Aboyne Academy will pay for the pipers..

Aboyne Academy Pipe Band
Aboyne Academy Pipe Band

Aboyne Academy Pipe Band are hoping they can bag the top spot after entering next year’s Scottish Schools’ Championships.

Now the school team are fundraising by putting on a concert on March 18 in the theatre at Aboyne Academy, with all proceeds going towards the future development of the band.

The 2014 Edinburgh competition has categories for every level – including fledgling outfits that may not have previously competed or even played in public.

Having only formed in September 2012, the Aboyne band are still in its early stages.

However, they have already competed in the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh held last March.

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.

Pipe Band leader Rebecca Morrison said: “Rehearsals for the 2014 championships are well under way.

‘‘We did really well last year so hopefully we can maintain the standard.

“We are currently engaged in speaking to local businesses about sponsoring the band and will be inviting a number of them along to the concert.”

“At the concert we plan to showcase the pipe band’s talents, both collectively and individually, as well as several other local performers from the New Distillery Ceilidh Band.

“There are a lot of talented pupils in the band and they are excited to show the local community what they can do and raise our profile in Aboyne and beyond.”

Tickets for the show can be bought from the Community Reception at Aboyne Academy.