Throughout the month of March, our Pipe Band performed at community events across the city. Mr Sumner and Mr Montgomery share more below.
RGC Pipers support Aberdeen Gurkhas Annual Dinner
On Sunday 20 March 2022, The North East Scotland Gurkha Association held their annual dinner at the Aberdeen Town House where three pupils from the Pipe Band were invited to perform. Rory M (S1), Kaiwen D (S1) and Cameron S were invited to perform in front of the Gurkha Association and their families as well as Chief Guest and Lord Provost of Aberdeen, Barney Crockett.
Mr Sumner, Piping Instructor said: "We were proud to be asked to support the event and a quartet of pipers from the Novice A Pipe Band played a traditional set after dinner. Piper Rory Menzies played the Lament to the Fallen (Flowers of the Forest). When he had finished playing the lament, Norman Fraser BEM, an 83-year-old Gordon Highlander said that he was 'overwhelmed' by Rory's playing; there were tears rolling down his cheeks. One of the speakers sitting at the top table in giving his vote of thanks said that he had heard 'Flowers of the Forest' played many times but had never heard it played so well: well done Rory."
Aberdeen City Council Thanksgiving Service
Sunday 26 March 2022 saw S1 pupil Rory M lead the City Council procession at a Service of Thanksgiving in the Kirk of St Nicholas, recognising the efforts and sacrifices made by keyworkers and locals around the City.
Wg Cdr Montgomery shared: "RGC was well represented in the Kirk and later in the Townhouse with Rory on pipes, Head of Music Mr Haggart on the organ, former pupil Austin Robb on piano and S6 pupil, Lord Lieutenant Cadet Sgt Anish S also in attendance. It was noted by one guest, also a Gordonian, that it was well known in the City that Rory had played the pipes in the street during the first lockdown ‘Clap for the NHS’ on Thursday evenings."