George Watson’s College Pipes & Drums had an important engagement on Saturday when they headed up to Royal Deeside and the Braemar Royal Highland Gathering.
The weather was tremendous and the crowds were out in force with an estimated 14,000 people in attendance. They had come out to see the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Rothesay (Prince Charles), the Princess Royal and her husband, Tim Lawrence.
Our pipers and drummers joined together in a band of around 50 musicians, and performed tremendously. Indeed when the competition results were announced they were the ‘Best Band of the Day’. This accolade resulted in Pipe Majors Iain Simpson and Ross Harvey and Junior Pipe Major Allan MacKenzie (Class of 2010) being presented to Her Majesty who presented them with a very large trophy.
As winning band they are invited back next year, where they will not be defending their title as bands are not allowed to win two years on the trot. They will however have their own performance slot in the day’s programme.
Everyone had a great time, and this would have been a very fitting end to their season. However, it is not quite the end – as next week our pipers and drummers will be joining the massed pipes and drums (estimated to be in the region of 1000 strong) that will be entertaining the Pope in Princes Street on his visit to Scotland.