SFU Pipe Band Pipe Major, Terry Lee, tunes brother Jack’s bagpipes. The band is aiming for a third consecutive title this year.

Pipers streaming!

August 5, 2010

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A new documentary film chronicling the six-time world champion SFU Pipe Band’s preparations for the 2009 Worlds in Glasgow, Scotland, will air on CBC-TV (in B.C.) at 7 pm on Aug. 7—a week before this year’s championships.

BBC Scotland will stream this year’s World Pipe Band Championships live on Saturday, Aug. 14, beginning 1 am Pacific time, at

Battle of the Bagpipes: A Journey to the World Pipe Band Championship follows the band and its junior affiliate Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band, as their members get ready for the intensity of world competition.

“We wanted to tell the story of the band’s rise to the top at the Worlds” and “the sacrifices they’ve made to get there,” says film producer Jordan Paterson, of SFU’s Learning Instructional and Development Centre (LIDC).

Filmed in Scotland by SFU cameraman Thomas Buchan in the days leading up to the 2009 competition, the hour-long documentary focuses on eight pipers and drummers, illustrating how each of them embraces their craft and prepares for competition.

Band members share their reasons for playing and what it means to be part of the highly successful band, noting some in the piping community have dubbed them the Beatles of the bagpipe world.

Buchan and LIDC’s Hans Goksøyr direct the film, which is Canada’s first documentary film about bag piping.

Public Affairs and Media Relations will also be reporting from Glasgow starting Aug. 9, filing stories, photos and video for SFU News, and Canadian media, as the SFU Pipe Band vies for its third consecutive title.


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Thea Campbell

Is it possible to view the documentary online?

Susan Wyatt

Would love to see the documentary posted online. I was not able to see the broadcast.

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