August 31, 2007

Update 1: 2007 World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedules

For the sixth straight year pipes|drums is pleased to provide readers with a guide to the schedules and locations of practices of Grade 1 bands competing for the World Pipe Band Championship, this year on August 11 in Glasgow.

All bands are listed, including those that have not yet responded with details. Their information will be added if or as it is provided, so please keep checking back over the days leading up to the World’s.

Readers are advised that schedules may change, and that they should double-check before making travel plans. Bands are listed in alphabetical order.

We hope that you enjoy this guide!

78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
When: Aug. 7, 8, 10 & 11: 10 am-12 pm; Aug. 9: 3-5 pm
Where: Somewhere near Victoria Hall residences, Kyle/Baird streets, Glasgow
Note: Performing in George Square on Thursday at 11 am. “All listeners are
welcome to attend practices.”

Alberta Caledonia
When: Aug. 6-10: 11 am – 1 pm, Caledonia Court, Glasgow
Note: Band competing at North Berwick, Aug. 4, and Bridge of Allan, Aug. 5

Australia Highlanders
When: Aug. 7: 9-10 am & 1-3 pm; Aug. 8: 12-3 pm; Aug. 9: 4 pm; Aug. 10: morning practice at university, afternoon practice at Glasgow Green.
Where: Strathclyde University (Rottenrow)
Note: competing Aug. 5 at Bridge of Allan; competing Aug. 8 in Piping Live! International Quartet Competition; performing at George Square Aug. 9, 11 am – 1 pm. “Practice times may change depending on draw times and weather etc. We encourage those interested to ask one of the band members at the university.”

Ballinderry Bridge


Bleary & District

Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
When: Aug 6, 7 & 9, 8-9:45 pm, Deans Community High School in Livingston, West Lothian. Aug 10 at Glasgow Green around 2 pm.
Where: Boghall will be practicing during the week of the Worlds in Deans Community High School in Livingston, West Lothian. See for location details.
Note: “We always have an ‘open door’ attitude to our practices and would be delighted to welcome any visitors.”

Clan Gregor Society
When: Aug. 7-8: Bar 189, Airth, 7:30-10 pm; Aug. 9: Lodge St Margaret, 3 Stoneycroft Road, South Queensferry, 7:30-10 pm.

Dysart & Dundonald

Field Marshal Montgomery
When: Thur., Aug. 9, and Fri., Aug. 10, around 2-4 pm.
Where: Behind the art gallery, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Note: “Visitors are welcome. We’re still working on where we will be if it’s wet.”

House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
Aug. 6, 7:45 pm: open practice, Shotts Band Hall, Shotts
Aug. 7, 8 pm: open practice, Todd Bar, University of Strathclyde
Aug. 8: closed practice, no visitors
Aug. 9, 7:45 pm: open practice, Shotts Band Hall, Shotts
Aug. 10, 4 pm: open practice, Todd Bar, University of Strathclyde

Los Angeles Scots
When: Every morning at 10.
Where: Murano Street Student Village, Glasgow

Lothian & Borders Police

Manawatu Scottish Society
When: Aug. 7-10, 10:30 am, Queen Margaret Residences, Glasgow University. Aug. 10, 1 pm, Glasgow Green.
Note: Competing at North Berwick and Bridge of Allan. The band will also be performing at George Square, Glasgow, as part of Piping Live! on Wednesday. “All welcome for a listen, a beer and a blether.”

Robert Wiseman Dairies – Vale of Atholl

When: Aug. 6, Aug. 9, Aug. 10: 8-10:30 pm, ScottishPower HQ, Cathcart, Glasgow. Aug. 8: Todd Bar Strathclyde University.
Note: Because of security issues in the building, advance notice of intending visitors is required. This can be done by checking by email with Pipe-Major Chris Armstrong.

Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders
When: Morning and afternoon, in and around the university
Where: University of Strathclyde, Rottenrow, Glasgow
Note: “If weather prevents outdoor practice, we will have an indoor location that can’t accommodate guests. We will be having an “open practice” in conjunction with the Todd Bar on the Wednesday afternoon around 3 pm.”

Simon Fraser University
When: Mon: 2 pm; Wed: 4 pm; Thur: 2 pm; Fri: 2 pm
Where: John Forte House, Stirling University, Stirling
Note: Band concert at Dumfries on Tuesday evening.

St. Laurence O’Toole
Band staying at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow. Watch for more details.

UPDATED:Strathclyde Police
Due to recent events, restrictions have been placed on the access of visitors to our practices due to them being held within Strathclyde Police Headquarters. Only “open practice,” Wednesday, August 8th, 2-4 pm (outside) at Lochinch, our Police Club, Pollok Country Park. Directions click here.

Tayside Police

Windsor Police
When: Aug. 8-10: 10-1:30 am & 3-4:30 pm (two sessions each day)
Where: Stirling University, Stirling
Note: “These times may vary in the morning depending on the draw for what time we play.”


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  1. Thanks for doing this again. But what about Strathclyde Police? We really want to check out one of their practices and I hope they send in their information soon!



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