Local company sponsors young musician programme with Vale of Atholl Pipe Band

The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, sponsored by off-road driving centre Land Rover Experience Scotland, has launched an innovative and exciting new project to encourage young people to take up piping and drumming, and to provide the tuition and support for them to develop their musical skills.

The aim is to bring an extra 20 young people into the pipe band, starting as beginners and progressing through the ranks to eventually play with the prestigious Grade 1 band, supported by expert instructors at all levels.

This new partnership brings together two of the most respected and professional organisations in Perthshire.  The Vale of Atholl Pipers Association has existed since 1906 and has encouraged young people into piping, drumming, dancing and the arts from that time.  Land Rover Experience Scotland is the country's leading specialist off-road driving centre and is located near Dunkeld, in the heart of Highland Perthshire. 

Graham Clark, managing Director of Land Rover Experience Scotland, said, "We are delighted to be working with the Vale of Atholl to support this important and very worthwhile project.  We are very proud of our Scottish heritage and the development of Highland culture, and the pipe band tradition in particular, is very close to our hearts. Young people are the focus of this project, and we hope that more children will be able to take up piping and drumming as a result, ensuring that The Vale remains a strong and vibrant force within Perthshire for years to come.

"The Vale has a global name for musical innovation, excitement and creativity, while Land Rover Experience's reputation is one of professionalism, adventure and quality of service.  The partnership of these two prominent local organisations should provide a major drive for the recruitment and development of young musicians in the area."

Ross McNaughton, Vale of Atholl Grade 4 Pipe Major said, "I'm delighted to be able to announce this youth development programme in partnership with Land Rover Experience Scotland. We could not be happier to work with Land Rover Experience to develop the musical skills and experience of young people from Perthshire and beyond. Over the coming years we will build a development programme that helps young people's life skills and qualifications from beginner stages of music all the way through to the most senior levels of the global piping and drumming movement."

Image: Young pipers from the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, with (left to right in the centre) Kenny Forsyth, Chairman of the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band; Graham Clark, Managing Director of Land Rover Experience Scotland; and Ross McNaughton, Vale of Atholl Grade 4 Pipe Major.

Abigail Shepherd