Pipe up if you want to help keep our town’s 
tradition going

The Grampian Pipe Band is holding a recruitment evening
The Grampian Pipe Band is holding a recruitment evening

A pipe band is holding an open night to recruit new players and keep a town’s musical tradition going.

Grampian Association Corby Pipe Band wants to establish a junior band in the town. Young people aged from nine to 16 are invited to attend the open event starting at 7.30pm on Monday, October 8.

Stuart Barr, a drummer with the band, said: “Corby has had a pipe band for decades and we want to ensure that continues. First we had the S&L and then that became the Grampian band. We have 22 members and we want young players who can step up and keep the tradition going.”

Boys and girls are welcome to go along to the open night at the Grampian Club, in Patrick Road, Corby, to find out more about the joys of piping and drumming.

Stuart said: “Young people learn the chanter first before moving on to the bagpipes. We provide the drums but pipes are a personal thing so people usually have their own. Being in the band is great fun and you get a real buzz.

“We held an open evening last year and it was a great success. Of the people we recruit we have three pipers playing in the band and a drummer.

“They’ve all done really well and we would like to make sure we’ve always got a pool of young musicians.”

Musicians, who wear the Spirit of Scotland tartan, meet once a week to practice and during the summer take part in competitions all over the UK.