Pipe Band wows at Pipes of Peace concert
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The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band charged up the crowd at the Scotland Entertainment and Cultural Centre in Glasgow with a polished performance Thursday.
The band was among headliners at the eighth annual Pipes of Peace concert, part of the city’s week of Piping Live events.
Band members were among a host of musicians that included reigning world champions Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band from Ireland, Lomand and Clyde Pipe Band, solo piper Bob Worrall and the Celtic Rock Band, Celtic Spirit.
The band arrived early in the day and helped put up the risers and ready things for their sound check in the 2,800-seat theatre. A crowd of about 1,500 attended.
Pipers of the performing bands entered the theatre side-by-side and marched up the aisles as drummers shared the stage. The SFU band did five sets, including Beaches of Harris and the medley they will play at the Worlds. A group of younger SFU pipers, dubbed “the Young Guns,” belted out a Gaelic Tir Na N’og and drew a thunderous applause.
“We love doing concerts and getting our sound out there among the crowds,” says Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee. “We’re sounding strong right now and the plan is to carry that into the Worlds on Saturday.”
Teaming up for concerts with other bands is becoming something of a tradition. Last summer they made a pit stop in Ireland en route to Scotland for a friendly concert with Field Marshal Montgomery.
“It’s great to get together with some of the other bands out there including the friendly rivalries. On nights like this, it’s all about the music.”
The band spent the day in Glasgow and will complete its week of practice on Friday back in Stirling.