Band Programme For Year 2000





November 1999 Pensioners' Concert A 15 minute performance after the meal, for local pensioners in Inverurie Town Hall. -
February 2000 Anniversary Celebration Auchmill Pub, Auchmill Rd., Aberdeen -
Sun. March 18 Thainstone House A charity photo-shoot for Grampian Society For The Blind, offering a Band performance as 2nd prize in a raffle. A few tunes followed for those present. Yes
Sun. 14th May Crathes Castle Start of the outdoor season and a beautiful warm day. Two performances, down the hill in front of the castle entrance. Both went well (except for Dougald whose drone reed dropped into his bag right at the start). Two of Lavina Taylor's dancers gave fine displays of highland dancing on a bouncy platform, to music played by David Fraser. Our hosts provided coffee and soft drinks between performances, but we missed the usual cakes and sandwiches. The crowd listening to the music, enjoyed the surroundings and lazing in the sun. Yes
Sat. 27th May Pitmedden Cross Country Race Day Played across the school's rain sodden sports field to send off the runners. Sun came out when we left. -
Sat. 3rd June Rothie Gala A fine bright day but a bit chilly out of the sun. As usual, the Band led the Gala Queen and parade of floats through the village to the Gala Park and played them around the field. A second performance some time later after the floats had been judged and prizes announced -
Sat. 3rd June Badenscoth Old Folk's Home Drove up to the Home from Rothie Gala and played a few tunes for the residents (and Lillian's Mum) to earn our tea and cakes. -
Sat. 3rd June Safeway Fun Day Last engagement of the day. Played in a circle outside the shop entrance. Fizzy drinks this time, courtesy of Safeway. Huntly Pipeband's Pipe Major couldn't understand how a band could arrive and tune up so quickly!! -
Sat. 10th June Thainstone Mart
A Taste of Grampian
BBC celebrity chef, Antony Worral Thompson, opened the Food Festival when we piped him from the Northsound platform to the Mart entrance. The event and fine weather attracted large crowds. Played twice in the morning and once mid afternoon. Ended up with a massive lunch provided by Highland Cuisine. -
Sat. 10th June Evening Parade in Forres Bussed from Thainstone to Forres. Again, liquid refreshments courtesy of Safeway. Played down Forres High Street in the evening to a large crowd, especially at the Mercat Cross where we stopped to play in a circle. The finale was an attempt at the world record for the biggest "Strip the Willow". A long day for the youngsters. Bus driver went hame wi a sair heid, as his finale to disparaging banter all evening between him and Ilene and Lillian. No
Sat. 17th June Meldrum Sports
Grade 4 Competition
Our first competition for four years and also the first for most of the players. Tuned up at the Baillies'. Lots of nerves amongst the youngsters and not so youngsters, but as first band to play, we could enjoy listening to the others. Judges' crit. sheets told the story of where to improve. Relax, and we would do much better. Yes
Sun. 2nd July Fyvie Gala A good turnout by the members. A fine afternoon and an interesting range of stalls and activities brought a good turnout by the public as well. The band played after the opening of the gala and again mid-afternoon to an appreciative audience. John Wallace and David Fraser took it in turn to play for displays of highland dancing by 2 of Lavina Taylor's star performers. The Fyvie Millenium project recorded for posterity the Band playing a rendition of the Bonny Lass O' Fyvie. See last year's
Sat. 8th July Echt Agricultural Show A disappointingly wet afternoon. Despite that the showground was busy. We tuned up in the school 'cycle sheds and "came out to play" to lead the floats around the field. The Clydesdales had been there first as the state of our brogues reminded us. Set off home to dry out after a second performance in the ring. No. Our official photographer was running in the hill race!
Sun. 23rd July Performance at Braemar Bus at 12.30 from Inverurie. Same driver as on the trip to Fyvie. Plenty of banter, especially when taking us past his house at Aboyne, but he was a bit more wary with his comments to Lillian and Ilene! A fine warm afternoon in Braemar, much better than the dreich, dull weather near the coast. Played from 15.15 to 17.00; first at the side of the Invercauld Arms, then down the main street to form a circle opposite the Fife Arms. There seemed to be a steady stream of visitors arriving to watch and listen. Many stayed for quite a while. Broke for soft drinks, crisps and biscuits, courtesy of Numark. Another brief performance at the road junction to the Games Park, then back up to the Invercauld Arms for our "tea". Very welcome. Back to the bus and home once a nameless few finished their Guiness in the pub at the side garden. Yes
Sun. 30th July Aboyne
Grade 4 Competition
Arrived about 11.00. Alan had a sair heid from a wedding at the Skean Dhu Hotel and Stewart from a Setterday nicht in Inverurie. We played third onto the park, fortunately before the heavy rain which marred much of the rest of the afternoon. Although our playing was much better, relaxed and co-ordinated than at Oldmeldrum, it wasn't matched in our marks. Our younger players have still to learn the art and gain the strength to play their pipes steadily, in tune and in time with each other. Drummers marks were improved. We all had the opportunity to listen to some fine playing from top grade bands, including Shotts and Dykehead. A fine day out despite the rain. -
Sat. 12th Aug. Aberchirder Flower Show (Foggie) - -
Sun. 13th August Fetterangus Gala ?? - -
Sun. 20th Aug Mintlaw Grade 4 Competition, Aden Park. -
Sat 26th Aug Insch Gala - -
Sat. 2nd Sept. Braemar Highland Games - -

Prepared By
John Baillie
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