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Some of my students over years have moved onto playing for the National Youth Band of Scotland as well as some reaching for grade one pipe bands.

Vikki Paul, Tenor Instructor

Wooden Hut

VIKKI PAUL

MY PIPE BAND CAREER STARTED OFF BACK AT THE AGE OF 8, MY OLDER COUSIN WAS MY ROLE MODEL AND I WANTED TO FOLLOW IN HIS FOOTSTEPS SO I BEGAN CHANTER LESSONS WITH SANDY DAVIDSON UP TO THE AGE OF 11 THEN STOPPED. ONCE I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL I DECIDED TO START LESSON BACK UP WHEN I JOINED THE ARMY CADET FORCE IN DUNBLANE. WHEN I WAS HERE I WAS TAUGHT BY ANDY BOWIE AND A RANGE OF OTHER INSTRUCTORS.

ONCE I HAD TURNED 17, I FANCIED A CHANGE BUT KNEW I WANT TO STILL BE A PART OF THE PIPE BAND WORLD. I WAS DRAWN TO TENOR DRUMMING - THE VISUAL SIDE WAS THE MAIN BIT THAT CAUGHT MY EYE. I WENT ALONG TO CENTRAL SCOTLAND POLICE PIPE BAND AND ABOUT THREE WEEKS LATER I FOUND MYSELF AT COWAL READY TO GO COMPETE. THIS WAS JUST THE BEGINNING.

OVER THE YEARS FROM THERE I HAVE FOUND MYSELF PLAYING IN A FEW BANDS FROM CENTRAL SCOTLAND POLICE 3A, THE BURGH OF STIRLING 3A (WINNING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS) TO DENNY AND DUNIPACE IN GRADE 1.

OUTSIDE OF COMPETING I HAVE DONE A FEW TOURS OF GERMANY WITH THE SCOTTISH MUSIC PARADE. THE BASEL CHRISTMAS TATTOO IN SWITZERLAND THREE TIMES, AS WELL AS PLAYED AT THE FESTIVAL DE ORTIGUEIRA IN 2016 AND 2017. I HAVE ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PLAYING FOR THE QUEEN AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY. WHEN PLAYING WITH THE CADET BAND I ALSO PLAYED AT THE PREMIER OPENING IN EDINBURGH FOR THE DISNEY FILM BRAVE.

I ALSO COMPLETED ALL THE PDQB LEVELS DURING MY TIME IN THE CADET BAND.

WITH ALL MY EXPERIENCE I STARTED TEACHING, AND TEACH AT MORRISONS ACADEMY AND GLENALMOND COLLEGE, WITH OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE PAST.

SOME OF MY STUDENTS OVER YEARS HAVE MOVED ONTO PLAYING FOR THE NATIONAL YOUTH BAND OF SCOTLAND AS WELL AS SOME REACHING FOR GRADE ONE PIPE BANDS.

VIKKI PAUL / TENOR INSTRUCTOR / DUNBLANE, SCOTLAND

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