum corps won the Grade 3 competition. Their competition performance received a standing ovation from very enthusiastic spectators and bandsmen/women alike.
After some sightseeing in Toronto, the band travelled west for the Chatham Games the following Saturday and were again well received. Again, the band and drummers won the Grade 3 competition after a good morning in the solo competitions. The band was invited to perform an impromptu concert immediately after the results, which was declared 'awesome'!
It was not just the band’s performances in competitions that were applauded. Their behaviour while sightseeing resulted in a police sergeant from Bermuda writing to the school in very positive terms. He stated that he was 'most impressed by how the young men carried themselves, and for that alone they are a credit to the school. I hope that you are proud of your youngsters' achievements during their tour, and accept my compliments on how they carried themselves'.
However, by coincidence the man was also a member of the only pipe band in Bermuda where 'recruiting is a bit tough'. The interaction with our pipers and drummers convinced his son that he is probably not too young to get involved in the band.