RSPBA Music Board to meet on grading
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Music Board will convene on Saturday, September 23, to discuss the regrading of member pipe bands in the organization.
Of the top Grades, the Tayside Police are widely expected to be promoted to Grade 1. Torphichen & Bathgate, which also had a strong season in Grade 2, may get the nod to move up as well.
Of current Grade 1 bands thought to be under discussion for relegation, the Lothian & Borders Police may avoid being downgraded due to the appointment of David Barnes as pipe-major. Barnes is said to be bringing with him several pipers from his former Polkemmet Pipe Band.
The RSPBA had for many years re-graded bands not in its organization, but in 2004 agreed to discontinue the practice and would instead respect the decisions of “overseas” bands’ home associations.
The RSPBA Music Board’s recommendations will be passed to the RSPBA’s National Council for official ratification, which is generally a formality. The National Council’s next meeting is on October 14 and grading announcements will reportedly be made shortly thereafter.
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