The Vale of Atholl Pipe Band is comprised of three pipe bands, playing at Grade 1, Grade 3A and Grade 4B levels in Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) competitions and Highland Games throughout the summer months.
Under the leadership of Pipe Major Adrian Cramb, Pipe Major Gus Clarke and Pipe Major Graham Mulhuolland the three bands draw membership from across Scotland. This includes many local Perthshire musicians as the Vale has always had a strong tradition of ‘growing its own’ top quality players, whilst also attracting a wide range of pipers and drummers from other areas, drawn by the exciting music of the band and the ambition of the leadership team.
In addition to the Pipe Majors, this leadership team includes Pipe Sergeant Brian Elrick and Leading Drummer Adrian Hoy in the Grade 1 band; Pipe Sergeant Alex Duncan and Leading Drummer Bongo McNab in the Grade 3A band; and Pipe Sergeant Gavin Stewart and Leading Drummer Steven Stewart in the Grade 4B band.
The bands practice in Perth and Pitlochry throughout the year.
The structure of three bands playing at different levels enables players to develop, with commitment and a lot of hard work, from beginner through to Grade 1 player with the prospect of competing in one of the best pipe bands in the world. To enable children to become involved in learning the instruments at the earliest opportunity the Vale provides tuition in the evening in both Pitlochry and Perth, alongside a project providing tuition within six of the Primary schools in Perth. The talent of the players in all the bands is in ready supply with many of today’s young Vale players regularly featuring in the prize lists of some of the most prestigious solo piping competitions.