A group of musicians from Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band used pedal power at the weekend (Saturday 2 July 2016) to raise funds for new instruments.

More than 15 band members took part in a cycle ride from Aberdeen’s Duthie Park to Banchory in Royal Deeside and back to give their coffers a much-needed boost. Organised by Side Drummer, Mike Duncan and Tenor Drummer, Shona Brown, around £2,000 has been raised so far from the 38 mile trip along the Old Deeside Railway Line. The cash will be put towards buying top of the range drums for the band in coming months.

Pipe Sergeant Blair Milne says: “The cycle ride was a fantastic way to raise some additional funds for the band. We had mixed weather but thankfully managed to battle through the elements and complete the 38 mile route in good time. There were a few grazed knees by the end and I’m sure there’ll be some aches and pains in the days to come.”

“We have an exceptionally talented and committed group of musicians who have been working hard all season. Fundraising efforts like Saturday’s, alongside our valued sponsors, put us in a strong position to help us achieve our ambitions.”

Pipe Major Pamela Whyte adds: “We’d like to thank everyone who sponsored our cycle event – the new drums will certainly give the band a boost and help drive us forward towards our ambitious goal.”

The band came 11th in the recent European Championships held at Grant Park in Forres. It is set to compete next in the Scottish Pipe Band Championships on Saturday 30 July in Dumbarton. The final major competition of the season will be the World Pipe Band Championships held at Glasgow Green on Saturday 13 August.

Aberdeen Balmoral Group recently signed up as principal sponsor of the pipe band for the next two years while Newmachar based practice, MAC Architects is online sponsor.

 

Bike Ride 2

Photo L to R, Mike Duncan, Shona Brown, Jack McGowan and Blair Milne

Photo courtesy of  Abermedia