Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band

The Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band is suitable for school aged pipers and drummers who can bring their own instrument. It is not suitable for children who play the chanter and have not yet progressed to full bagpipes. The activities and music are provided free of charge.

Next rehearsal of the Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band : Sunday 28 May 2017, 10.30am to 4.30pm, at Inverurie Town Hall, Market Place, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 3SN

Note the change of venue to the town hall.


The rehearsal schedule for Sunday 28 May 2017:

  • 10.30am to 12.30pm Development Band
  • 12.30pm lunch break (bring a packed lunch)
  • 1.00pm level assessment for new members (senior or development)
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm Combined Development and Senior Band
  • 2.30pm to 4.30pm Senior Band

You need to bring an instrument. Parents are welcome to stay or pick up their children at the end of a session. We have a couple of spare snare drums and a bass drum available for loan on the day.

If you cannot bring your own drum and you would like to attend please contact us.

Tartan vote outcome

Thank you for letting us know your preference for the choice of tartan. The Midnight Tartan is the clear winner with 24 first choice votes.

Here are the full results: 

Midnight Tartan
1st choice - 24 votes
2nd choice - 15 votes
3rd choice - 0 votes

Afternoon Tartan
1st choice - 14 votes
2nd choice - 17 votes
3rd choice - 5 votes

Official Aberdeenshire Blue
1st choice - 5 votes
2nd choice - 1 vote
3rd choice - 28 votes

Future commitments

Rehearsal days are provisionally planned for the following dates:

  • Sunday 28 May 2017

Members of the senior band will be invited to perform at the Inspiring Aberdeenshire event at Haddo House on Friday 23 June. In future years the intention is for the band to compete in the annual Scottish Schools Championships.

Which band are you

Pipers were assessed for development or senior band at the kick start day. If you are new to the Schools Pipe Band please attend at 1.00pm to be assessed. Unless already agreed, primary school aged drummers will be in the development band and secondary school aged drummers will be in the senior band. If you feel that you have been placed in the wrong band please contact the Instrumental Music Service or speak to one of the tutors.

What to bring

Pipers need to bring a full set of bagpipes and a practise chanter. Drummers need to bring a drum (snare, tenor or bass) and a practise pad, sticks. Members of the development band who are staying for the combined band rehearsal in the afternoon need to bring a packed lunch.

Risk assessment

The day has been risk assessed and every effort will be made to minimise risk. Nonetheless a totally risk free environment is unrealistic and in signing the parental consent form you are asked to acknowledge that a degree of residual risk remains. It is not anticipated that risks will exceed those incurred in normal day to day living.


The standard Council’s insurance in respect of public liability will apply throughout the duration of the activity. Should parents or band members deem that they require insurance in respect of personal accident, personal effects and/or equipment, then they should make their own arrangements.

About the band

To help support our piping and drumming heritage and to provide our young people with enhanced opportunities to develop a range of musical, performance and life skills we are working in partnership with the local pipe band community to formally launch an Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band in June 2017.

The main aim is to have the Schools Pipe Band perform in June at an event and venue to be confirmed. The band will not be in competition with any of the existing local pipe bands. The aspiration would be to compete in the annual Scottish Schools Championships. This arrangement will be mutually beneficial to all.

The council has ordered a set of Shepherd pipe chanters and Melvin reeds which will be used exclusively within the schools band. We are aware of the pressure in the lead-up to a major championship; therefore, we will not alter drone reeds or anything else unless there has been a malfunction. We hope that this will allow all members to participate without compromise.

Register for the Schools Pipe Band

To register for the Schools Pipe Band, please complete the online application form; we will send you further information by email.

Contacts and partners

Instrumental Music Service

Aberdeenshire Council
Education and Children's Services
Inverurie Academy
Jackson Street
Aberdeenshire AB51 3PX

For more information:
Email: instrumental.music.service@aberdeenshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01467 532720

The Aberdeenshire Schools Pipe Band is supported by The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust

Partners: The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association - North of Scotland Branch

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