12th March, Piping Hit 2018 winner crowned!
At the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships, we were delighted to announce the winner of our first ever Piping Hit competition – Archie MacKechnie from Dollar Academy! Read more here.
12th March, Another great year for the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships!
Students from 150 Scottish schools attended the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships, which showcases Scotland’s young musical talent, at Inveralmond Community High School in West Lothian and took part in a range of competitions from quartets to pipe band performances, wowing the judges and audience with phenomenal playing. Read more here.
8th February, First Minister to support young pipe band talent!
We are delighted to announce that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will join us at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships in March! Read more here.
4th February, Teaching and Learning Hub
The latest in our Teaching and Learning films, drawn from the national Professional Development Forum held in October with the National Piping Centre is here https://sspdt.org.uk/about/learning-and-cpd/
Films include: Working with Mixed Ability Groups by Dr Rachel Drury, Muscoskeletal Disorders by physiotherapist Patrice Berque, Fundraising by Mike Nicholson and Hearing Protection by former musician and director of ACS Custom, Jono Heale.
26th January, £58k funding boost for young pipers and drummers in Dundee
Dundee City Council is delighted to announce a new partnership which will extend piping and drumming tuition to pupils in Dundee thanks to funding from the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust. Read more here.
4th January, Work with us – Piping intern position
The Trust is offering a paid internship for a piper from February to August/ September 2018. Full details here.
22nd December, Govan pipers on BBC The One Show!
Our pipers from Govan were selected to take part in a special rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas on BBC The One Show! You can watch it back on BBC iPlayer at 22.25 minutes here.
13th December, £70k funding boost for Arran schools
Primary and secondary pupils on the Isle of Arran can now learn the pipes and drums in schools for the first time, thanks to a new tuition programme funded by charitable donations and grants, totalling £70,500. Read more here…
23rd October, Tuition launched at Pilrig Park School
SSPDT has pledged a grant of £15,000 to the school to fund piping and drumming tuition to 20 pupils with additional support needs over the next three years. Read more here…
16th October, Tarbert youngsters to benefit from funding
Fèis an Tairbeirt will be bringing piping and drumming tuition to pupils in Tarbert, thanks to funding from the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drum Trust. Read more here…
3rd October, Piping and Drumming Forum and Workshop
We’ve just held our second Piping and Drumming Forum and Workshop in partnership with the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. The day was attended by piping and drumming instructors from across Scotland and they were presented with invaluable sessions. Read more here..
30th September, What a year!
It has been an incredibly busy and successful year for everyone at Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust. Our annual review marks our second year as a national charity and we are delighted that, with our support, we have now seen the number of pupils playing chanter, pipes and drums double to 2,000 in 160 schools across 15 local authority areas. Read more…
27th September, Piping Hit 2018 – the search is on…
Have you ever tried composing your own tunes? Would it make you feel proud to hear other musicians playing a piece of music that you wrote? Or even hearing it online or on the radio? If you think you could compose a piece of music, suitable for our national instrument, the Great Highland Bagpipes, then this is the opportunity for you! Read more…
25th September, 10 reasons to start a pipe band!
The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust exists partly to protect and expand our musical heritage, but more importantly to give young people opportunities to develop a unique set of skills that will stay with them for life. The dedication, discipline and teamwork needed to be part of a successful pipe band match the attributes needed to be successful elsewhere in life, learning and work. Here are our top 10 reasons to start a pipe band in your school or community. Read more…
20th September, Entries now open for The Championships!
Less than six months to go until our next Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships! The Championships, the world’s largest competition of its type, is a showcase and celebration of our young people’s talent whilst also promoting the playing of our national instruments. Read more…