March 31, 2007

Lord Edward’s Own Narraghmore looks to return to Grade 2 competition

The Lord Edward’s Own Narraghmore Pipe Band of County Kildare, Ireland, is planning to end its two-year hiatus from competition with a return to Grade 2 in the 2007 season. The band has launched an assertive new teaching program for pipers and drummers of all abilities.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2006, Lord Edward’s Own Narraghmore has already mapped out an ambitious schedule for 2007, including a “town twinning” trip to France, the Europeade European Folk Arts Festival in Horsens, Denmark, and the Lowender Peran Interceltic Festival in Perranporth, England. The band will also perform at local and national events and competitions in Ireland and abroad.

The last season that the band competed was 2004 when it played in five contests, including the World and European championships in which it finished in the bottom sector of Grade 2.

In a memorable event, the band was announced the winner of the Grade 3A event at the 2002 World Pipe Band Championships, only to have its trophy taken away an hour later when the RSPBA realized a compiling error. It finished second.


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  1. As a former member I would be interested to know who will be in the new line up .Where have all the new grade 2 pipers and drummers come from .Is there a secret stash of grade 2 players in kildare ? What contests will the band be in this year ?



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