Published 25 July 2023

There’s no such thing as a generation gap for this musical duo – as they join forces for the Scottish Pipe Band Championships this month.

Piper Tam Gray, 67, and lead drummer Alexander Brown, 11, are the oldest and youngest members of the Dumbarton District Pipe Band, and the event on Saturday 29 July will be their first time competing together.

The pair struck up a firm friendship after the band recently reformed – showing that age is just a number when it comes to traditional Scottish music.

Dumbarton District Pipe band

They will join more than 100 pipe bands from all over the world at Levengrove Park in Dumbarton as they battle out to be crowned winner.

Thousands of enthusiastic residents and visitors are expected to enjoy the sights and sounds of Scottish music at the free event.

Provost Douglas McAllister said: “We had a fantastic event last year and I hope this year we can welcome back returning and new visitors.

“This event is a great show of traditional Scottish culture and shows the talent and dedication of the competitors. It’s a great day out for the whole family.”

Colin Mulhern, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, added: “Everything is running smoothly and as planned and I’m looking forward to welcoming competitors and visitors back this July.”

The annual competition brings significant financial benefit to the West Dunbartonshire economy, with visitors spending at the event and in local shops, restaurants, bars, guest houses and hotels.

There is a pay and park facility at the venue but, due to the high volume of people expected at the event, visitors are encouraged to use public transport. Dalreoch railway station and buses into Dumbarton High Street are both within easy walking distance of the park.

Free car parking is also available at the West Dunbartonshire Council offices at Church Street, G82 1QL.