Practical Pipers Society
Auchterhouse Nov Juvenile
Here we have a young band which was raised and taught in the village of Auchterhouse
thanks to the hard work of a committee led by George Stewart.
Once they got the basic meeting sorted out they had tuition help from me (Gordon Rogers)
and Richard Smith of the Fintry Pipe Band. Eventually they were assisted in the drumming
side of things by Mike Croft who was taught in Forfar Burgh but moved to Tayside Police.
Here we have Auchterhouse at an early Remembrace parade at Lochee West Parish Church.
The front rank is flanked by Pipe Major (Fintry) Richard Smith at this side with Pipe Major (Tayside Police) Gordon Rogers at the far side.
Interestingly, the other front rank players are David Winter (Ex Bullionfield) and his son representing
the 6th/8th B.B. at their own church parade.
During 1980/81 the entire band went on two residential teach-ins at Angus House, Edzell
and this led to them having success in the local Branch Championships with a first and
third in the Mini Bands in 1986. In those days we had kilts and jerseys with little else.
With me working shifts and Pipe Major of the Police band, change had to come.
Fred Duncan decided to retire from the Police Pipe Band and was persuaded that
his time could be well used as it would not be divided between two organisations.
Here, in 1990 we see Pipe Major Fred Duncan, with the Blue Banner,
with this young band in their practice hall, by now fully dressed
and with a really professional look about them
Billy McAllister has been in touch withsome of the names:
Back row: Tonia Whitmore(Tenor), Simon ? , Sandy Duncan, Andrew Hopkins, Gordon Barton(Now P/M of Alyth), Ewan(possibly)
Middle Row: Billy McAlister(Bass now at Fintry), ??, Gavin Pyper, Euan ? , Sharon(Siblingof Grant in front row), Pipe Major Fred Duncan
Front Row: Kirsty Duncan, Ian Hopkins, Athol Whitmore, ??, Grant.