Over the last two months thirteen young people from Waterford travelled to various locations around the South of Ireland to compete in Solo Piping and Drumming competitions. The events were organized by various Branches of the Irish Pipe band Association and were held in Newcastle West in Co Limerick, New Ross Co Wexford and Dingle in Co Kerry.  A very high standard of playing was achieved at each event and each performer received excellent comments from the Judges on how to improve their performances going forward.  All of the young people enjoyed the experience and will now return to the De La Salle Scout Pipe Band where they perform on a regular basis.  The marks achieved in each separate event were accumulated to give the results for the Southern Solo League and the following won trophies:


Eoin Smith DLS 1st Place Novice Side Drumming
Hazel Murray DLS  1st Place Novice Piping
Kevin Hennessy DLS & New Ross  1st Place Under 16 Side Drumming
Megan O’Connor DLS 1st Place  Introductory Tenor Drumming
Emily Costello DLS  2nd Place Under 16 Side Drumming
Ciara Duffy DLS  2nd Place  Introductory Tenor Drumming
Eimear Costello DLS 3rd Place Under 12 and Under 14 Piping
James Stone DLS 3rd Place  Small Pipes


All of these young players will now go on to compete with their bands in various competitions throughout the country over the coming months.  On May 15th De La Salle will host a Mini Bands Competition in Stephen Street school and anyone interested in hearing some good quality piping and drumming are welcome to come along between 12.30 and 5.00 and experience what should be a top quality event.  People of all ages interested in learning Highland Piping and Drumming are welcome to come to Stephen St School any Monday night between 7.30 to 9.30 to explore the possibilities with members of the band.