The SFU Pipe Band practicing in advance of the world championships. Pictured: drummer Reid Maxwell.


SFU Pipe Band takes fifth at ‘Worlds’, pipe sergeant tops solo contest

August 14, 2017

By Marianne Meadahl

The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band landed in the top five at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland on August 12. Scottish band Inveraray & District won the event. SFU was one of a trio of bands in a close race behind second-place finisher Field Marshal Montgomery of Northern Ireland.

"This is a great result for the band—it feels great to be back in the top six,” says pipe major Alan Bevan.

The band placed seventh in 2016. A six-time championship winner, SFU has placed in the top three more than 20 times.

“We’re really happy with all four performances,” says Bevan. “It just felt like the band kept ramping it up and getting more and more confidence every time out. There’s a great feeling in the band right now—everyone is very positive and confident about the band's advancement and success."

Meanwhile the junior Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) Grade 3 band also competed in Glasgow and took sixth place among a roster of primarily Scottish youth bands.

Earlier in the week SFU Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee, from Surrey, B.C., won the Masters Solo Piping Competition. The showcase event kicks off Glasgow’s annual week-long piping and drumming festival that culminates with the world championships.

The Masters win is Lee’s second, and earns him an invitation to the prestigious Glenfiddich piping championship at Blair Castle in October. The event is reserved for the top 10 pipers in the world. Lee, with an arms-length of international solo piping awards, was the first North American piper to win at Glenfiddich, in 2003.

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