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Strathearn Pipe Band

23 May 2014

Strathearn Pipe Band was initially established in 1967 to promote, advance and encourage bagpipe playing and drumming and has been active in Blackford for around five years.

The group currently boasts over thirty members, ranging in age from ten to over sixty and has strong links to the local community, with the vast majority of musicians resident in Blackford. 

The band meets twice weekly to rehearse a varied repertoire. No membership fees are charged to ensure participation is open to all, though a small weekly contribution of 50p for children and £1 for adults has been introduced to help contribute towards costs. 

As well as developing their practical music techniques and skills, band members are encouraged to showcase their talents and endeavour by performing for the local community at a wide variety of events and ceremonies throughout the year.

Strathearn Pipe Band helps to promote community spirit in Blackford; for example the group played for the bells outside the hall at Hogmanay. Indeed, the band brings all members of the community together irrespective of age or experience to enhance their skills and to delight audiences with their public performances.

In 2013, Strathearn Pipe Band was awarded £1,482 from Foundation Scotland via the Blackford Community Fund to pay for hall rental costs, and to purchase some pipe chanters and drone valves.

Support with rental costs is vital to ensure the band has a local venue where members can meet regularly and rehearse as a group. The chanters and drone valves were also essential to ensure all the pipes are in tune with one another and sound well together as an ensemble.

Chair of the Strathearn Pipe Band, Eileen Coffield said, “The Strathearn Pipe Band is a massive asset to the community, not only do they teach local youngsters the pipes and drums with no tuition fees keeping Scottish traditions alive, they also play for many events in and around the area free gratis.

“The villagers are extremely proud of the band, proved by the numbers that turned up for their rededication service in the church, where the band played for the congregation before the service. The local enthusiasm is evident with the increase in active members and beginners in the band. The band is always in demand, highland games, galas, Hogmanay celebrations and many other events. They are an invaluable credit to the community.”

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