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News, 2008

Lead Drummer invited to play the 2009 pipe band season with Badenoch and Strathspey

Clifford Seatter have been approached to play at the major championships with Badenoch and Strathspey, a multi prize wining Grade 3 band. Badenoch are based in and around the Kingussie area and have successfully made the transition from Grade 4b in 2007 to Grade 3, via Grade 4a in successive seasons. John Moneagle who lives in Kingussie, and current external drum tutor for Stromness RBL, has been appointed Lead Drummer at Badenoch for the 2009 season. John was convinced by Badenoch to compete for another season after he retired as Leading Drummer of Grade 1 outfit Tayside Police at the end 2008.

Pipe Major gains 1st and 4th at North of Scotland RSPBA Solos

Mark Wemyss travelled to Aberdeen to compete in the annual RSPBA event and gained a 4th place in the March Strathspey and reel event and won the Hornpipe and Jig competition. Mark’s services were also in demand playing for Grampian Police’s solo drummer Cameron Sharp who gained 4th in the March Strathspey and Reel event. The full results can be viewed on the RSPBA North of Scotland Web site

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Stromness Pipers take part in historical Fair Isle Cruise

7 Pipers from the band were invited to perform Onboard Orkney Ferries Varagen as she sailed on a cruise to Fair Isle. The Pipers marched the passengers ashore and undertook various performances on the Island and as the ship departed.

Drummer Shaun Robertson ties the knot

Congratulatins to Shaun an Amiee on their wedding. A fantastic day for all concerned!

New Drums for Stromness RBL

Stromness RBLs are proud to announce the investment of new Andante drums for the band. This includes side and bass section drums with different tone tenor drums for the first time in the band. The band are looking forward to benefits of this investment which is good timing with the arrival of John Moneagle tutoring the dummers.

Opening role at 2008 Orkney Folk Festival

For the second year in a row Stromness RBL has had the privilege to open the Orkney Folk Festival in Stromness.

Pipe Major accepts guest role request from Tayside Police

Mark Wemyss will compete at the European and World Pipe Band Championships this season for Dundee based Grade 1 band Tayside Police.

Stromness Announce the appointment of Drumming Tutor John Moneagle

Stromness RBLs are delighted to announce the enrolment of John Moneagle as their drum tutor. John is current Leading Tip of Grade 1 outfit Tayside Police, who won Champion of Champions as a band and for Drumming in 2006. John stays in Kingussie and will be travelling to Orkney to guide the Drum Corps. John’s first visit will be the week end of June 7th-9th with John conducting an Open Workshop on Sunday June 9th so the whole of Orkney’s drummers can benefit from his experience.

Mark Weir wins RBL Solo Under 18's

On May 3rd Mark Weir travelled to the Army School of Piping at Redford Barracks in Edinburgh to compete at the Royal British Legion Solo Piping Championships. Mark was entered into the Under 18 March Competition and the Open Band Pipers March Strathspey and Reel competition were and emerged victorious in both events. This also meant Mark was crowned the overall RBLs Junior Champion for 2008, a prize that allows Mark to play the Solo Piper at the RBLs Beating the Retreat at Edinburgh Castle. Well done from all the band Mark.

Drummer Shaun Robertson gets "Blackened"

With Shaun wedding coming up this summer his friends (including various members of the Stromness Pipe Band) carried out the marriage tradition of giving him a good old blackening. The ordeal was organised by brother, (Best Man, and Pipe Sergeant) Paul with the other Best Man Neil Seatter, another piper in the band!

Pipe Major wins New Zealand Grade 1 Pipe Band Championship with Manawatu Scottish

Stromness Pipe Major Mark Wemyss recently travelled to New Zealand to guest with Manawatu Scottish from Palmerston North, helping them become the Grade 1 Champions for the 7th time since 2001. The National finals contest was held in Parakura in south Auckland, and in the lead up Manawatu also took first place at the Wellington competition, again with Mark’s assistance. Mark has been guesting with Manawatu since early 2007 when he also competed with the band in Scotland, culminating with the World Pipe Band Championships, where his band was placed 7th for piping in the top grade and 9th overall in Grade 1.

Mark is now keen to pass on his skills to prospective local pipers as well as sharing his expertise and experience with current band members who are themselves preparing for various competitions on the mainland.

2009 News

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