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SFU Pipe Band set to perform in Glasgow

August 12, 2011
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The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band is expected to perform at the World Championships in Glasgow on Saturday at about 2 p.m. Scottish time (around 6 a.m. Vancouver time). The broadcast will be streamed live by the BBC at www.bbc.co.uk/worlds.

They’ll be 10th in line to perform the March, Strathspey and Reel. A second performance featuring a five-to-seven minute medley will follow later in the day. The results are expected between 6-7 p.m. (10-11 a.m. Vancouver time).

“We’ll be playing as well as we possibly can to give ourselves a chance,” says Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee, noting that among the eight judges this year are six Irish and two Scottish judges.

Last year the top two winning bands were from Ireland, with the SFU band placing third.

After a mixed bag of weather this week it’s anyone’s guess what the conditions will be like on Saturday afternoon as the bands perform. “After 30 years, we’ve seen it all, and we’ve dealt with it all,” says Lee. “We’ll be wise about it. We’re ready.”

Even if cool and wet weather prevails, members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band will step out on Glasgow Green Saturday with warm stomachs.

Lead Drummer Reid Maxwell earlier made the trip back to Bowhill, a suburb of Cardenden, where his mother lives, to collect haggis and all the fixings for a morning breakfast for the group (story to come).

“There’s no better way to start the day, and especially one as important as this,” says Maxwell, who has won nine drumming championships over his career.

More than 230 bands, 8,000 musicians and as many as 50,000 people are expected to spend the day on Glasgow Green Saturday. The SFU band is looking for its seventh world championship, winning previously in 1995, 96, 99, 2001, 2008 and 2009.

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