Aboyne Academy recently took part in the 2014 Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships, showcasing how far they have come in one year.
The band, fresh from competing in the championships in Edinburgh on March 9, performed a concert in Deeside Community Centre, for those who couldn’t make it to the event.
Pipe Band leader Rebecca Morrison said: “ The concert was about really showing the local community what they can do and raising their profile.
“The night raised a staggering £1152 to go towards the development of the band, including a set of snare drums which we desperately need.
“The band would like to thank everyone who came to support them.”
The concert, held on March 18, was a showcase of the pipe band’s talent, both collectively and individually, as well as local performers.
Rebecca said: “The New Distillery Ceilidh Band were fantastic and did a half hour slot in the first half and then a local singer/songwriter, Ceiran Bolland, performed a brilliant set in the second half.”
Having only formed in September 2012, the Aboyne Academy band are still in their early stages.
However, they have already competed in the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh for two years running.
Additionally, the band were invited to open the Inspiring Aberdeenshire Awards Ceremony in June of last year which was held in Victory Hall, Aboyne.
Now with 18 members, school concerts and other events have seen the band become a mainstay at the Academy but they do not have a set of drums - relying on borrowing whenever they play - and for the championships, they want to get some uniforms.
Rebecca added: “There are a lot of talented pupils in the band.
‘‘They were really excited to show the local community what they could do and raise our profile in Aboyne and beyond.”
Editor’s note: We are carrying the report again this week, but with the correct heading.
Apologies to Aboyne Academy for my woolly-headedness