Published: November 30, 2006

Prince Charles ready for ascension

After a year’s hiatus from competing, the Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco has confirmed that it is preparing to take the competition field in 2007. The band’s status was not clear after it bowed out of competing at the Pleasanton Highland Games in September.

“After taking a break this summer, the Prince Charles Pipe Band . . . re-commenced practices in October as planned,” Pipe-Major Colin Berta said. “The band’s annual meeting on October 8 was well-attended and generated much enthusiasm among the members. [I] and Drum-Sergeant Liza McAdam share a positive outlook on 2007.”

Berta said that the band’s goal is “to compete successfully at the highest levels, and to continue to improve in all aspects. We feel very good about our prospects in 2007.”

The Grade 1 band’s roster lists 18 pipers and 10 drummers. The organization also has Grade 3 and Grade 4 “feeder bands”.

The band’s viability confirms that there are 12 North American Grade 1 bands, with the addition of the Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew Pipe Band being officially promoted by the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association.

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