UPDATED: Triumph Street promoted to Grade 1; gains new sponsorship
In addition, Triumph Street has secured a new sponsorship with the Dowco Group, a BC-based steel detailing company, and has changed its official name to “Dowco-Triumph Street.” Terms of the sponsorship were not disclosed.
Regarding the upgrade Hilder said, “I am hopeful that [with] the decision [to Grade 1] we can move forward and really build the band for the future. We are looking forward to it.”
Hilder said that the Chairman and CEO of Dowco, Hugh Dobbie Sr., approached him about sponsoring the band because Dobbie was a side drummer as a youth in Scotland.
“He has always wanted to sponsor a pipe band so when he approached me it was an offer that caught my attention, and was a perfect match,” Hilder said. “Along with our other sponsors Odlum Brown ltd. and David Naill and Co. we are very pleased with the long awaited upgrade to Grade 1.”
Hilder added that Dowco-Triumph Street plans to travel to the Costa Mesa Highland Games in California in May, and the North American Championships at Maxville, Ontario, in August.
The Triumph Street story over the past year has been extraordinary. After the Robert Malcolm Memorial II (RMM2) band won the Grade 2 event at the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships, the band was recommended for promotion to Grade 1 by both the BCPA and the RSPBA.
Subsequently, the Simon Fraser University organization, of which RMM2 was a part, applied to have the band remain in Grade 2, citing a drop in key personnel. With that, all members of the RMM2 decided to defect from the SFU organization, and then merged with the Grade 3 Triumph Street Pipe Band.
In October, the grading committee of the BCPA could not reach a decision on Triumph Street’s grading for 2008 due to committee members abstaining from voting, citing conflict of interest. It was then decided to delay all band grading recommendations until a special meeting could be held.
Dowco Triumph Street’s upgrade brings the total number of Canadian Grade 1 bands to nine, and the worldwide number to 39.
The world’s 39 Grade 1 bands:
City of Blacktown
St. Mary’s Band Club
Western Australia Police
78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
Dowco Triumph Street
Fredericton Society of St. Andrew
Peel Regional Police
Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders
Simon Fraser University
Canterbury Caledonian Society
City of Wellington
Dalewool Auckland & District
Manawatu Scottish Society
New Zealand Police
Bleary & District
Field Marshal Montgomery
St. Laurence O’Toole
Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
Clan Gregor Society
Dysart & Dundonald
House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
Lothian & Borders Police
Robert Wiseman Dairies-Vale of Atholl
United States of America
City of Washington
Los Angeles Scottish
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