Pipe bands invited to attend Tartan Day in the Big Apple

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North Lanarkshire’s Schools’ Pipe Bands have been invited to next year’s Tartan Day celebrations in New York.

Both the Novice and Juvenile bands will head to America in April to march down 6th Avenue in the annual celebration of Scottish heritage.

This season the Novice band won the “Champions of Champions” title for the best performances across all five major piping championships, while the Juvenile band enjoyed its best ever finish at the worlds.

Ross Cowan, Pipe Major, said: “It’s incredible to think we’ll be taking part in the Tartan Day parade in New York next year - what an unbelievable experience it will be for all our young people.

“We’ve had a terrific year, for the Novice band to be Champion of Champions and the Juvenile band to be the best state school band at the worlds is very special.”

The pupils were told the news at a Civic Reception in Motherwell.

Provost Jean Jones said: “It’s wonderful pupils from schools across North Lanarkshire will be taking part in the Tartan Day celebrations in New York.

“The bands are a superb example of the very best in Scottish Education and shows what can be achieved through hard work and dedication of both staff and pupils.”

Jordyn Graham , who plays the bagpipes for the Novice B Schools Band added: “It’s amazing to think that we’ll be going to New York to lead the Tartan Day parade - especially as I’ll be going with some of my best friends!”