Rothesay Academy’s school captain, Daniel McDermott, received wonderful news during his work shadowing at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow recently - he was offered one of only four places at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for piping.
We met with Daniel last week, accompanied by Rothesay Academy’s music teacher Miss Katie Hamlet, to find out more about Daniel’s achievement.
“I started playing at about the age of six on the chanter, and played it for about three years, and then the natural progression is onto the pipes after that,” he told us.
“My mum and dad were both drummers and I wanted to be different. It was one of my dad’s pals in the pipe band who persuaded me to go to the dark side, as my dad calls it,” he laughed.
Daniel grew up surrounded by pipe bands and Scottish music, travelling with his parents to various Highland Games across the country as a young child, and it would seem it struck something of a chord with him.
Daniel, who is a member of the National Youth Band of Scotland and plays with the Inveraray District Pipe Band, has won numerous competitions over the years, including the ‘National Piping Centre Junior Champion’ in 2013 and the under 18 ‘March, Strathspey and Reel’ at the Inveraray Highland Games. He also has a large number of solo performances and concert appearances under his belt, as well as providing accompanying music for the Isle of Bute Highland Dance Festival, and is a weel-kent face at many island weddings.
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