“We’ve been absolutely delighted with the uptake and progress of pupils in two areas that had previously proved extremely tricky for our Music Service to recruit in.”

Morag Currie – Former Youth Music Development Officer Renfrewshire Council.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the progress that every student has made over the last year and I am really looking forward to what this year will bring. I fully anticipate to have a small drum corps formed during this time and will continually strive to achieve the very best for the Pilrig Park High School project.”

David Murray – Drumming Tutor 

“Historically Whitehill has been extremely difficult to get take-up for instruments like strings or brass. The pipes and drums programme is oversubscribed with over 100 pupils wanting to join in. Take-up is excellent and we’ve not had any drop-outs … the children are sticking with it.”

Pam Black – Manager of Glasgow City Council Instrumental Music Service

“I saw the memorial march through Gorgie today and although I didn’t see much of it I could have sworn the pipe band at the front were wearing the Tynecastle uniform. If this is correct I want to say how impressed I was. The people involved were talented, well turned out and showed the maturity and respect the occasion deserves. All too often school pupils are criticised for various reasons but nobody could have faulted their behaviour today. Whether or not they volunteered, from what I saw they were a credit to your school. Well done.”

Local spectator at the Armistice memorial march in Gorgie, Edinburgh

“In my past role as a head teacher I have seen how a pipe band not only develops the skills for life, learning and work, but can also help to close the attainment gap.”

Andrew Ritchie –  Lead Officer for Developing the Young Workforce in Aberdeenshire and former head teacher of Banff Academy

 

“Young people of all ages and all abilities have benefited immeasurably from the pipe band programme at Prestonpans schools. Not only do students learn the skills of piping and/ or drumming, but they also learn many complex skills, such as teamwork, resilience, flexibility and self discipline.”

Gavin Clark – Head Teacher Preston Lodge High School

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