Bute piper Daniel McDermott helped the Inveraray and District Pipe Band to their first ever Grade 1 major championship last weekend.
Daniel and his bandmates were placed first in the European Championship competition in Forres, beating off competition in Grade 1 from some of the biggest names in the pipe band world, including Canada’s St Laurence O’Toole, Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia.
A total of 116 bands and 46 drum majors made the trip to Forres for the competition, from throughout the UK and Ireland and as far afield as Australia, Switzerland and the USA.
Daniel, one of the outgoing school captains at Rothesay Academy, had to miss the school’s end-of-year achievement awards ceremony, at which he was due to receive several prizes, including the Markwell Music Award, in order to play at the Forres competition - though the band’s performance and result more than justified his decision to focus on his piping, one which was made with the full blessing of the school.
Daniel will begin studying piping at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow later this year, having secured one of only four places on the institution’s piping course.