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News, 2010

More Top Piping Prizes head for Stromness RBL

On Saturday 20th November 3 pipers from the Stromness RBL Pipe Band travelled to Elgin to compete in the RSPBA's annual solo piping contest. It was a successful outing with Patrick Henderson (15) returning home with 2nd in the 15 and under Slow Air and 2nd in the March, gaining him 2nd overall in the 15 years and under section. Marcus Craigie (16) gained a very credible 4th in the Open Piobaireachd. The age group for this event was such that Marcus was competing against senior players. This was Marcus’ first performance in a Piobaireachd competition so therefore an excellent achievement. Mark Wemyss achieved 1st in the Open Piobaireachd and 4th in the Senior March Strathspey and Reel. Mark Wemyss commented “it was a good outing for us in what is a very well attended competition. It is safe to say we were a little disappointed with our performances but are delighted with the results. I am very pleased for Patrick and Marcus, and it yet again shows the progress of the young members in the band, and the standard of tuition that we are providing here at Stromness.”

30th Anniversary Celebrated in Style

Stromness RBL Pipe Band celebrated our 30th anniversary (and the 25th anniversary of being an RBL Pipe Band) on November 6th 2010. Many of our past and present members (and families) were in attendance, as were our good friends from the Kirkwall City Pipe Band Within the attendance were four founder members including Sinclair Scott who is the oldest and longest serving member of the band. To mark this achievement Pipe Major Paul Harrison from the Beualy Firth and Glens Pipe Band composed a 2/4 March for Sincliar which was presented by Band Secretary Ian MacDonald. A great night was had by all and here is to the next 30 years!

Stromness RBL Secure Pipe Chanter Sponsorship from Tuned In Pipes, Aberdeen

Stromness have been working with John Walker of Tuned In Pipes since 2009 on the Tuned In Pipe Chanter development, a period that also signifies the most successful era in the band's history. Stromness have been using various variations of the chanter and both parties are proud to announce Tuned In have sponsored Stromness with the latest Tuned In chanter for the 2011 season. Stromness used this latest chanter for the World Pipe Band Championships where a place in the Grade 4B Final was narrowly missed. Stromness are delighted with the new chanter and sponsorship news. The Stromness RBL Pipe Band would also like to take this opportunity to thank John Walker for all his help and support over the last 2 years.

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

Marucs Craigie (16) and Patrick Henderson (15) travelled to the Caithness and North Sutherland Piping Society solo piping competition on September 25th. Marcus was place 3rd in the Under 18 March and 3rd in the Under 18 Jig. Patrick also played extremely well was just outside the prizes in his first year in the very well contested Under 18 section. Well done to both pipers.

Paul Ritchie composes 6/8 March for Stromness RBL Pipe Band

World renowned Piper and Composer Paul Ritchie has penned a 6/8 March for the Stromness Band. Paul (originally from Aberdeen) is a current member of the Grade 1 band Manawatu Scottish and ex member of Grade 1 Shots and Dykehead Caledonia, and David Urquhart Travel, bands that have all enjoyed playing Paul’s music. Paul has also just released his first album and manuscript Urban Hero. The recording features original music, mainly written by Paul, and is a mixture of Celtic folk, Highland Pipe solo and Pipe Band styles. Stromness RBL Pipe Band thank Paul for his fantastic contribution on our 30th Anniversary Year.

Stromness narrowly miss out on World Championship Final

On August 14th Stromness RBL travelled to Glasgow with 11 Pipers and 7 Drummers to take part in the World Pipe Band Championships for the very first time. After a confident performance the judges placed the band 6th out of 19 bands and just 2 points off 4th spot which was required for qualification to the Grade 4b final. The band are upbeat following this result as there was much to improve on, and we are looking forward to working hard this Winter to improve for the 2011 competition season. Stromness are now inviting new and experienced Pipers and Drummers to join the ranks in preparation for the 2011 domestic and competitive season. The full results can be found on the RSPBA HQ Result site. and the Stromness performance taken by Cheryl Sinclair can be found on YouTube.

