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News, 2009

Stromness Piper Ian MacDonald plays for the Oyster

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, was in Stromness on Friday, to officially launch the world's largest working hydro-electric Nearshore wave energy device The Oyster. The First Minister was on site at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to switch on Oyster for the first time, piped by our very own Ian MacDonald. More Information here.

More Solo Success

3 Pipers and 1 drummer travelled to the RSPBA North of Scotland branch solos held in Aberdeen on November 7th. Marcus Craige came 4th in the 15 years and under March contest out of 17, while Leading Tip Clifford Seatter finished 6th in the senior solo drumming. Mark Wemyss won both the senior March Strathspey and Reel, and Hornpipe and Jig event to become the North of Scotland branch solo piping champion, the first time anyone from Orkney to do so. The competition was attended by a record number of competitors (201) so very well done to all members concerned for keeping up the band's solo dominance within Orkney. Full Results here.

Stromness RBL unveils new Web Site

With the previous aging Web Site, Stromness Pipe Band decided to enlist the help of its computer literate personnel to construct a new Web Site that would better encapsulate the bandís online profile. So here it is, thanks for looking and we hope you enjoy your visit.

Young Pipers show the way at Caithness and North Sutherland Piping Society Piping competition

Marucs Craigie (15) and Patrick Henderson (14) travelled to the recent Caithness and North Sutherland Piping Society solo piping competition. Patrick was place 2nd in the Under 15 Slow March and Jig and 3rd in the Under 15 Strathspey and Reel. Marcus also played extremely well and was just outside the prizes in the Under 18 contest. Well done to both pipers.

Stromness RBL end 2009 Band Competition season on a high

After the success of the bands first ever conest this year at the Aberdeen games, the decision was taken to go to Pitlochry Games and build on this success. This was certainly achieved at Pitlochry, which is on the last week end of the competition season and attracts bands from all over Scotland. The band was placed 2nd overall in Grade 4 with 1st in Piping. The band are delighted at this achievement in only our second ever full band competition. Very well done to all and what a way to end the season. The band travelled to the Pitlochry games with 11 pipers and 6 drummers.

Stromness RBL Pipe Major opens Orkney college Graduation

For the first time in bands history Stromness were asked to provide a piper for Orkney College's graduation at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.

Stromness RBL Pipe Major plays in World's Top 10 performace for Manawatu Scottish

Stromness Pipe Major Mark Wemyss has been guesting with Manawatu Scottish since 2007 and has now played in two World Championship finals for the band as well as a national Championship in New Zealand. Manawatu safely made it through the 2009 morning qualifier and to again play alongside the worlds elite finishing 10th overall with 8th in Piping.

Stromness RBL lead Russian Convoy international service, Hoy

A host of delegates from Russian and the UK were on Hoy for the unvailermanent of a permentent memorial to all who sailed in the Arctic Convoys in World War II.

Stromness RBL open the European Federation of Sea Anglers Competition

The band opened the EFSA Sea Angling competition with a Street Parade through Stromness. The competition is based in Stromness for this event and is the second time the event has been in Orkney and is the second time the band have had the honour of opening the event.

Stromness RBL Open Aberdeen Highland Games

In an official parade leading the games Chieftain to the field Stromness opened Aberdeen Highland games in front of 20,000 spectators. The band was offically asked to open the games by the RSPBA in which the band was delighted to accept. The band also competed at the games in Grade 4 in which was the first full band competition in the band's history. The band was placed 5th overall, well done to all who took part.

Opening role at Robert Wiseman Vale of Atholl Concert

Stromness had the privilege to open the Orkney Folk Festivalís headline concert in Kirkwall. The Vale concert was also attended by Kirkwall City Pipe Band and the Orkney Traditional Music Project.

Robert Wiseman Vale of Atholl and Stromness RBL entertain in Stromness

The headline act for the 2009 Orkney Folk Festival "The Vale" joined forces with Stromness RBL for an afternoon session in the Stromness Hotel. The two bands joined forces and performed several sets to a delighted audience.

Opening role at 2009 Orkney Folk Festival

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

Mark Weir wins RBL National 18 and Under Solo Piping Championships

Piper Mark Weir has for the second year in a row win the RBL National Solo 18 years and under Piping Championships. At this year's event Mark won the 18 years and under March, and the Open any age March Strathspey and Reel event allowing him to gain the Overall 18 years and under award. This award also allowed Mark to play as the Solo Piper at the RBL Beating the Retreat at Edinburgh Castle the following week end again for the second year in success.

Clifford Seatter wins RBL National Senior Solo Drumming Championships

Leading Drummer Clifford Seatter has been crowned RBL Senior Solo Drumming Champion. Cliff was required to play a March Strathspey and Reel for the competition. This is Cliffordís first time winning the contest after receiving 3rd in 2006 while aged only 16. The competition was stiff for a national event and Clifford was up against many experienced Leading and Solo Drummers from higher graded bands. Well Done!

Stromness win RBL National Junior Trio and gain Runners up in Open MSR Quartet Competition

At the RBL National Miniband contest the Junior Trio and Senior Quartet were awarded 1st and 2nd places. The Trio consisted of 3 under 18 pipers: Murray Leask (17), Patrick Henderson (14), and Marcus Craigie (15) with Murray leading the group. Stromness also received runners up position in the Quartet competition which was an open grade event requiring the 4 pipers to play a March Strathspey and Reel. Well done to all involved, another great week end for the band.

Stromness RBL Win RSPBA Grade 4 North of Scotland Minibands

Two minibands entered the annual RSPBA miniband event in Aberdeen with one miniband winning the Grade 4 event with a first in Drumming and a second in Piping. The second miniband with our up and coming players were 10th overall with another superb 5th in drumming and 12th in Piping. The entry was high with 18 bands in attendance. This is the highest results gained at an RSPBA event and only the bands second attempt at the contest.

The winning performance was also the first time the new Tuned In pipe chanter was used by a collective group in public, and in competition. Stromness would like to thank John Walker from Tuned In for his support and use of the chanters. The full results can be viewed on the RSPBA North of Scotland Web site

Stromness RBL take on trial of new pipe chanter from Tuned In Pipes

Stromness have accepted to take part in a pipe chanter trial with Tuned In Pipes from Aberdeen. Stromness have 4 chanters on trial and will be looking to trial these at the up and coming RSPBA North of Scotland Minibands in Aberdeen.

Stromness RBL Gain 4th place RSPBA Grade 4 North of Scotland Quartets

A team of 8 Pipers travelled to Aberdeen to put themselves up against 23 Grade 4 Quartettes at the annual event of the North of Scotland Branch of the RSPBA. Stromness entered 2 teams coming 4th and 14th respectively. These result are the highest both Stromness teams have achieved to date at an RSPBA event with a previous 7th and 22nd out of 26 at the Quartettes in Aberdeen last year, and a 9th and 27th out of 28 in the Mini bands the previous year. The full results can be viewed on the RSPBA North of Scotland Web site

Burn's celebrated by Stromness Pipe Band

For the 3rd year running Stromness RBL host the largest Burns Supper in Orkney with yet another full house. The band would like to thank all who attended and helped out to make another special night.

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