On Sunday the Bracknell Bees will be delighted to welcome Iona Scotson (nee MacDonald) to their game against the Sheffield Steeldogs.
As part of the match, in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund, Iona will be performing the National Anthem, and some other tunes, pre-game.
Iona started to learn the chanter at the age of three and a half (not that she had much choice as her Dad taught her!). Since then, she has pursued her passion for music, attaining Grade 8 in both piano and violin, and now currently teaches the bagpipes in schools in the south of England; she also teaches piano and violin privately. She has had the honour of playing in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with 19 Regt RA Pipe Band and also as far afield as the Nanchang Tattoo in China. In addition to the teaching, Iona is the Pipe Major of the Southern Jacobites Pipe Band whom have played alongside The Chieftains when they were on tour in Bristol. As her talent doesn’t stop there, Iona leads the Black Grouse Ceilidh Band where you will see her perform on the accordion, tin whistle, fiddle, clarinet and recorder. Iona is currently based in Pirbright where her husband is currently stationed.
We wish to thank Iona for being part of the special Army Benvelont Fund evening at The Hive.
The Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) is one of the Bees chosen charities and for this game the team will again be wearing Special Edition ABF shirts with a collection being made throughout the game to go to the ABF. Soldiers from Sword Company Army Training Centre Pirbright will be doing the collection on behalf of the fantastic cause, please give generously.