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Rainy welcome for pipe band – “that’s Scotland”

August 07, 2011
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Contact:
Jack Lee (in Scotland): 07-98-213-3152;
Marianne Meadahl (in Scotland): 44-742-648-7107; Marianne_Meadahl@sfu.ca
Steve Ray (in Scotland): 44-742-649-5319; seray@sfu.ca

For stories, photo and videos featuring the band during the next week see a summary of all stories.

Soggy skies greeted members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band making their way to Stirling, Scotland for a week of practice leading up to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on Aug. 13.

Some unpacked, slept briefly, then headed to watch the weekend’s Bridge of Allan Highland Games. Pipers like Will Nichols – still sleep-deprived from an earlier three-week stint to Tanzania, Africa – spent the afternoon helping to tune up some of those participating in the town’s 160th annual event.

“It’s always great to start off our week watching the Bridge of Allan competitions, even in the rain – that’s Scotland,” says Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee. “Some of our band members have friends who are competing and it’s usually great fun. If nothing else it’s a relaxed atmosphere for us and after long travels, helps to get us in the right frame of mind.”

Bridge of Allan, a Victorian spa town, lies about four kilometres north of Stirling.

The band will hold its first practice session once all members arrive early Monday evening, while pipers and drummers set up individual sessions through the afternoon. Practices from then on run daily, sometimes twice a day, up until the Worlds.

“We played well last year, finishing third, and we’ve had a great spring and summer run, so our focus will be on keeping up the momentum,” says Lee, who, along with piper Alan Bevan, will perform at recitals Monday and Tuesday respectively in Glasgow, as part of the city’s week long Piping Live event.

Piper Andrew Bonar will join in a piping challenge with the University of Strathsclyde later in the week – also part of Piping Live. The band is gearing up to perform at Glasgow’s Pipes of Peace concert Thursday night. Also playing will be 2010 world champions St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and other musicians.

This year’s Worlds features 230 bands, including 21 Grade 1 bands – four from Canada - 8,000 musicians and an anticipated 40,000 spectators at Glasgow Green.

A pair of Irish bands will no doubt feature highly on SFU’s radar – the reigning champion O’Toole band and long time rivals Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, which took second last year over SFU.

Soggy skies greeted members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band making their way to Stirling, Scotland for a week of practice leading up to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on Aug. 13.

Some unpacked, slept briefly, then headed to watch the weekend’s Bridge of Allan Highland Games. Pipers like Will Nichols – still sleep-deprived from an earlier three-week stint to Tanzania, Africa – spent the afternoon helping to tune up some of those participating in the town’s 160th annual event.

“It’s always great to start off our week watching the Bridge of Allan competitions, even in the rain – that’s Scotland,” says Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee. “Some of our band members have friends who are competing and it’s usually great fun. If nothing else it’s a relaxed atmosphere for us and after long travels, helps to get us in the right frame of mind.”

Bridge of Allan, a Victorian spa town, lies about four kilometers north of Stirling.

The band will hold its first practice session once all members arrive early Monday evening, while pipers and drummers set up individual sessions through the afternoon. Practices from then on run daily, sometimes twice a day, up until the Worlds.

“We played well last year, finishing third, and we’ve had a great spring and summer run, so our focus will be on keeping up the momentum,” says Lee, who, along with piper Alan Bevan, will perform at recitals Monday and Tuesday respectively in Glasgow, as part of the city’s week long Piping Live event.

Piper Andrew Bonar will join in a piping challenge with the University of Strathsclyde later in the week – also part of Piping Live. The band is gearing up to perform at Glasgow’s Pipes of Peace concert Thursday night. Also playing will be 2010 world champions St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band and other musicians.

This year’s Worlds features 230 bands, including 21 Grade 1 bands – four from Canada - 8,000 musicians and an anticipated 40,000 spectators at Glasgow Green.

A pair of Irish bands will no doubt feature highly on SFU’s radar – the reigning champion O’Toole band and long time rivals Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, which took second last year over SFU.

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