There is no tuition on the pipes and drums in the schools in Moray unlike the surrounding counties in the Highlands. To fill this void, the Forres & District Band set up a charitable scheme to provide free tuition on the pipes and drums for youngsters between the ages of 8 & 11.
The first batch of 31 youngsters were recruited in October 2016 and allocated places in the new scheme tutored by well-qualified and experienced instructors. The second intake, recruited in October 2017 saw a further 16 youngsters recruited to learn both the pipes and drums and it is our intention to have one final round of recruitment in October 2018. Thereafter, we hope that we may be able to arrange tuition for local youngsters through the education system in conjunction with the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust.
In the meantime, after almost 18 months of tuition, the first of youngsters from the class of 2016 are ready to progress from the practice chanter and drum pad to the adult instruments. To provide the continuity of tuition, the committee has during the past year established the framework of a Youth Band to enable the youngsters to continue their studies in a band environment under the wing of the Forres and District Pipe Band.
As the youngsters continue to graduate from the Tuition Scheme to the Youth Band, we would hope to get them on to their first parade towards the end of this year. Subsequently, as the youngsters gain experience under the guidance of their mentors, the Youth Band will grow in strength and will be able to participate in community activities in Forres.
In addition to securing the future of the band, this initiative preserves the heritage of our National instrument and provides a meaningful challenge to local youngsters. It also provides a lifetime skill which improves the social aspects of their lives and by playing in a band it introduces a benign discipline and a sense of responsibility towards their fellow band members and the band itself.
To keep the flow of youngsters running through the Scheme and into the Youth Band we need to raise £3850:00 to meet the tuition fees and venue charges from the beginning of Oct 18 until end of June 19. To this end we are sincerely grateful to the Tesco’s “Bags of Help” initiative for the opportunity to realize this sum and thus to encourage and inspire the young musicians of Forres.
We very would much appreciate your support for this worthy venture.
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