Update 2: Triumph Street assigned to Grade 2; plans Maxville trip
Ending speculation as to what grade the band would compete in in 2007, the Triumph Street Pipe Band (TSPB) of Vancouver will compete in Grade 2 in 2007, after being assigned to the grade by the British Columbia Pipers’ Association (BCPA).
Triumph Street competed in Grade 3 in 2006. When Robert Malcolm Memorial II Pipe Band (RMM2) shut down its members joined Triumph Street.
“The Triumph Street Pipe Band requested to play in Grade 2 this season,” said BCPA Grading Committee representative Andrew Bonar. “Their reasoning was that they have had a 40 per cent change in membership since winning the World’s as RMM. The Grading Committee has granted their request to play Grade 2 this season.”
After winning the Grade 2 contest at the 2006 World Pipe Band Championships, RMM2 was promoted to Grade 1 by both the BCPA and the RSPBA.
RMM2 had been a part of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band organization. The organization expressed concern about RMM2 moving to Grade 1, citing the fact that at least three prominent RMM2 pipers were being promoted to the SFU Grade 1 band. RMM2 formally appealed the upgrade decision.
In a statement on the BCPA website, BCPA President, Edward McIlwaine, said, “The appeal of RMM2’s upgrading to Grade 1 came from its own leadership, i.e., P-M David Hilder, NOT from SFU. David Hilder, Lead-Drummer Andre Tessier and Pipe-Sergeant Shaunna Hilder resigned from the band the same day. Therefore, from the perspective of the BCPA Board, it was not immediately clear to whom we should respond. At any rate, RMM2 was dissolved before the BCPA Grading Committee had an opportunity to make a recommendation on the appeal. At a subsequent meeting the BCPA Board decided to disregard the appeal as the band in question had ceased to exist.”
RMM2’s appeal was made on November 18, and on December 9 the band was formally dissolved.
“As new president of the BCPA, I am very pleased to have seen the issue of RMM2’s dissolution resolve itself in a manner which has avoided any lasting acrimony within our association’s membership,” said BCPA President Ed MacIlwaine. “Regarding the grading of TSPB, I consider the matter settled for the present. I look forward to the continued success of BCPA pipe bands both at home and abroad.”
“There was much more to the story than just the fact that [Triumph Street] would not be allowed to be Grade 1,” said David Hilder. “We have moved on and are looking forward to the future. We are looking forward to a fun and prosperous season this year. The TSPB is planning a trip to Maxville and Montreal this summer. We are finalizing our plans now and really looking forward to the trip.”
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