2013 World’s set for Aug 17-18
More than 40,000 people were said to have attended the 2012 World Pipe Band Championships, and with 11 months to go before the revamped two-day 2013 World’s, the RSPBA has revealed that the event will be on August 17 and 18.
pipes|drums had been contacted by bands all over the world trying to plan their trip to Glasgow, only to be told by the RSPBA to wait and see. Most non-Scottish bands would have reserved accommodation by this point, and many pipers and drummers will have earmarked vacation dates.
With the event moving to a two-day format, more Canadian, US and Australasian bands are expected to make the trip, especially those in the higher grades since the RSPBA has hinted that all bands will have to qualify on the day, doing away with the pre-qualification system that has been used for the last 12 years.
For the first time in recent memory, no Australian or New Zealand Grade 1 bands competed at the 2012 World Championships, with speculation that they elected to save for 2013 and the opportunity to compete head-to-head with bands that would previously have pre-qualified.
The actual format and playing requirements for the two-day event have not been revealed. As with travel arrangements, bands at this stage would have already started the process of planning musical content. The Grade 1 World Championship in the past has called for an “own-choice” medley, and jurisdictions like the British Columbia Pipers Association’s rules call for bands in that grade to submit only one medley when both events are offered.
“It’s frustrating really, and you would think that the . . . format for such an important event would be confirmed by now,” said the pipe-major of one non-UK Grade 1 pipe band who commented on condition of anonymity. “After the publicity regarding the new format at this year’s World’s it’s now turned into a bit of a mystery.”
With at least the potential of competing on both days, bands must decide whether or not to book travel,
accommodation and personal vacation time to include the Sunday and Monday.
The North American Pipe Band Championships at Maxville consciously has tried to reflect the World’s requirement, with a format of submit two MSRs and a medley-of-choice for respective Grade 1 events.