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SFU Pipe Band, World Championships, Scotland, 2011

August 14, 2011
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Sunday, August 14
“Haggis run” brings drum leader home

Warm instruments, a good night sleep and hearty breakfast have become the recipe that Lead Drummer Reid Maxwell turns to when rallying the troupes to a win at the Worlds.

For the past 17 years he has served up a haggis breakfast on the day of the Worlds to keep stomachs warm and give his musicians a good start.

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Reid Maxwell  

Saturday, August 13th
SFU Pipe Band takes second at Worlds

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.

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SFU Pipe Band at the World Championships  

Saturday, August 13th
Band completes first performance in Scotland


The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band “easily gave our best performance of the year” on Glasgow Green this afternoon at the World Pipe Band Championships, says Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee.

“It was exactly what we wanted. I’m feeling incredibly good about our performance and our chances,” says Lee. “But we must give two excellent performances and right now that’s our goal.”

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MSR At the Worlds


Friday, August 12th
Final practice a dry run for ‘ready’ band

The rain subsided for the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band’s final practice before the Worlds on Friday. While pipers started out in flats and the drummers under cover, they braved an uncertain sky to finish up together as planned in the John Fortys Court parking lot.

“The final practice is just that, we’ve spent the week tweaking what we need to and our performance (at Pipes of Peace) last night in Glasgow showed what we can do,” says Lead Drummer Reid Maxwell. “It’s a dry run. We’re ready.”

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Thursday, August 11th
Pipe Band wows at Pipes of Peace concert

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.

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SFU Pipe Band -  Pipes of Peace Concert  

Thursday, August 11th
Gifted piper’s support lives on

The trip to Scotland to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships this Saturday felt a little longer for one of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band’s most stalwart pipers.

In May, Milloy’s wife Darleen, a former member of the SFU band and a solo champion piper, passed away after a 20-year battle with muscular sclerosis (MS). Her support – and memory – lives on as he readies for his 23rd Worlds.

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Derek Milloy


Thursday, August 11th
“Confidence, confidence – push for it”

With only days remaining until the Worlds, members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band are well practiced and mentally preparing for Saturday’s competition – both rookies and veterans.

Pipe Major Terry Lee encouraged them to stay focused on their individual and group strength. “Confidence, confidence – continue to push for it,” he told them.

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Katelyn Garrity


Wednesday, August 10th
Reaching for the top – 30 years later

They’ve made their mark on the world stage and taken Simon Fraser University to places it might never have gone.

Hitting its 30th anniversary this year, the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band is looking for further success with its band of experience and youth.

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Jack and Terry Lee  

Wednesday, August 10th
“Pitch perfect” weather shines on practice

A second sunny day gave the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band a running start to its practice schedule this week in Stirling, Scotland, leading up to Saturday’s Worlds.

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Scotland 2011 - Practice Day 2  

Tuesday, August 9th
Countdown to the Worlds begins
The familiar skirl of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band pipes and drums rang out across the grounds of John Fortys Court in Stirling, Scotland late Monday as members settled in for some serious practice.

“It’s always a good feeling to get things started here, it gives everyone a sense of comfort and into the mindset of why we are here,” says Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee.

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SFU Pipe band first practice
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Tuesday August 9th
Celtic “Kiwi” joins the band

There’s no mistaking the wee bit o’ Scottish drawl among a handful of imports in the circle of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band pipers and drummers.

Then there’s the “Kiwi” in the crowd. Tenor drummer Nicola Purvis from New Zealand is among new recruits to the band this year competing at Glasgow later this week.

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Nicola Purvis


Tuesday, August 9th
Alaskan piper thrives under mentor’s wing
As a six-year-old Will Nichols was instantly turned on to the bagpipes after watching a family holiday video from Scotland. But growing up in Alaska, he soon found himself one of only a handful of kids piping – and teachers were few.

Things changed after a fateful meeting at a piping workshop in Seabrook, Washington with Jack Lee, the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band’s pipe sergeant, who saw potential in the young musician – now one of the rising stars of SFU’s Grade 1 band.

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Sunday, August 7th
Bagpipe making melds tradition with technology

Bagpipe making is an evolving art – and one that is increasingly becoming modernized with such techniques as high tech design. The McCallum Bagpipes factory in Kilmarnock is one of the first to take the high tech road. The company’s Kenny McLeod, long-time friend of SFU Pipe Band pipe sergeant Jack Lee, explains how it’s done.

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Makeing Modern Bagpipes
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Sunday, August 7th
The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band began arriving in Stirling, Scotland over the weekend to be greeted by soggy skies – as Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee says, “that’s Scotland.” Rain or shine, they’re ready to begin practice.

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