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Novice crowned British Champions, Grade 1 a solid 2nd!


Saturday 25th May saw a fantastic result for the organisation in great weather conditions at the first championship of the season, the British Pipe Band Championships in Bathgate. Despite not having the opportunity to compete outdoors before this contest due to horrendous rain at the same venue only a week before, the Grade 1 band were confident that they were in great shape in the lead up to the contest. Unfortunately P/S Ross Harvey required an operation at the start of the championship week and was ultimately unable to play on the day - Ross is now on the mend and we look forward to having him back playing for the rest of the season.

Playing 13th out of 15 bands, the band drew their number 2 MSR, Brigadier General Ronald Cheape of Tiroran, Dora MacLeod and The Smith of Chilliechassie. After an excellent performance, the band were delighted to take 1st place for ensemble and pleased to finish in second place overall behind Field Marshal Montgomery, also taking a 2nd in drumming. This result represents a solid start to the season for the G1 band, who are desparate to go one better at the next championship in Forres in 4 weeks time! In addition, it was very encouraging to see another five new players graduate from our Juvenile system to make their championship debuts in G1 (pipers Aimee Craig and Matthew Keith, tenor drummer Emma Bell and snare drummers Cameron Boyle and Melissa Brown) – well done to all of them! Thanks again to “dronechorus” for his excellent quality recordings from the day:


Earlier in the day, the Novice Juvenile band had looked to continue their fine start to the season, having placed 2nd at Dunbar Highland Games and 1st at the West Lothian Highland Games. Whilst these contests had provided good preparation for the kids, they were up against a much bigger entry this week (a total of 21 bands) and also had to deal with an unfamiliar variable – the sun! Nonetheless, the kids showed great maturity for a young band and produced a confident and very musical performance. After a nervous wait for the results, the kids were delighted to be crowned British Champions. This is a fantastic result and a testament to all their hard work in recent months – well done to all of them! P/M Ali Scougall said:

“I am delighted at the progress made by the kids which is now being fully recognised by the results on competition days.  In testing conditions - one week torrential rain, the next scorching sunshine - they never once lost concentration which is a real testament to their attitudes within the band.  It’s amazing the job Tom and Amanda have done with the drum corps recently and I also have to thank David, Andrew and Gavin for their assistance on the day. Very big congratulations to the kids though for the N/J band’s first win at the British since 1987”

Nov's British 2013

Both bands will next be in action this weekend at the Bathgate procession, before the Grade 1 band turn their attention to their forthcoming Canada trip and the European Championships in Forres at the end of June!

Posted by Andrew Ray on 05/29 at 11:32 AM in Homepage

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