There are now around 30 pipers across Lewis and Harris schools, many of whom are members of the Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band. As a means of securing future progress, the newly formed committee has registered the band as a charity and put a development plan in place. The band practises on a regular basis and now boasts a development section as well as the regular pipe band. New members are always very welcome.
The Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band intends to compete at the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Championships this year which will be held in Livingstone on the 10th of March. Over 65 bands participate in the event which, as well as the regular pipe band competitions, offers a range of other categories, such as quartets for beginners and 'freestyle' which allows for a fusion of musical styles and instruments. In 2016 the Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band won 3rd place in the Debut A section. This was the first time they had taken part in the competition and it is hoped that they will be able to improve on this performance in 2019.
Recently the band received a loan of 20 sets of pipes from the Scottish Schools’ Pipe Band Trust (SSPBT). The SSPBT’s aim is to secure Scotland’s unique musical heritage by developing state school pipe bands across the length and breadth of Scotland. Members of the band are offered the pipes on loan for a three year period, with an option to buy the sets at an affordable rate thereafter. The Lewis and Harris Youth Pipe Band are very grateful to the SSPBT for this generous assistance as well as for other initiatives which allow the band to continue to grow.