Once again, August saw a number of our bands and soloists cross the Atlantic to compete in the homeland of our great music.
Two of our top bands had notable success at the World Pipe Band Championships with St. Thomas Alumni placing 3rd and City of Dunedin placing 4th in the grade 2 event. These are remarkable achievements. We congratulate you and wish you continued success.
It is notable that Donald McPhee was on duty judging the grade one MSR final. Donald once served on our executive committee and is the first American born piper to judge the grade one World Championships.
And finally, a big congratulations go to Andrew Douglas, Eric Ouellette and Kegan Sheehan who have been playing with Inveraray and District for the last two seasons. The band was first in grade one. Well done!
On the solo front, results from Oban and Cowal are just in and it is great to see Nick Hudson, Ben McClamrock, Derek Midgley and Bobby Durning figuring into the prize lists.
We look forward to your continued success at the Northern Meeting and in the future.
Jimmy Bell was judging at Oban and is the first adjudicator from our association to do so at this prestigious event. For those that do not know, someone asked to judge in Scotland needs to finance his or her own travel and accommodations. Taking this on demonstrates a true devotion to our craft. Thank you, James.
These individuals and groups are role models for us. The sacrifices of time, energy and money are enormous and we thank you for representing us so well on the international stage.