Beinn Gorm Highlanders go to worlds in 20th year
To mark its 20th year the Beinn Gorm Highlanders are heading to the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland and they are doing some fundraising to help get them there.
The band is registered to compete at the Glasgow event in August of 2020, at the encouragement of Pipe Major Sheila Stewart, co-founder of the Beinn Gorm (meaning Blue Mountains in Gaelic) Highlanders.
The band has more than 40 members ranging in age from eight (drummer Becca Maher and piper Ruby Boucher) to 91 (Jim Macmillan). Of those planning to go, members have committed to paying their own airfare and are arranging for accommodation but they are also fundraising to pay for fees, transportation within Scotland and other incidentals.
This is the first time the band is competing in the world championships. They perform at no cost at many local events, churches, schools and nursing homes and have provided free instruction in bagpiping and drumming since forming in 2000.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, Beinn Gorm Highlanders will be putting on a concert and hosting a silent auction. They are looking for donations for the auction and have created a program for family, friends and community members to show their support. Four donation levels ranging from $50 to $500 will get donors special recognition, member cards, and Beinn Gorm Highlanders merchandise. The top-level donors will get a piper to play for 30 minutes at an occasion of their request.
To donate, contribute to the silent auction, or for tickets contact piper Tim Armour at 705-466-3009.
The November 2 concert will be at New Life Church in Collingwood, at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $30.
Tickets are also available at The Creemore Echo or from any member of the band.