Clan Cumming Society of the United States
Buchan Peterson Pipe Band Update
Mr. Keith Curickshank, Buchan Peterson Pipe Band Manager
Buchan Peterson Pipe Band - June 2016

The month of May has brought our fundraising Gala Dinner and the start of the annual competing season for the Buchan Peterson Pipe Band; both of which proved very successful.

This year our Gala Dinner included a Scottish Gin tasting, followed by some very enthusiastic ceilidh dancing! This is the second time the pipe band has hosted this popular event which not only allows us to raise significant funds for our organisation it also provides the opportunity to raise our profile and showcase our pipe band in the local business community.

The first full band outing of the year took place at a local North of Scotland Championships held in Banchory, Aberdeenshire, where the band scooped the top prizes in Grade 2. The day also saw the band successfully compete against established Grade 1 bands who travelled north to attended the season’s opening competition. The following weekend brought the first major championship of the year. The British Championships, were for the first time held in Paisley, just outside Glasgow. This was where the hard work and dedication of the winter months began to pay off; competing against 18 other Grade 2 bands, Buchan Peterson were placed first in Drumming and second as a band overall. Having come first equal in the points tally the band lost out on “ensemble preference” to the first placed band, Police Service Northern Ireland. While disappointed to miss out on first place by the narrowest of margins the band members are now even more determined to excel at the remaining competitions of the season!

June sees a very busy month for our band, in addition to local outings the month includes 2 further major championship competitions. The band will travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland for the UK Championships on Saturday 11th June followed 2 weeks later where they will be back in the north of Scotland to compete at the European Championships in Forres.

The band members already have one eye on the much coveted World Championships which will be held in Glasgow on 12th & 13th August. As well as competing for the Grade 2 World title the band will be supporting one of our young pipers, Danny Hutcheson, as he competes in the popular Pipe Idol competition at the Piping Live festival, held in the run up to the World Championships. Danny has been selected to compete against 11 of the best young pipers from around the world as they vie for the title of Pipe Idol 2016. We are very lucky at Buchan Peterson to have a talented stock of young musicians, evidenced by five of our members having successfully passed the rigorous audition process to qualify to play for the prestigious National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland, a tremendous accomplishment.

As the summer competition season heats up so does the rivalry between the bands; here’s to a very successful 2016 competition season for the Buchan Peterson Pipe Band!