The Stonehaven Pipe band held its AGM recently in the Station Hotel. Treasurer Ranald Cameron reported a surplus of funds, even following the substantial expenditure on new jackets for the younger members and new chanters for all pipers.
Pipe Major Andy Meehan was pleased to report good progress in learning new tunes over the past year and added there were several learners knocking at the door of joining the full band.
The band had competed at Aberdeen Highland Games and the North of Scotland quartets contest at Huntly. Although no prizes were won the competition experience had proved useful and enjoyable.
This year the aim is to compete in both the mini bands and the quartets at the North of Scotland competition, as well as competing at Turriff and Aberdeen.
There are also possible engagements lined up and more requests are anticipated, both for individual pipers at weddings and for the full band.
It is planned to hold another joint ceilidh with the dancers next October and a booking for the Town Hall will be made. Fundraising was discussed and some possible options were discussed, however no decisions were made and band members were asked to come up with ideas over the next few weeks.
The Pipe major’s award for the most improved learner went to James Forbes and the award for the most improved piper went to Lanna Gordon. The meeting congratulated both individuals on their efforts over the year.
The band welcomes new pipers and drummers – both learners and existing players. Anyone interested can make contact through firstname.lastname@example.org