Pipe Band aims to top “Worlds” on Saturday
Marianne Meadahl PAMR, (to arrange interviews) 778.782.9017; 604.209.5770; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca
The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band has spent a week performing and practicing in Scotland to gear up for tomorrow’s (Friday) qualifying round for the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships, which will takes place on Saturday morning.
Led by new pipe major Alan Bevan, the band will be pitted against 22 of the world’s best pipe bands, including four others from Canada, in its bid to become the world champion for the seventh time.
SFU is slated to play fourth in the second qualifying group and will perform the March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR) at approx. 3:30 a.m., and the Medley at 6:50 a.m. (both Vancouver time on Friday). The qualifying round will be available by live stream at www.theworlds.co.uk/watchlive.
The qualifying results will determine the times for Saturday’s final (though they will continue to play in draw order) which will also be live streamed beginning at 1 a.m. at www.bbc.co.uk/worlds. Winners are typically announced before noon (Vancouver time) on Saturday.
SFU’s Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) novice juvenile band, sporting some players as young as 10 years of age, is also in Glasgow to compete in its class, the only Canadian band of 28 entries. The junior band, which finished third when it last competed two years ago, is slated to play its qualifier on Saturday at 1:42 a.m. Vancouver time, with finals starting around 6:15 a.m.
The SFU Pipe Band finished fourth in 2013 (Northern Ireland’s Field Marshall Montgomery band is the reigning champion) and has otherwise finished in the top three 20 times, including six firsts and nine seconds.
This will be SFU’s first Worlds led by Bevan, a senior band member whose son Alistair will also be competing, for the first time, with the junior band. Former pipe major Terry Lee, who retired last fall, had led the band into the Worlds competition circle for the past 30 years.
The SFU Pipe Band won world championships in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2008 and 2009.
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