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Call to join the Pipers Trail


Following the success of its first global tour, young pipers and drummers from across the world are being called upon to join The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s esteemed house band, Pipers Trail. The recruitment appeal, which offers young people the opportunity to tour with the band and perform at international occasions throughout the year, including the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo, comes following the completion of the band’s recent successful expeditions where they took in first-time visits to Germany, Norway, Czech Republic and China.

This year’s Pipers Trail at the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo in August included a large Australian contingent.

Pipers Trail was developed by The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2014 to establish a global network of Scottish piping and drumming performers that can play traditional and contemporary music, with a focus on excellence and performance amongst the next generation.

Stevie Small, Project Officer at Pipers Trail, commented: “The popular appeal of the pipes and drums has never been stronger, both in appreciation of the music and the considerable talent in the bagpipe, drums and traditional dancing here in Scotland and abroad. The key reason to launch the band was to form a capability for piping, drumming, Highland dancing and fiddling to a level that can not only draw the skills of excellence for the Edinburgh Tattoo but also for global occasions that provide our young members with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to better their skills and exposure in the piping world. As with every art form, it’s important that we are always encouraging the next generation to come through the ranks. The opportunities which this presents are huge, from international tours and of course performing at the world-renowned Edinburgh Tattoo during August. We’re excited to meet the new recruits.”

The current Pipers Trail members finished off their global tour, that commenced in September 2017, on home soil taking part in the recent President’s March at Royal Highland Show. The President’s March is a procession of musicians taking place in the world famous Main Ring in the grounds of Ingliston.

To date, the band has brought together more than 200 performers from Argentina, Uruguay, Canada, New Zealand, United States, Australia and across the UK, to perform at Edinburgh Castle’s famous Esplanade in the last four years.

Pipers and drummers looking to apply for a role within the band should contact: PipersTrail@edintattoo.co.uk

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