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Nairn Pipe Band sees youngest member (7) take on drums in his first public performance

By Federica Stefani

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Jackson Boylan (7) was thrilled after the performance.
Jackson Boylan (7) was thrilled after the performance.

The youngest member of the Nairn Pipe Band had his first public performance as the band opened the first summer ceilidh at the community centre earlier this month.

Jackson Boylan, Millbank Primary student, joined the Nairn Pipe Band around a year ago, following in the footsteps of his younger sister Kayleigh, who plays the pipes.

He is the youngest of a new cohort of growing talents withing the band after an effort to attract young people to join them and support young talent.

Jackson’s father, Michael said: “It’s been great to see the work done by the pipe band to develop and entice some of the younger ones.

The Pipe Band at the community centre.
The Pipe Band at the community centre.

“They have got a lot of young members coming in. Jackson is the youngest of course, and that was the first time he played in public with the band.

“He loved it, he was really pleased. He has been playing with the band for about a year, he was delighted to play with the band in public. The next big one now will be at the Nairn Highland Games. It’s a big thing here so he is hoping to take part in that as well.

“We are very proud of him and delighted with the support that he had from the pipe band.

“The slightly older ones in the team are helping the youngest one and Thomas and Kevin (drum and pipe major) were great in supporting him. “

Pipe Major Kevin Reid said it was great to see the young drummer perform ahead of the ceilidh.

He said: “ As a community band it is essential that we encourage local young people to learn the pipes and drums, within our structured practices on a Thursday night, to ensure we progress not only the band but the traditional instruments and music we play.

“Jackson, the younger brother of one of our pipers (Kayleigh), has successfully proved that enthusiasm, commitment and practice is rewarded with the opportunity to play with the band at exciting local events.

“Although having never played the drums before he has, starting with the rudiments, followed our drummer tutors' lessons and guidance to be well on the way to becoming a valued member of the drum corps and band. I'm sure if he continues as he has been this will be sooner rather than later!

“I hope the success of Jackson, and others, show the community that the future of their band is looking very healthy indeed!”

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