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Vote Now for Scottish Pipe Band of the Year

Shortlisted nominations for the very prestigious 15th annual MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards have just been unveiled, and we are delighted to announce that the Dollar Academy Pipe Band has been shortlisted in the Scottish Pipe Band of the Year category (sponsored by The Glenturret Single Malt Whisky).

The award is decided by public vote and the DAPB is in competition with Inveraray and District, Royal Burgh of Annan and Lochalsh Junior pipe bands for the top spot. Voting for the shortlisted acts will be open until 24 November and votes can be cast online here. Just click through to question 15 if you like, or answer as many of the questions on the way as you wish.


The DAPB already hold the RSPBA Scottish, British, UK, European and World titles. Register your vote today to help Dollar’s Pipe Band claim a new accolade: the Scots Trad Music Award!  Voting closes on Friday 24 November.

Shortlisted for Scottish Pipe Band of the YearHeralded as the most prestigious award ceremony in the traditional music calendar, the winners will be revealed during an awards ceremony on Saturday 2 December, at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre. A total of sixteen awards will be given to the best musicians and bands throughout Scotland’s bustling industry.

The Pipe Band nominations go to bands who meet one or more of a set of criteria that includes, among other things, competitive success, the band’s interaction with or impact on the community and the band’s musical impact. The band may also have earned positive media attention for its work or be considered cultural ambassadors by flying the flag for music or for Scotland abroad.

Criteria includes interaction with or impact on the community Given these particular criteria, it is no surprise that the DAPB has been nominated. And, whilst its competitive successes are well-known, over the years, the Pipe Band has contributed to the local community in many ways that reach beyond the competition circuit. The pupils involved with the Pipe Band have given up many hours to perform for organisations such as Dollar Gardens, the Strathcarron Hospice and the Bill McLaren Trust. Every year the DAPB puts on a very popular display at the Dollar Gala before leading the community in a parade down to the Civic Centre. Pipers and drummers are also always on hand on the hillsides to encourage the walkers in the Academy’s Sponsored Walk, which consistently raises over £50, 000 for charity. They are instrumental, too, in raising awareness of Scottish traditional music far beyond Scotland’s shores: the Pipe Band has travelled to Sri Lanka, Japan, Canada and Australia and brought the sounds of the pipes to these far-flung locations. It has also performed in the Armed Services Parades, at countless Burns Suppers and Remembrance Parades.

By any measure, the DAPB must be considered to meet (and mightily exceed) the criteria for this award. The pipers, drummers (and their hard-working tutors) would be grateful for your help in propelling our Pipe Band to the top of the shortlist.

Keep up to date with all the latest Trad Awards information by visiting: http://www.scotstradmusicawards.com

The Scots Trad Music Awards Ceremony and Gala Concert take place on 2 December 2017 at Lagoon Centre, Paisley. You can buy tickets for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards call Paisley Arts Centre on 0300 300 1210 or buy online.