Oliver McIlwaine, is one of our Year 10 pupils who has a passion for music and drumming. He took part in the All-Ireland Solo Championships in Lisnagarvey High School on Saturday 19th February, competing in the Under 14 Tenor drumming category. We are delighted to say that Oliver won his grade! Oliver has been drumming since the age of 4 with Major Sinclair Memorial Pipe Band and this is Oliver’s 10th year drumming. Oliver has travelled far and near with his drumming, taking part in the Avenche’s Tattoo in Switzerland and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France. Oliver also played for King Charles and the Queen Consort in Co. Wicklow, as well as playing for Harry and Meghan in the Ecos Centre in Ballymena. Oliver has played on some of the biggest stages such as the SSE Arena in Belfast, Stade du Moustior in Lorient, The RDS Arena in Dublin, The Titanic Staircase in Belfast and The Waterfront Hall. Oliver has also played alongside some great musicians such as Phil Cunningham in the cross-border orchestra.