Grade 4 organizations combine to create new Grade 3 band
Two Grade 4 pipe band based in the Pacific Northwest have developed a novel agreement that will see the best of each group merge into a single new Grade 3 band, while leaving the existing Grade 4 bands intact.
The Northwest Junior Pipe Band of Seattle and the White Spot Pipe Band of British Columbia will bring together their up-and-coming pipers and drummers to cre4ate the new group, citing the “longstanding competitiveness, friendship and respect between the two bands” creating a “natural fit” with the organizations.
The intention is for the new Grade 3 band to compete starting with the 2011 season, with a continued emphasis on youth development.
According to a statement from both bands, “The short-term goal of this project is to give the senior talented pipers and drummers from both bands a chance to combine their considerable abilities for at least one season, and bring everyone’s playing experience to new levels. The long-term future will be decided by the members themselves at the end of this experimental year.”
The new band has designs on competing in the UK in the Juvenile grade. “This project is not restricted to the Northwest Junior and White Spot pipe bands,” the release continued. “Any qualified juvenile players from the Pacific Northwest are welcome, as long as there are no conflicts with their current bands.”
Kevin Auld is the Director and Instructor of the Northwest Junior band, while former Triumph Street Pipe-Major Hal Senyk is a White Spot instructor.