An Arran pipe band is “over the moon” after winning the top prize at a major national championship.

The Isle of Arran Schools Pipe Band won the Eilidh MacLeod Endeavour Award at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championship in Kilmarnock’s William McIlvanney Campus on Sunday March 12.

The award is the main prize at the championships and is dedicated to the young Manchester Arena attack victim from Barra.

Quinton Black, Chair at Isle of Arran Music School said: "The band is over the moon to be awarded the Endeavour award.

“Being able to perform at many island events has secured the band as a much-valued community asset.

“This recognition of all the hard work through the pandemic and distractions due to our island location by receiving this award inspires the project to aim high in the future.”

More than 120 schools competed for wins across the eight categories as 81 performances were showcased on the day.

The awards are celebrating their tenth anniversary after being established by The Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust in 2013 to encourage kids to learn instruments.

Drumming tutor with Isle of Arran Schools Pipe Band, Tam Barnes, said: “We extend our thanks to the SSPDT for their continued support of the project and for all of the help to get us to where we are today.

“We wouldn't be where we are without not only the financial assistance but also the advice in getting the project up and running back in 2017.

“The band have been through a lot with pandemics, change of tutors and good old trusty CalMac disrupting not only tutors being able to get to the island but also the band from getting to performances on the mainland.

“We look forward to bringing more of the Isle of Arran to the Championships and beyond in the future."

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