Published: May 31, 2004

Eighteen Grade 1 bands entered for Scottish Championship

The first Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association major championship – the Scottish – will take place this Saturday, May 22, at Dumbarton, Scotland.

A solid entry of 18 bands is scheduled to compete in the Grade 1 contest, and, for many of them, including reigning World Champions House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead, the Scottish will be their debut contest of 2004.

For the first time in recent memory, there are more bands entered in Grade 1 than in Grade 2, with only 17 vying for prizes in the penultimate grade.

The Scottish Championships will help to answer questions raised over the winter:

  • How will Clan Gregor do as a Grade 1 band?
  • Will Field Marshal Montgomery continue at the same high standard with interim Pipe-Major Alistair Dunn?
  • Will House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead again dominate Grade 1 drumming?
  • Will the new Glasgow Pipes & Drums be the realistic contender it’s expected to be?
  • How will David Urquhart Travel do with new Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong in charge of its revamped pipe and drums sections?
  • Was Boghall & Bathgate’s fourth-place finish at Dunbar just an anomaly?
  • How will House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead use its tenor drums?
  • Will Drambuie-Kirkliston contend in Grade 2 under new Pipe-Major Ian Duncan?

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