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Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2012

The 2012 season got fully underway with the first major championship of the year, The Scottish Championships held at Levengrove Park in Dumbarton. Despite a week of miserable weather, the weather on the day was dry and the temperature even managed to sneak into double figures by the afternoon.

The Novice Juvenile band were first to play, competing in a large grade of 19 bands. The band produced a good performance and with many players competing at their first major championship there were many positives to be taken from their playing. Unfortunately the band narrowly missed out on a place in the top six, with one placing of 16th contributing to about half their total points and heavily denting their hopes of a prize. Nonetheless, the drum corps maintained their run of good placings, finishing in 4th overall. Well done to Alvis and the troops and here’s hoping for a step up the prize list at Annan in June!

The Juveniles were next to play, competing first out of eight bands in the Juvenile Grade. This was the largest entry in the Juvenile Grade for some time and it was encouraging to see such a high standard of contest from all the bands involved. Our youngsters put in a good showing which was a significant improvement on the performance at Dunbar the week before, but ultimately was only enough for 3rd place. Well done to P/M Iain Simpson and George Watson’s College for taking the first Juvenile title of the year.

Finally, the Grade 1 band made their first competitive appearance of the year, playing third out of sixteen bands in the Grade 1 Medley event. The band was very pleased with it’s performance of the updated Number 1 Medley, “Campbell’s Tartan Army,” but were very disappointed to finish up in 6th place overall. The grade was undoubtedly of a high standard, but nonetheless we will be looking to improve significantly on that result at the British Championships in June. Well done to Shotts and Dykehead for taking the drumming title and to Field Marshall Montgomery for continuing their winning run at the major championships.

All three bands will now look forward to a week of hard practice and will be looking to improve on their performances at the West Lothian Highland Games this Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Posted by Robbert van Gorp on 05/21 at 10:53 AM in HomepageNews


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