Updated: Top “overseas” bands firming up travel plans for 2007 season
The world’s non-UK Grade 1 bands are making their travel plans for the northern hemisphere’s competition season and a few familiar names have already decided to give the World Pipe Band Championships a miss, while a few bands that have not attended the event plan to return to Glasgow.
Planning to compete at the 2007 World’s:
- 78th Highlanders (Halifax)
- Alberta Caledonia
- Australia Highlanders
- Los Angeles Scots
- Manawatu Scottish
- Simon Fraser University
- Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders
- Windsor Police
Not planning to compete at the 2007 World’s:
- City of Washington
- Fredericton Society of St. Andrew
- New Zealand Police
- Peel Regional Police
- Prince Charles
- Toronto Police
Scott MacDonald, former Pipe-Major of the Los Angeles Scots and currently a piper with the band, said, “We will be spending more than US$65,000 for this trip. We have not been back to Scotland for a few years and we have built the band back up to hopefully have a shot at qualifying in the morning. With the rising costs of travel and the dollar being so poor, we won’t be able to attend every year like in the past.”
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