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SFU Band ready to take on Worlds (schedule)

August 16, 2013

Rob MacNeil, band manager (in Scotland): 011-44-746-292-7242
Jack Lee, pipe sergeant (in Scotland): 011-44-798-213-3152;
Marianne Meadahl, 604.209.5770 (cell, in Vancouver);

(Note: Scotland time is 8 hours ahead of Vancouver)

File photos (2012):

(photos of 2013 competition to be posted and available Sunday)


The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band is ready for two days of competition this weekend in Glasgow, Scotland in a bid to win its 7th World Pipe Band championship - and hoping the weather won’t be a factor.

Friday marks a low key final day of practice for the band’s 50 members, who follow a rigorous and secluded practice ritual in the week leading up to the Worlds from nearby Stirling. It’s a critical day to weigh the best approaches to the wide range of weather conditions characteristic of Scotland.

“The early part of the week has gone well,” says SFU Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee. “Weather is always a wildcard over here.  We did a lot of work early in the week to reset the pipes for the Scottish weather.

“It is getting cooler each day and the rain has now begun.  All the bands are striving to keep their bagpipes as dry as possible by playing briefly and efficiently in the elements.”

While the band sports a number of new young faces this year, the competition is the 30th led by Lee’s brother Terry, pipe major.

The competitions will be streamed live Saturday and Sunday by the BBC.

On Saturday, Aug. 17 the band first performs a March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR) at 11 a.m. (that’s 3 a.m. Vancouver time) followed by a Medley at 2:10 pm (or 6:10 a.m. Vancouver time).

On Sunday, Aug. 18 the band performs the MSR at 12:30 pm (that’s 4:30 am Vancouver time) and the Medley at 3pm (or 7 am in Vancouver).

The announcement of the winners follows a final march and massed band, between 7 and 8 pm (or 11 – 12 noon Vancouver time).

There are 23 elite Grade 1 bands taking part in the 2013 competition, six are from Canada. In all, 225 bands from around the world are participating.

SFU finished third last year, second in 2011 and third in 2010, following a pair of championship wins in 2009 and 2008. The band has placed in the top three 20 times.

The band’s week in Scotland got off to a fine start with Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee winning the Masters Solo competition on Monday, earning him a spot at the elite Glenfiddich competition in October (which he also won a decade ago). Several SFU band members, including Lee, are featured in a new book unveiled during Glasgow’s Piping Live week-long event, celebrating its 10th anniversary and culminating with the Worlds. The book is called Our Journey.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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