After a long layoff due to Covid 19 restrictions, Kirkcudbright and District Pipe Band were delighted to get back to some form of normality with a full programme of events.
Although the Band did not enter any competitions this year, they were delighted to have performed at the Scottish Nights, Parade and Floodlit Tattoo in the town. The spectator numbers were higher than in previous years, perhaps an indication of the general public’s desire for live entertainment.
Record numbers attended the six Scottish Nights held over July and August and Tattoo on 27th August. To mark the Band being back in business, Ex Pipe Major Ian Weymss wrote a tune entitled “Back to the Square” which the band performed throughout the summer.
Pipe Band Chairman Ian McIntyre said “The Band was excited to get back to performing again at events over the region. Covid 19 restrictions were prohibitive to the Band rehearsing together for around two years. Many Bands went into abeyance following Covid 19 but we were determined to keep going. It has been great to be back performing for the locals and visitors over the summer season. We plan to be back competing at District, National and World Championships next year. The Band has been in existence since 1927 and was founded by local Saddler William Imlay. We have always prided ourselves in teaching young musicians who progress into the band and further afield. Practice sessions start on 29th September. We would be delighted to hear from anyone wishing to learn pipes or drums, age is no barrier and we would welcome mature learners. We would also like to hear from any experienced musicians who would like to get back playing with a band again.”
Information about new learners or experienced musicians wishing to join the Band can be obtained by contacting Ex Pipe Major Ian Weymss on 07583 202083 or by messaging the Band on its Facebook page. In addition, the Band plan to host an open evening on Thursday 6th October at 7.30 pm, to which all are welcome.