Who are we and what do we do?
Hi. We are Methil & District Pipe Band based in Buckhaven Community Centre. We are a not for profit organisation that provides piping and drumming tuition for all ages.
Last year the band were 2nd in the Scottish Championships, European Championships and also at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 4A. As a result of our success, we have been promoted to a higher level of competition (Grade 3B), which is wonderful for the band, but the drums we have are old and pretty worn out, and not fit for purpose to play at this standard.
The Benefits Of Music
All areas of the band have grown in size, with quite a number of youngsters recently joining. We especially have a growing number of 10-16 year olds, who can socialise, and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of music, in a safe environment. They gain an increased sense of community, support and self confidence.
Being part of the band, and its supporters, provides important social interaction opportunities for both children and their families alike, as they attend events and join in with socialising. As families are brought together throughout the area, friendships are formed, they support one another and social isolation can be reduced. This sense of community within the band can also help to create and maintain good relationships between children and their families.
Not only do the children learn band craft, but they learn team building and develop social skills that will set them up for later life. This positive and supportive influence enables many of them to go on to gain work experience and small parts of paid employment, which will help them in future employability, and in applying for their future educational choices.
A few of the children from Methil & District have progressed far, and gone on to attend the very prestigious Plockton School of Music, which is the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.
What The Money Will Provide Towards......
We have a growing number of talented children, whose skills are improving all the time, and we would like to continue to enhance their music environment, and give them the best opportunities to keep learning. This includes being able to compete at the higher level of Grade 3B.
To do this, we need
- 10 snare drums
- 6 tenor drums
- 1 bass drum
- 8 drum harnesses
- protective drum cases
This comes to a total cost of £13,919.18.
So far we have managed to raise £10,500 towards that total.
We have been playing and collecting at Sainsbury’s and Morrisons supermarkets in Kirkcaldy, Leven and Glenrothes, and have given some impromptu performances on the streets of Leven and Kirkcaldy.
We have also been very fortunate to receive grants from Kingdom Kids, Fife Charities Trust and Buckhaven Community Centre Management Committee, which is amazing!
However, this leaves us with a shortfall of £3,419.18, which is why we need your help.
How Can You Help?
Please take a look at our rewards on the right hand side of the page and pledge on your favourite one. It's a great opportunity to buy tickets to our ceilidh in September, or for any budding pipers and drummers out there, it's a chance to try your hand with a chanter or twirl some tenor sticks!
Or, if none of the rewards take your fancy, but you'd like to support the band's progression, then you can simply donate.
We would dearly love to be able to purchase our new drums and take part in next year’s championships at the higher grade, so any and all contributions made will really make a difference.
Thank you so much for your support.
Below are three short videos of the band performing at a competition and also at the Interqueltic Festival in Lorient, Brittany (have a tissue ready, Amazing Grace might make you cry).