A Royal Engagement for Dollar Academy
Dollar Academy Pipe Band played by royal engagement on Friday 1st July 2011, at a procession in Edinburgh to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s opening of the fourth term of the Scottish Parliament.
The school pipe band, which has over the years gathered an international reputation for world class performance, was invited to perform at the traditional Riding event – a procession down the Royal Mile intended to symbolise the parliament’s connection with the people of Scotland.
The Riding featured 1,500 politicians, performers and local heroes. The pipes and drums from Dollar Academy raised cheers from the thousands of spectators who lined the route.
The procession culminated at the parliament building, where the crowds gathered outside had been greeted by the Queen, following her official opening with a speech to politicians and dignitaries in the parliament’s main chamber.
There were 30 pupils in total from Dollar Academy performing at the Riding. Dressed smartly in their No 1 uniforms, the pupils were proud to represent their local community, and very excited to be featured so heavily in the BBC coverage of the event.
Speaking after the performance, Craig Stewart, Contingent Commander from the Dollar Academy CCF and school pipe band, said: ‘This has been another great engagement for the school pipe band, and a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to perform at such a high profile royal event.”