New RSPBA contest a tune-up for European
New pipe band competitions in Scotland that encompass all grades don’t appear frequently, and ones that incorporate a full four-judge panel are even less likely, but a competition has been added to the RSPBA Rota on July 24th, intended to be a tune-up for bands competing at the European Championship the following week.
Organized by the Stirlingshire Branch of the RSPBA, the competition will be held in Airth, Scotland, near Stirling, and will offer events for all grades, with Grade 1 having a full panel of two piping, one ensemble and one drumming judge – unusual for a non-championship. Most small contests only provide one piping and one drumming judge.
The two-judge system at small competitions some feel is a primary reason for top bands not to compete at the events, the thinking being that too much power is placed with a single judge.
The competition will also offer an MSR for Grade 4, which allows Grade 4A bands to better prepare for their event at the European Championship at Belfast.
Entry forms are available from the RSPBA’s website and prize money ranges from £175 for first in Grade 1 to £10 for fourth in Grade 4.