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An organisation with humble origins and noble aims, the Arran Schools’ Pipe Band, deserve every bit of their success at the prestigious British Pipe Band Championship.

Not only did the tutors manage to maintain the lessons during lockdown via online video-calling, but the young pupils themselves invested their efforts in maintaining their regular practice sessions, and succeeded despite the many obstacles thrown in their way.

The group may have come 14th in their category but the fact that they are competing at a national level, and doing so competently, is nothing short of amazing considering the proficiency timescales.

Success that is earned is admirable and there can be no doubt that the young Arran musicians have worked hard to attain the level that they have.

The inspired youngsters have performed at just about every community event possible, to show their gratitude for support, and to gain valuable practice experience as a band.

The Isle of Arran Music School has inspired a young generation of pupils who have gained a love for music, experienced the benefits of performing and being part of a group, as well as developing self-confidence, a by-product of mastering an instrument or activity.

The work undertaken by the music school is commendable and the integration of the school with the Arran Pipe Band – that may ensure its longevity with a fresh supply of musicians – is music to our ears.