December 31, 1999

Polkemmet Still Together, Looking to Return to Grade 1

The Polkemmet Pipe Band is still together and reportedly practicing hard to return to Grade 1 status as quickly as possible.

The band had reputedly broken up some weeks ago, but, according to Pipe Major Steven Young, has added players, is practcing regularly, and looking forward to the new season.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association downgraded the well established Grade 1 band to Grade 2 after the 1999 season, along with three other Scottish bands. Polkemmet has accepted the relegation, and there are no reports that it will be appealed.

“We’re obviously very disappointed at the downgrading but are currently practicing hard for the new season,” said Pipe Major Steven Young. “Our numbers have grown since last year and we’re very confidant of a quick return to Grade 1.”

Other bands relegated to Grade 2 are Ravara, Grampian Police, and Lothian & Borders Police. With new a new Pipe Major, Lead Drummer, and personnel on board, Lothian & Borders have appealed the RSPBA’s decision and are hoping to be in Grade 1 for the 2000 season.


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