Ardvreck’s Pipe Band fosters the traditions of piping and drumming, and offers our participating pupils what can be a lifelong interest, even an obsession (and for some a most useful social skill in the rituals of Scottish life). Piping instruction is in the safe hands of Anne Spalding, a skilled piper and an experienced teacher, whether it is chanter to young learners or pibroch to the more advanced players. Drumming continues to thrive under the enthusiastic auspices of Michelle Stewart and the bass/tenor section has now developed a life of its own thanks to the sterling work of Sian Mailer.
In October the Pipe Band was invited to play at the Crieff Country market during the Drover’s Tryst walking festival and in November played at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Crieff. A trio of pipers were also invited to play at the Institute of Directors Annual Conference at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews.
At a fundraising Burns Supper in January for parents and staff an astonishing total was raised which has provided the band with an adequate compliment of drums and uniform including Glengarrys and socks for all the band members.
In June, the Band was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to perform at Perth Racecourse for the Gold Cup event. The upshot of this ‘racing’ success was a unique invitation, to participate in a parade down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Thursday 5th July was a very special day for the Pipes and Drums of Ardvreck School. Along with twenty-one other Pipe Bands they were part of the Royal Mile Parade. This event was in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but more especially to honour Prince William, the Earl of Strathearn as he was invested with the Order of the Thistle. Alongside some members of the Mackenzie Caledonia Juvenile Pipe Band the thirty members of the Ardvreck band marched from St Giles Cathedral to the Scottish Parliament down the Royal Mile which was crowded with cheering crowds. The parade ended with the massed Bands playing Highland Cathedral outside the Parliament.
The Pipe Band certainly adds a splash of colour and a dash of panache to the life of Ardvreck.