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Final practice a dry run for ‘ready’ band

August 12, 2011
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Contact:
Marianne Meadahl (in Scotland) 44-742-648-7107; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca
Steve Ray (in Scotland) 44-742-649-5319; seray@sfu.ca

(Meadahl and Ray will be at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on Saturday and can help arrange interviews on site at the numbers above. The bands perform in the afternoon, times to be determined. Results are usually announced at approximately 6-7 p.m. in Scotland, that’s 10-11 a.m. Vancouver time.)

The rain subsided for the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band’s final practice before the Worlds on Friday.

While pipers started out in flats and the drummers under cover, they braved an uncertain sky to finish up together as planned in the John Fortys Court parking lot.

“The final practice is just that, we’ve spent the week tweaking what we need to and our performance (at Pipes of Peace) last night in Glasgow showed what we can do,” says Lead Drummer Reid Maxwell. “It’s a dry run. We’re ready.”

Prior to the concert members of the drum corps replaced their drumheads to ensure crispness and the best quality sound for the show and for Saturday.

Meanwhile the pipes need to stay warm and dry between now and their appearance on Glasgow Green, says Pipe Major Terry Lee, who is constantly monitoring weather conditions and is prepared with tents if rain becomes a major factor on Saturday leading up to the competition.

Saturday’s official weather forecast in Glasgow is for “white cloud” and a 40 per cent chance of rain, with light rain forecast for early afternoon – about the time the top Grade 1 bands perform. They compete in two categories, the medley, an arrangement of their choice, and the traditional March, Strathspey and Reel.

“We’ve been here at the Worlds enough times to know that you get what comes, react accordingly and give it your best, just as planned,” says Lee.

The SFU Grade 1 band, winner of six world championships, will be among 21 bands vying to reclaim the title after finishing third last year. They’ll be watching in particular the two Irish bands that placed ahead of them – reigning champions St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and second place Field Marshal Montgomery.

Meanwhile SFU President Andrew Petter, vacationing nearby in Ireland, will be in Glasgow to cheer them on. The BBC will stream the event live at www.bbc.co.uk/worlds

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