Preliminary judging allocations for RSPBA majors
pipes|drums has received from reliable sources the preliminary allocations for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s 2007 major championships. The RSPBA has not yet confirmed whether the allocations are or will be final.
Click here to view the allocation spreadsheet in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
The Grade 1 contests at the World Pipe Band Championships are the most closely watched events. Nine of the 12 World’s Grade 1 judges are from Scotland, two from Northern Ireland and one from Canada.
All four judges who adjudicated the 2006 Grade 1 Qualifier – Peter Snadden, Alan Ronaldson, Jim Baxter and Harry Russell – have been assigned to contests in the Grade 1 Final. Snadden and Ronaldson were the subjects of much discussion following the 2006 World’s after the two piping judges were as much as 10 places apart with the same band in the 12-band contest.
Of note also is only one set of judges for Grade 2, indicating that the event will not be run in heats.
Despite the RSPBA’s much discussed expansion in 2005 of its panel to include non-UK judges, only one person, Greg Dinsdale of Ontario from that group, has been assigned to any grade at the World Championships.
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