The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) has completed its grading adjustments for 2007, and the Grade 2 Champion of Champion, the Tayside Police Pipe Band, has been promoted officially to Grade 1.
Among the bands that the RSPBA has upgraded were the Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) Pipe Band, winners of the Grade 2 event at the World Pipe Band Championship, the Gaelic College Pipe Band of Nova Scotia, Glengarry (Gr. 4) from Canada, and Benoni High School of South Africa, even though the bands are not members of the RSPBA. RMM was upgraded by its home association, the British Columbia Pipers Association in September.
Then RSPBA had agreed after the 2004 Alliance of North American Pipe Band Associations (ANAPBA) Summit that it would not re-grade non-RSPBA bands.
“It’s fair to do this [non-member-band] upgrading, but why don’t they just insist on every band playing at the World’s to be a member of the RSPBA?” said a prominent member of a North American association’s music board, who commented on condition on anonymity. “[The RSPBA lets] these non-member bands play, they say they don’t do grading of non-member bands, which is a very dangerous precedent to set. They want their cake and they want to eat it to.”
No Grade 1 bands were demoted, and only one band has been relegated: Inverclyde & District, moving from Grade 2 to Grade 3A.
The grading process had been delayed until the RSPBA’s National Council could ratify the recommendations made by the association’s Music Board grading sub-committee.
To Grade 1 from Grade 2
To Grade 2 from Grade 3A
To Grade 3A from Grade 3B
To Grade 3A from Grade 4A
To Grade 3B from Grade 4A
To Grade 3B from Grade 4B
To Grade 4A from Grade 4B
To Juvenile to Novice Juvenile
Bands should check with the RSPBA for official confirmation of their grading.
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