Grade 4 Pipe Major Appointment

03rd Feb, 2020


Further to his appointment in November as Piping Instructor, we are delighted to announce Gary Nimmo’s additional appointment to the role of Pipe Major of our Grade 4 band. Gary will be working with Pipe Sergeant Irralee MacNab and Leading Drummer Amy Wilson preparing the band for the forthcoming competition season.

Gary joins as the former Pipe Corporal of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, and former Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Royal Burgh of Stirling Pipe Band.

Gary said: “After working with the band over the last few months, I am delighted to be taking on this extra responsibility, and being part of a world class teaching organisation. Such community focused groups are absolutely vital for the development of pipers and drummers of the future. Also, after speaking to Mark Stewart about his vision for the Vale of Atholl, it was a very easy decision to be part of it."

Ian Elrick, Chairman of the Vale said: “We are all very excited about this appointment and along with Mark Stewart taking on the Grade 3 that the band has never been in better hands for many years."

As ever, if there are any youngsters in the area who would like to learn the pipes or drums, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have a fantastic tuition programme overseen by Gary and supported by Landrover Experience Scotland. Lessons are FREE and aimed at youngsters aged eight and over.

The Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Results 2020

20th Jan, 2020


The Junior Piping and Drumming Competition took place on Saturday 18th January 2020, at Pitlochry High school. The full results are available here.

Special thanks to McCallum Bagpipes, The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust and Perth and Kinross council for all their support in ensuring the 2020 Junior Competition was a success.

Congratulations to our champion pipers for 2020, Katie Duthie (Under 15) and Archie Clark(15-18)

Champion Pipers 2020

Well done to our own Vale players who were also amongst the prizewinners!

Vale of Atholl Winners

The Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Draw 2020

16th Jan, 2020


The draw for the 2020 Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Competition can be found here.

The Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Results 2017

27th Jan, 2016


The results for the 2017 Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Competition, held on Saturday 21st January 2017 in Pitlochry High School can be found here.

The Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Competition 2017

16th Jan, 2016


The draw for the 2017 Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Competition, held on Saturday 21st January 2017 in Pitlochry High School can be found here.

The Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Competition 2017

13th Dec, 2016


The 2017 Vale of Atholl Junior Piping and Drumming Competition will be held on Saturday 21st January 2017 in Pitlochry High School. The competition starts at 9:30am and is confined to players residing in Dundee, Perthshire or Angus, who attend a school in the area or are in a branch band. Click the link to download the entry form.

Adrian Hoy takes on Grade 1 drum corps

9th Sept, 2016


The Vale of Atholl Grade 1 Pipe Band is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Leading Drummer, Adrian Hoy.

A native of Cullybackey village, Adrian joined Cullybackey Pipe Band when he was 9 years old and became leading drummer when he was 22. He had a short break from the band when he moved to Scotland in 1990 and played with Scottish Power before moving back to Northern Ireland in 1993.

In 1995 Adrian, having again taken up the position of leading drummer with Cullybackey, embarked on a teaching programme for young drummers which has produced many prize winners over the years.

Whilst at Cullybackey, Adrian led his drum corps to many victories over the years, including World titles whilst in grade two. On promotion the band were successful in qualifying to 6 world finals in 7 years.

All of his former corps from Cullybackey have regrouped to get behind this exciting new venture. The snare line features many of today's top soloists and include Adrian's son Jason Hoy, William Glenholmes, Chris Kerr, Marcus Wenlock, Matthew Wenlock, Ryan Martin and Nathan McLeister.

Adrian stated "Everyone is really pleased to be back as a corps again and looking forward to the exciting challenges ahead. There has always been a close relationship with the two bands and this was a natural fit for us. I have always admired “The Vale” for their musical innovation and am confident that the band will be in a stronger position as we enter the 2017 season."

Pipe Major Cramb has welcomed this opportunity to work with Adrian and his talented drum corps, having been impressed with their obvious professionalism and work ethic whilst playing alongside them at the Avenches Tattoo in the past and hearing them compete over the years.

PM Cramb stated "The long-term commitment Adrian has given to playing with the Vale will provide stability in the drum corps after a few years of continual change. The band will also benefit from Adrian's undoubted success and skill in teaching new drummers, which will complement the existing commitment the Vale already has to bringing in and developing young players. Our sights are firmly set on forging a strong musical relationship and with that, a successful band at championship level."

Lee Lawson

Wanted! New Recruits for Grade 1 band

18th Dec, 2015


The Vale of Atholl Grade 1 pipe band is currently looking to recruit experienced pipers and drummers to strengthen its numbers in all departments prior to relaunching itself for the new competition season. Any interested pipers, drummers or tenor drummers should contact Pipe Major Adrian Cramb with a brief outline of playing experience or for further information if required.

Recognising the heritage of the Vale in Perthshire, the full band practises in Perth City. However, there is the opportunity for groups of players from other parts of the country to have regional practices, making good use of digital media and reducing the need to travel to some of the Perth practices.

The band has been competing in Grade 1 since 1983 and has a strong reputation for pushing the boundaries, playing an innovative repertoire and working with leading new composers. It also has a well-established teaching system with Grade 4B and Grade 3A bands to support the progression of aspiring players. This system has recently been strengthened through the introduction by the Vale of a teaching programme working with several Primary schools in Perth City and Highland Perthshire. There will be opportunities for new players who are interested in supporting the development of young people within the pipe band world to also contribute to this element of the band.

The Vale has performed in many concerts over the years, regularly contributing to prestigious ceremonies at events such as the Ryder Cup and playing in overseas music festivals. Closer to home, the band will perform live in this year’s BBC Alba Hogmany Ceilidh, alongside a variety of guests including Skipinnish and the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band. Although primarily the Vale is an aspiring competition band, it is opportunities to play at these other events that generate a fantastic buzz in the band and provide the chance for the players to have a great time together, being creative away from the competition circuit.

If you are interested in joining the Vale of Atholl Grade 1 Pipe Band please contact PM Adrian Cramb at info@thevale.org

The Vale of Atholl Grade 4B Pipe Band