EUSPBA promotes Oran Mor to Grade 1
The Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) has announced its regradings for the 2008 season and, along with five other bands in the lower grades moving up, the Oran Mor Pipe Band of Albany, New York, has been upgraded to Grade 1, making it the third active band in the United States to reach the premier grade.
The band enjoyed a strong 2007 season in Grade 2, with the highlight being its August trip to Scotland where it won the Grade 2 event at the Bridge of Allen games against 10 other Grade 2 bands and two bands in Grade 3 and Juvenile that played up on the day.
At the World Pipe Band Championships, Oran Mor finished first in its Grade 2 qualifying section, but then finished out of the prize list in the Final, finishing seventh overall, suffering from two tenth-place rankings from Iain MacLellan in piping and Bob Shepherd in ensemble.
The other US-based Grade 1 bands are City of Washington and the Los Angeles Scots. The Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco is technically still Grade 1, but was not able to field a competition band last season.
Oran Mor reportedly applied to the EUSPBA to be moved to Grade 1. The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association upgraded only one band, Cullybackey of Northern Ireland, from Grade 2 after the band won the Grade 2 event at the World’s in 2007. Seven Towers, also of Ulster, won the RSPBA’s Champion of Champions title in Grade 2 for most points over the five RSPBA championships, but was not upgraded.
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