Glitzy Las Vegas competition cancelled
The Las Vegas Invitational Pipe Band Championship scheduled for April 2011 has been cancelled, according to Jeff Mann, one of the directors of the event. It is not known if the non-competition elements of the Celtic Festival will go ahead.
Rumours of the demise of the competition were prevalent over the last month, as entries to the competition by Grade 1 and Grade 2 bands were low. The organizers had offered a travel allowance of $5,000 for each Grade 1 band and $4,000 for each Grade 2 band. The events in the top two grades were to comprise a traditional medley, an MSR and a “concert” competition, with the overall winner of the three contests taking a first prize of $6,000 for Grade 1.
The group had extended the initial deadline for entry to the competition to allow more bands to hold their annual general meetings to make a collective decision. Reportedly only one Grade 1 band, Oran Mor, had confirmed its entry to the event, and only a handful of Grade 2 bands intended to go.
In a statement, Mann wrote, “It is with deep regret and sadness that I announce the cancellation of the Las Vegas Invitational Pipe Band Championship.”
He added that further comment would be forthcoming from Nevada State Senator Dennis Nolan, the Executive Director of the event.
The current recession has hit Nevada hard, and particularly Las Vegas, with unemployment in the city at around 15 per cent.