Local School Children Make History in Dumfries

On Friday 26th January 2024 a Pipe Band from Dumfries & Galloway Schools played in public at the Trophy D’ecosse.

This is the very first time there has ever been a Dumfries & Galloway Schools Pipe Band to play for visitors to Dumfries. The Band played to welcome formation ice skating teams, from home and abroad, to the Ice Bowl in Dumfries, to participate in the Trophy D’ecosse formation team competition. The Band consisted of children from The Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart  –  in the west  –  to Annan Academy and Newington Primary School in the East. The kids played ‘Scotland the Brave’ and the ‘Rowan Tree’, and received a tremendous ovation from the competitors and visitors ‘

The Pipers were : Ben Quinn, Eva Graham & Travis McKenna Johnstone from Annan :  Maisie Dunlop, & Thomas Robertson from Dumfries  :  Toby Iglehart from Dalbeattie  :  Morran Whitelaw from Kirkcudbright  :  and Olly McKie from Kirkinner.  :  They were supported by their principal tutor Billy Geddes.

The Drummers were  : Bella MacDonald, Cadence Handleigh,  Ellie-May Edens & Tyler Hughes  from North West Community Campus  :  Charlie Anderson from Dumfries High School. They were supported by their principal drumming tutor David Sheridan .


The Band’s next outing will be to the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Competition on Sunday 10th March in the William MacIlvanney School in Kilmarnock, where they will play against 10 other school’s Pipe Bands  –  some from fee paying schools where piping and drumming tuition forms part of the school’s curriculum.  We will be supporting and wishing them every success.