Four pipe bands will be in the running to be named “Scottish Pipe Band of the Year” by the 2009 Scots Trad Music Awards, decided by popular online voting commencing on November 2nd.
Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, Haddington, Inveraray & District and the Strathclyde Police made the cut after nominations were considered by the Scots Trad Music Awards organizers.
ScottishPower gained the 2008 Scottish Pipe Band of the Year award, along with several other piping-related events and artists, such as Piping Live! receiving the Event of the Year designation.
The Haddington Pipe Band has received attention for its organization of successful events in 2009, while Boghall & Bathgate, Inveraray & District and the Strathclyde Police enjoyed successes in competitions, performances and community events throughout the year.
The nomination comes at a time when the future of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band is in doubt, with sources close to the band saying that it is unlikely to continue.
“This is an amazing honour for Haddington Pipe Band, said Pipe-Major David Leckie. “”To be nominated for Scottish Pipe Band of the Year when there are so many outstanding bands throughout the country is really wonderful