North American band assigned to Grade 1

Published: February 28, 2009
(Page 1 of 1)
The recently formed North American Pipe Band has been made Grade 1 by its home organization, the Western United States Pipe Band Association, making it the fourth Grade 1 band in the United States and the twelfth from North America.
 
The decision was made via unanimous votes by both the WUSPBA’s Executive Committee and Music Board.
 
“It is exciting for all of us to have another Grade I band in the association,” wrote Kylene Tanner, WUSPBA band registrar, in her confirmation letter to the band. “The level of piping and drumming overall tends to improve as there is increased competition at the highest levels. We anticipate that the addition of your band to the mix will add much to the bands you come in contact with.”
 
The North American Pipe Band’s appointment to the top grade after its formation follows those of other bands, including the Fife Constabulary and Spirit of Scotland, which were both made Grade 1 in their inaugural year by the RSPBA.
 
The North American band also revealed that prominent composer R.S. MacDonald has joined, traveling from Brisbane, Australia, to the band’s base in Los Angeles. MacDonald is the current Pipe-Major of the Queensland Police Pipe Band.
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0
  1. JoelKimball

    Good for NAPD (which, ironically, is the acronym of the org I work in – AKA North American Product Development”). Like the idea of Maxville West. Vancouver? LA? Portland? Calgary? The 1987 trip to Santa Rosa with MacNish Distillery is legendary

  2. Bagpipermann

    Excellent! With 2 Grade I bands in the L.A. area things should start to become quite interesting in California. Throw in the Canadian bands to the north and the west coast should have a real horse race starting up. It may even be time for the Ontario bands to head west to compete in a Maxville type scenario. Let’s say for the Continental Championships?

  3. Doc

    The Queen Mary is a stunning venue. Oran Mor is coming out this year. Maybe the NAPB will be ready to go by then. Cheers, Doc

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
September 22, 1981Final copy of The International Piper published.
MOST RECENT POST
  • River crossing
    Tue, 12 Sep 2017
    Mine would be 40 years ago, my first solo piping competition. It was 1977, about 18 months since I’d laid hands on a practice chanter. I’d been “on the pipes” – a set of imitation-ivory-mounted Hardies – for maybe six … Continue r …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS October 6, 2017Ian K. MacDonald and Andrew Lee in Concert in Scotia, New YorkFirst Reformed Church of Scotia

October 7, 2017The 35th Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping ContestFirst Reformed Church of Scotia in Scotia, New York

October 7, 2017Captain John Maclellan MBE Piping ChampionshipArmy School of Piping and Highland Drumming, Edinburgh

October 8, 2017Master Class with Ian K. MacDonald and Ben McClamrock in Albany, New YorkCeltic Hall, Albany, New York

October 8, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society October GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN

TIP OF THE DAY
When playing a three-note run, accent the third note. The run is a fancy way of playing the last note. The third note is the one that gets the attention and the weight.
Ian Whitelaw, Redondo Beach, California

FROM THE ARCHIVES