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SFU Pipe Band takes second at Worlds

August 13, 2011
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SFU Pipe Band at the World Championships  

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Marianne Meadahl or Steve Ray (in Scotland) 44-742-649-5319

(Meadahl and Ray are at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow and can also help arrange interviews on site at the numbers above)

The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band took second place at the World Pipe Band championships today in Glasgow, Scotland.

“We gave our absolute best effort on both performances and feel very satisfied with the job we did,” says Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee, after congratulating rival band Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland, which took first. Last year the band finished second over third place SFU.

Scottish band Scottish Power finished third. “Field Marshall also played two excellent sets, and the judges thought they were better. We’ve moved up from our third place finish last year. And without a doubt we’ll be back to settle this next year.”

While placing second overall, the SFU band placed second in the March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR) and fourth in the medley. “The band met its objective; we came to play our best,” added Pipe Major Terry Lee.

The band has now placed second nine times – the most "seconds" for any band, says Lee  – and six championships, including 2008 and 2009, since it began competing in 1983.

SFU President Andrew Petter, on vacation in Ireland, was in Glasgow to take in the competition and congratulated the band for its second place trophy.

The event, which drew some 50,000 spectators, took place for the most part under partly cloudy skies, despite a forecast of rain. The SFU band was fortunate to play both the MSR and the medley before a short spell of rain.

Spectator Bill Brand from Cardenden, the same village Lead Drummer Reid Maxwell hails from, was among a large crowd gathered to watch the SFU band warm up before the medley. He quipped, “You just can’t beat them, SFU. They are the best.”

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