Ballycoan bails on Lomond & Clyde contest; no replacement band added
With less than two weeks to go before the 10th anniversary Lomond & Clyde Invitational Indoor Pipe Band Competition, one of the eight confirmed competitors, Ballycoan, has withdrawn from the event, leaving the organizers in a bind, unable to secure a replacement band.
According to the organizers, the Northern Ireland-based Ballycoan withdrew because the band’s lead-drummer found that he was unable to make the competition.
“We feel deeply let down by the timing of this notice,” said Lomond & Clyde chairman Fraser Sergeant. “As there is less than two weeks until the event and with such little time left we are unable to replace Ballycoan with another Grade 1 band.”
The withdrawal of Ballycoan is the second to hit the event, which is offering a first-prize of £2,500 to the winner – 150 per cent more than the first-prize offered in Grade 1 at the 2009 World Pipe Band Championship. In early February, Boghall & Bathgate pulled out of the event and was replaced by Torphichen & Bathgate.
Bands still scheduled to compete at the March 20th competition are Cullybackey, Fife Constabulary, House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead, Inveraray & District, Robert Wiseman Dairies-Vale of Atholl, the Tayside Police and Torphichen.
“We feel this announcement will disappoint not only our band, but also those who have purchased tickets expecting to see eight Grade 1 bands,” Sergeant added.
The event is one of few indoor competitions to be held in the UK for full pipe bands. Pipe band competitions are closely governed by the RSPBA, which purportedly has jurisdiction over any pipe band contest held in Great Britain.