Loretto School’s (very) High Level Piping and Drumming at the Royal Commonwealth Pool
21st March 2016

The Loretto Pipe Band took their art to a new level this weekend by performing from the 7.5 meter and 10 meter Diving Platforms at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh. The occasion was the Edinburgh International Swim Meet - one of the most important competitions in the swimming calendar.

By way of a warm up, the Loretto Pipe Band first welcomed competitors and spectators at the entrance of the Royal  Commonwealth Pool before the band took to the Diving Platforms to play.

A jaunty little Samba number from the Loretto Pipe Band went down well with the crowd - most appropriate given the venue for this summer's Olympics.

Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School, said, “The Loretto Pipe Band has played in some interesting places, but none quite so unique as from a 10 meter diving platform. I think that this must be a first for any Pipe Band in the world – an unforgettable experience for the pupils!”

A film of the Loretto Pipe Band performing from their lofty position can be seen here -


The Loretto Pipe Band

The Loretto Pipes and Drums are much in demand for local, national and international public events.  A list of recent appearances would include switching on the Christmas lights in Musselburgh, Beating Retreat at Holyrood and Edinburgh Castle, Lords Cricket Ground, Remembrance Day at the Menin Gate and Mull of Kintyre at Hampden Park with Paul McCartney.  Piping and drumming instructors are leading practitioners and a rigorous training is provided through individual lessons and band rehearsals in the activity programme.

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