Following a summer of online auditions and interviews Rory M (P7) has been offered a place with the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland (NYPBoS).
Mr Sumner shared: "Congratulations to Rory who is the first piper from RGC to be offered a place in the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. Rory has been a member of RGC Pipe Band since primary 4 after learning the chanter in primary 3. Last year he was involved in recording Highland Cathedral with the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and performed the track on stage with them and other members of RGC Pipe Band at the Echt Show. In April he was crowned World Champion at the World Online Piping and Drumming Championships where he was placed 1st in the Grade 5 Jig competition."
Rory said: “I’m delighted to get a place in NYPBoS. It’s been one of my ambitions since I started piping. It’s exciting that they are having a Junior Band for the first time so there should be pipers from all over Scotland who are a similar age to me. I’m looking forward to practicing with them and learning some new, fast tunes.
"I’m really grateful to all my tutors at RGC for their encouragement, particularly Mr Sumner for all the work he has done to develop the RGC Pipe Band. Hopefully we will be able to compete again as a band next year. I like going to the competitions with the Pipe Band because I sometimes get to sit at the back of the bus and there are always lots of sweets!”
Launched in 2002 by The National Piping Centre, NYPBoS is the first organisation of it's kind and brings together Scotland's most talented musicians at a national level. The band is a non-competing cutting edge performance band for children age 10-25 years in Scotland. Membership is drawn from across Scotland's 32 councils, and young pipers and drummers come from an array of different competing pipe bands and musical backgrounds, brought together as a collection of the very best chosen to play for their country.