ACPBA approves Fredericton Grade 2 application
Only two full days after the Grade 1 Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band (FSSAPB) voted as a band to submit a formal request to the Grading Committee of the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association (ACPBA), the band has officially been moved the Grade 2.
“The [Association] has reviewed the formal grading request submitted by the Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band . . . at our scheduled executive meeting today,” said ACPBA President Scott Long. “The ACPBA Executive/Grading Committee believes and holds that it is in the best interest of our entire membership to relegate the FSSAPB Grade 1 to Grade 2 until further notice from the ACPBA.”
FSSAPB competed in Grade 1 in 2007 after being upgraded following the 2006 season in which it won, among other prizes, the Grade 2 event at the North American Championships. Citing personnel changes following the 2007 season, including the appointment of Gord Perry as pipe-major and Justin Gallant as leading-drummer, the band elected to seek a downgrade at a meeting on January 9, 2008.Long added: “The ACPBA recognizes the FSSAPB and their entire organization as a key stakeholder and asset to our member based organization. Their efforts in furthering our art form with integrity are greatly appreciated. The ACPBA wishes all our members the best of luck in the upcoming 2008 season.”
FSSAPB finished fourth overall in a five-band Grade 1 contest at the 2007 North American Pipe Band Championships.
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