Published: March 31, 2006

Strathclyde Police to investigate All-Ireland

The Strathclyde Police Pipe Band has revealed that it will travel to the All-Ireland Championships scheduled for July 1st in Letterkenny, Eire.

“We have not been able to enter as many of the local domestic competitions this year as we would like due to other engagements abroad that coincide, so we have decided to add this exciting competition to our list,” said Pipe-Major Donald Mackay. “We are all very much looking forward to this as the All-Ireland attracts the top bands.”

He went on to say that the contest will help the band prepare for the World’s as well as mark the first time the band has competed in Ireland for many years.

The Grade 1 All-Ireland Championship has been won for five consecutive years by Field Marshal Montgomery, which has also won the title 16 times in the last 17 years, tipped only in 2000 by ScottishPower.

Strathclyde Police recently performed a successful concert in Stirling, Scotland, where several new members played for the first time with the band. At the concert the band used multimedia audio and visual technology on stage. Mackay said that the techniques are “just the start for us as we are really not that well known for being a concert band. There have been some critics saying that we should focus only on competition but after putting on some concerts it has certainly raised our game and the reality is that the bands who we are competing against are the bands that are doing both, very successfully.”

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