May 31, 2004

(Updated) Bell rings on 2004 RSPBA season

The 2004 U.K. outdoor pipe band competition season starts on May 8 as it traditionally does at the east-coast town of Dunbar, just south-east of Edinburgh.

A stronger-than-usual entry is expected in Grade 1, with eight bands scheduled to compete, and one Grade 2 band, Drambuie-Kirkliston, planning to play up in the Grade 1 event.

Dunbar marks the first contest for the new-look Drambuie, which appointed Ian Duncan, the famous former pipe-major of the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, its new leader in September 2003.

The Clan Gregor Pipe Band, which was to make its debut in Grade 1, had entered the event but will not attend due to work commitments with key personnel. Other bands entered in Grade 1 are:

  • Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
  • Dysart & Dundonald
  • Grampian Police
  • Lothian & Borders Police
  • Phoenix Honda Glasgow Skye
  • Strathclyde Police
  • Vale of Atholl

    Stay tuned to Piper & Drummer Online for results from Dunbar as they are made available.


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