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Media advisory: Clear skies lead pipe band to Burnaby Mountain

July 28, 2011
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Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 604.209.5770; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca

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Today’s summer skies means conditions are right for members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band to practice in the open air on Burnaby Mountain, near Horizon’s Restaurant, tonight at 7 p.m.

They’re preparing for the World Bagpipe Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Aug. 13. They leave late next week.

The band has been practicing inside at SFU because of the cool and unpredictable weather. Their outdoor stint on Burnaby Mountain has been a practice tradition for the past 30 years – as long as they’ve been officially known as the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.

Tonight’s informal practice will feature most of the 46 pipers and drummers, who practice separately and then join pipes and drums together as locals and tourists gather around to watch.

The band leaves tomorrow for a competition at Enumclaw, near Seattle. They’ll return to practice early next week in the idyllic Surrey backyard of Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee, who hopes to lead the band to its seventh world title this year.

The band took third place last year after two years in a row as the world’s number one band.

Note: New addition Robert Mathieson, who came out of retirement as pipe major with Scotland’s House of Edgar Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band to play with the SFU band this year, will not be at practice as earlier expected. He will join the band for the weekend competition.

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