Shotts Junior Solos – Entries Close in Less Than Two Weeks!
by Megan Canning | Nov 4, 2016
There is slightly less than a month to go until the third annual Shotts and Dykehead Junior Piping and Drumming Championship, to be held on 3rd December 2016 at Calderhead High School in Shotts, and less than two weeks left to enter!
Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia introduced its first ever Junior Championship in 2014 as a way to support piping and drumming in the North Lanarkshire community, as well as to support youth piping and drumming more widely in Scotland. The band has a storied history of community engagement in North Lanarkshire stemming from the band’s early connection to the old Shotts colliery, and its annual junior championship organised in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council is one of the important ways in which the band gives back to the area from which it comes. The belief in youth music development is equally important. More than a third of the band’s competing members are involved in the tuition of youngsters and juvenile bands across the whole of Scotland- from school bands, private tuition, to the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. The non-partisan teaching and support of youth by our members has certainly helped to foster enthusiasm for this junior contest from within the band, and as the contest will continue to be run on an annual basis, the enthusiasm of our individual members has been adopted as a philosophy of the band as a whole.
Entries are open to any young pipers, snare and tenor drummers who are age 18 or under, and 19 different event categories provide opportunities for players of all levels to compete. Categories range from events for beginners (drum sticks and pad, and practice chanter) right through to a range of light music and piobaireachd events for more advanced players. The event is adjudicated by some of Scotland’s top adjudicators and successful adult solo competitors. Our hope is that the event will be a supportive learning opportunity both for experienced junior competitors and also young players who may be performing in solo competition for the very first time. The day is inclusive, supportive, and catered for all.
Those wishing to participate can enter now by visiting the competition page on our website. Entries are expected to close on 14 November, with the entry draw made the following week.