On Friday 28th June, blessed with a gorgeous afternoon's weather, we hosted a fabulous St. Martin's Sports Day. However, before the students took to the track and the competitions commenced, we were delighted to award Bryan Robinson, our wonderful Pipe Major for the Ampleforth College Highland Pipe Band, the prestigious Lord Lieutenant's Award. 

Dr. Pomroy delivered a moving speech, in recognition of Bryan's achievements with and dedication to the Pipe Band. The speech read as follows: 

Pipe Major Robinson has been working at Ampleforth College for 23 years.  During this time he has been the sole adult volunteer responsible for the support, coordination and musical development of over 300 young pipers and drummers at St Martin’s and Ampleforth College.  That he has done so without seeking any form of individual recognition or reward is testament to the sort of man he is.  Calm, caring and creative, he has impressed, without exception, all those who have worked alongside him in his current role, as well as the wider elements of the Ampleforth and piping communities throughout the North of England and in Scotland.

During his tenure as the master in charge of the band, he has created a unique bond between the experienced and the up and coming musicians, creating conditions where the cadets feel valued and part of a close knit team.  He has a remakable talent at being able to differentiate musical abilities whilst empowering the lead pipers and drummers and ensuring the other members of the band feel they can perform with pride and gusto.  Bryan has gone out of his way to ensure the Band have been able to support numerous high profile events over the years ranging from OTC and Cadet Dinner Nights to Remembrance Services in city centre parades.  They also participate annually in the RSPBA Solo Piping, Drumming, Trio and Mini Band competitions.  Arguably the highlight for the band was when they piped Pope Benedict XVI down Princes Street in Edinburgh on 16th September 2010.  They also took centre stage at the Combined Cadet Force Association annual dinner in London in December 2018 where the qualities of the band’s music was commented on at the highest echelons of the Armed Forces.    

Fired with a determination to attain the very best results for the students in his band, Pipe Major Robinson has shown great fortitude in achieving the very highest standards in every aspect of his work.  Professionally competent and proactive, he has orchestrated the Band’s day to day business with composure and panache.  He regularly goes beyond the remit of his job requirements to coach and help students, leaving him to complete other non-personnel related aspects of his job late into the night as a result.  He has cemented a truly excellent working relationship with staff, parents and students as well as other members of the community.  His burgeoning work rate combined with his stoic determination, combine to make him a totally effective leader and administrator for what is such an important part of Ampleforth’s way of life.

Through his well developed inter personal skills and his fired up enthusiasm, he epitomizes the spirit and charitable ethos of the Ampleforth community for which he deserves recognition.  We are therefore delighted to be able to announce that after careful consideration and scrutiny of numerous applications, Pipe Major Robinson has been awarded a Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire’s certificate for meritorious service.  The award will be formally presented at a ceremony to be held in York in October this year, but in the meantime please join us in congratulating Pipe Major Robinson for this outstanding achievement. 

If you would like to learn more about our fabulous Pipe Band here at Ampleforth College, why not join us for our Open Morning on Saturday 28th September?  Please click here to book your place. We hope to see you soon.