Following the 2009 European Pipe Band Championships’ Grade 1 result, the RSPBA determined the qualifying bands and the order-of-play for the World Pipe Band Championship on August 15 in Glasgow.
The UK-based bands that pre-qualified from results of the previous three major championships are
Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
Robert Wiseman Dairies-Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
These bands join Simon Fraser University of Canada and Ireland’s St. Laurence O’Toole, the only non-British – – or “overseas,” as the RSPBA calls them – – bands that made the prize list of the 2008 World’s and pre-qualify as a result.
Fifteen Grade 1 bands will thus vie for the remaining spots in the Final round at the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships. The Final generally comprises a total of 14 bands, so six spots would be open in 2009.
The draw for the Qualifier at the World’s:
- Ballycoan (Northern Ireland)
- Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
- Oran Mor (USA)
- 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
- Peel Regional Police (Canada)
- Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
- Fife Constabulary (Scotland)
- Australia Highlanders (Australia)
- Lothian & Borders Police (Scotland)
- Los Angeles Scots (USA)
- Alberta Caledonia (Canada)
- Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)
- Pipeband Club (Australia)
- Dowco Triumph Street (Canada)
- Tayside Police (Scotland)
Following the Grade 1 MSR Qualifier competition at the World’s, the draw for the Grade 1 takes placce. The RSPBA decided in October 2008 that a new system would be used for the order-of-play for the Grade 1 Final, whereby all Grade 1 bands would be part of the draw in advance of the contest. The original draw selection will be applied to all bands in the qualifying round and those that pre-qualified.
It is not known when the RSPBA made the information about the new system public.