July 31, 2000

Draw for World Pipe Band Championships Made

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association has finalized the order of play for the World Pipe Band Championships on August 12, 2000, in Glasgow, Scotland.

A total of 21 Grade 1 bands will compete for the title, with seven having pre-qualified either through merit of last year’s World Championship or through the new League Table system implemented on a trial basis for the first time this year.

The seven pre-qualified bands are:

Boghall & Bathgate (3rd at British, 5th at European)
Field Marshal Montgomery (4th at British, 1st at European)
McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl (7th at European, 7th at British)
ScottishPower (6th at British, 2nd at European)
Simon Fraser University (1999 World Champion)
Shotts & Dykehead (1st at British, 3rd at European)
Strathclyde Police (2nd at British, 4th at European)

Bands competing in the March, Strathspey & Reel qualifying round, in their order of play:

1. McNeilstown (N. Ireland), 2. Hydro Electric Buchan, 3. 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada), 4. St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland), 5. Los Angeles Scots (United States), 6. Glasgow Skye, 7. Toronto Police (Canada), 8. David Urquhart Travel, 9. Halifax Police (Canada), 10. Royal Ulster Constabulary (N. Ireland), 11. Dysart & Dundonald, 12. Peel Regional Police (Canada), 13. Alberta Caledonia (Canada), 14. City of Wellington (New Zealand).

Five bands from the qualifying round will go through to the final round, where the 12 bands will compete in medley and MSR sections.

In past years, bands vied for six open spots in the final after the top six bands from the previous year’s World’s pre-qualified.

A record number of 231 bands are entered to compete at the 2000 World Pipe Band Championships.


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