RSPBA authorizes Grade 1 Oran Mor to compete in Grade 1
After forcing them to compete in Grade 2 in 2008, the RSPBA has approved the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band of Albany, New York, to compete in Grade 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships and other competitions in the United Kingdom in 2009.
Oran Mor Pipe-Major Andrew Douglas said that he received the confirmation from RSPBA headquarters last week.
After a successful 2007 season, including another high placing at the World Pipe Band Championships, Oran Mor was upgraded by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, its home organization, but upon entering in Grade 1 for the 2008 World Championships the band was informed that it would have to play in Grade 2.
It placed fourth in Grade 2 at the 2008 World’s.
The band enjoyed success in North America in Grade 1 over the last year, including a first-prize over the LA Scots, an established Grade 1 band, at the Queen Mary Festival in California in February of this year.