On first attempt in Grade 2, Burnett’s & Struth blocked out

Published: June 30, 2010
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The band’s late application to be upgraded to Grade 2 has resulted in part in the Burnett’s & Struth Pipe Band of Ontario being blocked out of the June 12th Georgetown Highland Games, a victim of their own success.

Because the band waited until hearing official word from its home association, the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, that its upgrade application had been approved, it has resulted in the group not being one of the competing bands whose entry is accepted on a first-come, first-served system.

 
A number of years ago the Georgetown event decided to put a cap on its pipe band entry, in part to conserve costs, but also to ensure that, with limited space at its venue, it can get in all of the events of the day. There are 35 bands entered for Georgetown across the five competition grades offered, but only two entered in Grade 2.

“We offered to perform in massed bands without travelling expenses but  . . . the answer from the Georgetown organizers  was still no,” said band member Mike Connolly.  “The result of this  error made by me  has a few band members concerned, but what concerns me is the lack of flexibility for a local group (albeit under  a different name) that has always supported this games  over the years when others didn’t.  It also does not bode well for the already fragile state of Grade 2 in Ontario.

There are three Grade 2 bands in Ontario, two of which, including Burnett’s & Struth, were promoted in the off-season. The other is the Penetangore Pipe Band, which is entered to compete at Georgetown along with the Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band from New Brunswick.

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  1. masonsapron

    Wow, I can’t remember a games where the grade one contest had twice the number of bands competing than in grade 2 ! Perhaps they should reserve spots to cover all 3 prize winning spots in order to help ensure a good conest in each grade ?

  2. StillGame

    Why did they not enter both Grades 2 and 3 before the deadlines and then withdraw from one of the Grades at a later date ???? It’s too late now to squawk and then also to complain about the games organisers. Not a good thing to do for their band’s P.R.

  3. Bagpipermann

    Odd that the games committee would offer the prize money and yet not be prepared to pay it out…

  4. hood

    C’mon, Georgetown,let them play! I’m in one of those grade 2 bands they would be playing against, & we have way too few opportunities to compete in this grade as it is…R. Whitty,Cape Breton,N.S.

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