Marcus Craigie Pipes his way to exam success

Piper Marcus Craigie is celebrating after his piping skills gained him an A Credit pass in his Standard Grade Music, and a viewing on STV, click to view. Marcus is one of a small number of candidates nationally who chose bagpipes for their practical exam for which the candidate is required to perform an instrument of their choice. He has also recently lent his talents to a number of school events including the launch of the Stromness Flattie and the soundtrack for the very successful Schools of Ambition Animation Project “Tilly, the Trow and the Tartan”. Marcus has been taught from an early age through the Stromness band as piping or drumming is not taught by the local authority. Well done from the entire band Marcus!

2010 Aberdeen Games

On June 20th Stromness RBL travelled to the Aberdeen Games to compete at both Grade 4B and 4A level. Stromness returned home with 2nd in 4B and 1st in 4A. This is the first time Stromness have played up a grade with a full band, and the first time playing the new 4A March Strathspey and Reel set. The event marked the full band's anniversary in competition, as it was the Aberdeen Games in 2009 that our competitive debut was made. During the event the band was also appointed the lead band for the Mass Band display, and given the responsibility for playing for the Drum Major's Competition. The band now has a short break from competition and will be using this to build for the World Pipe Band Championships in August. The full results at Aberdeen Games can be found on the RSPBA HQ Result site.

2010 Orkney Folk Festival News

For the forth year in a row Stromness RBL has had the privilege to open the Orkney Folk Festival in Stromness. There was also a street performance by the band on the Saturday afternoon, Cliff and Ewan (the Duelling Drummers) opened the Sunday night farewell concert while Ian MacDonald played the Hamnavoe away from the peir on Monday Morning. Another very busy week end for the band!

Success at the Scottish Championships, 2nd place for Stromness RBL

On May 22nd a team of 12 Pipers and 7 Drummers travelled to the RSPBA Scottish Championships in Dumbarton to compete against 22 bands in Grade 4B. The team was made up from youth and experience with members ranging from 14 to 73 years of age. This was the bands first attempt at a Major Championship, and we are obviously delighted with this achievement. Our next competitive outing will be at Aberdeen Games on June 20th, which will be followed by the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on August 14th. The full results can be found on the RSPBA HQ Result site..

Another week end of Competition success, RBL National Silverware heads for Stromness

A team of 8 pipers and 7 drummers travelled to the Royal British Legion National Mini Band Championships in Edinburgh on April 3rd. The band returned home with 1st in the Grade 4 Mini bands, 1st in the Open MSR Quartet competition, and Clifford Seatter won the Open Solo Drumming for the second year in succession. Well done to all that took part on what was a great outing. Were are now looking forward to the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton on May 22.

Duelling Drummers Light up Talented Orkney

Lead Drummer Clifford Seatter and side drummer Euan Sinclair were taking part in the final of Talented Orkney (a county-wide variety show and talent competition to raise money for cancer charities CLIC Sargent and CLAN) at the week end (March 27th). The “Duelling Drummers” successfully made the final after coming through an earlier West Mainland qualifying heat. Their stunning performance can be seen on YouTube.

RSPBA North of Scotland Mini Band Update

Stromness RBL were all set to attend the North Of Scotland Mini Bands to defend the Grade 4 title with 3 strong Minibands until the overnight ferry to Aberdeen was cancelled due to Gale Force winds. This was a huge disappointment for the band, however all the hard work leading up to the event is not lost and we are now looking forward to the RBL Mini Bands in Edinburgh on April 3rd.

Stromness start competition season on a high

On February 20th Stromness travelled overnight to Aberdeen with 11 pipers to compete at the RSPBA North of Scotland branch quartets in Grade 4 and Grade 3. As usual the competition was very well attended with 21 and 10 band in Grade 4 and 3 respectively. The highlights from the contest for Stromness were 2nd and 4th in Grade 4 and a fantastic 2nd in Grade 3. Well done to all who took part. The full results can be found on the RSPBA NoS web site..

Up Helly Aa, Lerwick, Shetland 2010

Stromness travelled north to Lerwick to take part in the 2010 Up Helly Aa fire festival with the Lerwick RBL Pipe Band. This was the band's first time at Europe’s largest fire festival and was attended by 11 pipers, 10 drummers and a Drum Major. During the trip to Shetland the band also played for the Holocaust memorial day for the Lerwick branch of the RBL. More information on Up Helly Aa can be found here.

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