The Grade 2 Burnett’s & Struth Pipe Band will in fact be allowed to compete at the June 12th Georgetown Highland Games in Georgetown, Ontario, after a three-way “misunderstanding” about total band entries was brought to light by the June 5th pipes|drums news story.
While the band had seemingly been informed that the total band entry to the Georgetown games was restricted to 30 – a point that spelled out on the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario’s Band Master Entry Form – the policy was quickly clarified by the event organizers after reading the news story. The organizers said that there is in fact no cap on entries, except for the Grade 5 category. Nine bands are entered in Grade 5, and it is not yet clear what the maximum entry number in the grade is.
Following the clarification, the Burnett’s & Struth entry has been accepted by the PPBSO and the band plans to compete on June 12th, making its first foray into Grade 2 competition. The band will be eligible for all prize-money and travel-allowance.
PPBSO President Charlie MacDonald said, “I can confirm that Burnett’s & Struth are entered in Grade 2 for the Georgetown Highland Games on Saturday. PPBSO officials were in contact with the band manager and all matters have been resolved. The PPBSO website shows their entry and time of play. We are looking forward to an enjoyable day on Saturday.”
“The sole charter and mission of the Georgetown games event, its committee and volunteers is to provide a venue for, and promotion of, all things Scottish heritage and culture related,” said David Ketcheson of the Georgetown Highland Games. “We welcome, and encourage all bands, performers and affiliated groups to our games, including the Burnett & Struth Grade 2 band.”
“There may have been a misunderstanding about the band cap issue from the beginning and it is now resolved,” said Mike Connolly of Burnett’s Struth. “Apologies go out to anyone from the Georgetown games or PPBSO who felt slighted by my comments regarding this situation. It’s a challenge trying to hold together a new band in a new grade comprised of a group of long distance players. Thanks to pipes|drums for helping to bring this issue to light.”
Three Grade 2 bands are now entered for Georgetown. According to the PPBSO’s website, Burnett’s & Struth have been drawn first to compete at 2:55 pm. Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results as they are announced.