Robbie MacIsaac, a fourth form pupil at Strathallan School, one of Scotland’s top independent schools, closed the main stage at T in the Park on Sunday 10th June. Robbie and twenty-four other members of the Strathallan pipe band opened the festival each day and successfully lifted the spirits of the many festival-goers before Robbie was chosen to perform a solo after the headline act, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, on the Sunday evening.
The pipe band was invited to play by festival organizer Geoff Ellis for the second year running and all the pupils were very excited to be there. Craig Muirhead, Piping Instructor at Strathallan and member of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and ScottishPower Pipe Band, commented:
“The opportunity to play at T in the Park has had a very positive impact on piping at Strathallan and more pupils have started to learn the pipes and drums as a result. We would like to thank Geoff Ellis for inviting us to play and for giving the band such an amazing experience.”
Robbie, who is from Falkirk, has just finished his first year at Strathallan and has been a great asset to the pipe band. He has also competed in many solo competitions, coming second at the Senior Scottish Schools Championships and winning the National Piping Centre Championships. Robbie follows in the footsteps of former Strathallan pupil Harry Richards who closed the main stage at the festival in 2015 and came back this year to support his successor. Robbie played the ever popular Flower of Scotland which had the crowd enthusiastically singing along.
When asked why Robbie was chosen to close the main stage, Mr Muirhead commented:
“Robbie has worked hard as a member of the pipe band and has consistently played at a high level. He has won national competitions and is also very popular within the band itself. I knew that he would do a great job on stage.”
Mr Muirhead hopes that the band will be able to play at the festival again next year and is also looking into the possibility of playing at other events. Mr Muirhead and all the pipe band members would like to thank Sodexo for providing food over the weekend and Morris Leslie Vehicle Auctions who provided polo shirts for the band to wear as well as Geoff Ellis and DF Concerts for the opportunity to play.