The bands in Scotland - summary of stories
The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band has shown it is still one of the top pipe bands in the world, placing third at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.
And its junior bands shone, with its Grade 3 Robert Malcolm Memorial band taking first place in the Gr. 3A category and its young Grade 4 band also placing third. The bands performed under sunny skies that drew a crowd of well over 35,000 spectators.
Being in Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships on Saturday has a dual purpose of sorts for drummers Kathryn Tawse and Tano Martone – since it’s as close to a honeymoon as they’re going to get.
Members of the Simon Fraser University Grade 1 Pipe Band have settled in at John Forty’s Court in Stirling, Scotland and spent their first few days tuning up for Saturday’s World Pipe Band Championship.
Wasting no time, the real work towards the Worlds has begun with daily courtyard practices, including a two-hour session Tuesday in a rare, blazing heat.
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Michael New would be the first to admit he stands out a little in the midst of a “youth” pipe band. At 55, the piper from Juneau, Alaska has played for the past few years with Simon Fraser University’s junior band, the Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) Gr. 3 band, alongside pipers and drummers who are mostly in their 20s.
Residents of the Scottish town of Pitlochry turned out in droves to watch Simon Fraser University’s junior pipe bands parade through its streets together with the local Vale of Atholl Pipe Band.
Cameron Ickert hails from a Scottish family and his grandfather’s cousin was a famous piper. If the nine-year-old has any say in the matter, he’s next.
And while there aren’t too many words that Ickert uses to describe his early experience in Scotland this past week, as the youngest member of Simon Fraser University’s junior Robert Malcolm Memorial Band, it’s clear why he is here.
It’s an idea that Jack Lee calls tailor-made for the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band – bags with zippers.
Using an industrial sewing machine in the basement of his Surrey home, the pipe sergeant of the six-time world champion band has sewn heavyweight zippers – like those used on scuba-divers’ wetsuits - into his pipers’ sheep and goat-skinned bags, all in the name of keeping them dry and sounding sweet.
Two Langley brothers have more to look forward to than a chance to be World Champions next weekend with the Simon Fraser University junior Robert Malcolm Memorial Band.
Members of the Simon Fraser University pipe band’s junior contingent – the Robert Malcolm Memorial band (RMM) – were tuning up their instruments within hours of landing in Scotland to prepare for the Aug. 11 World Pipe Band championships.
Among them is Rose MacKenzie from Orange County, California a tenor drummer with the RMM Grade 3 band who has been to the Worlds twice before with the Pasadena Scots.
Riding high with its new CD release and ending its competitive regular season with a win at the Pacific Northwest Highland Games in Enumclaw, Wash., the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band now sets its sights on the Aug. 11 World Pipe Band Championships.
The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band will be joined by two of its youth pipe bands at the World Championships in Glasgow on Aug. 11 – a first for one young band and the first appearance in three years – and in a new category - for the other.
More than 60 young musicians from the Grade 3 and 4 junior Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) band are preparing to compete along with the 44-member Grade 1 band at the Worlds. The elite band, which finished second in 2011, is looking to claim its seventh championship.