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The band's busy summer schedule began with a trip to Barra during the last week of school where they played for the pupils and staff at Castlebay School. This was closely followed by 'Piping Hot Forres', venue of the European Pipe Band Championships, where pipers and drum corps completed their set proficiently despite heavy rain. The day ended in style when the band was invited to play at a wedding reception in the village of Abriachan.
In July, a number of band members travelled north to perform at the North Harris Show and there was a fair turnout for the South Uist and Benbecula Agricultural Show later in the month. Then the band was honoured with an invitation to the Harris Tweed Tattoo in Stornoway on 8th and 9th August. Band members had learnt a selection of tunes which they played in a ‘massed bands’ event at the Tattoo, alongside Uist Pipe Band and several other bands from further afield, including World famous Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Canada.

After a few days at home, the young pipers and drummers were off again to the World Pipe Band Championships on 15th and 16th August (pictured below).


Held on Glasgow Green, there were 2 days of mixed weather while bands competed at all levels. Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band was in Novice Juvenile - a class with a total 28 pipe bands competing. Although the band did not make the Final round, they had performed well and worked hard to keep any nervousness at bay.

The final outdoor event of the year (pictured below) was on Tuesday 2nd September. Comann na Mara invited the pupils to play for the Princess Royal and all those present for the opening of the new marina at Lochmaddy.


As the days begin to shorten, the band can look back on the great summer they have had. Of course there is sadness too at this time of year when some of the band's older pupils move on. The school leavers will be missed by the rest of the pupils, but the band will continue to have many busy days ahead of them with the promising debut pipers and drummers coming up through the ranks.


Please support Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band by giving them your vote to gain funds from the Bank of Scotland Community Fund. You can vote online by using the link below and also in the Bank of Scotland (Benbecula and Lochmaddy) every time you visit the branch.

It would also be appreciated if you could forward this link on to other people in your address book so we get as many votes as possible.


A Piping Recital took place on Friday 13th June in the Dark Island Hotel. Our Guest Piper was Lachie Dick. Thanks to all those who attended the event and for your generous donations.


Roddy Thompson S4 and Former Pupil Lachie Dick

British Pipe Band Championships

The Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band travelled to Bathgate’s Meadow Park to take part in the British Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 31st May. Bathgate welcomed over 140 top pipe bands from across the British Isles. This year's Chieftain of the Championships was internationally-acclaimed singer, Susan Boyle.

UIST MòD WINNERS 24th May 2014

Hamish Rodger - Novice, Bagpipes
Calum Craib - Under 15's, March; Strathspey & Reel; Jig; 6/8 March; Overall Highest Mark
Fergus MacVicar - Under18 Section, March