July 31, 2003

World Championships Draws Announced

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association has made its official draw for the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on August 16. A total of 226 bands are entered to compete at the massive event at Glasgow Green, with 25 bands competing for the Grade 1 title, and 33 bands set to play in Grade 2.

Seventeen Grade 1 bands are entered for the morning’s March, Strathspey & Reel qualifying round, from which six will go through to play against eight bands that have pre-qualified.

Grade 2, because it does not meet the 36 band threshold, will not run in heats, and the contest will be a one shot deal.

Grade 1 (MSR, submit two)
Qualifying Round (approximate times)
9:00 a.m. Glasgow Skye Association (Scotland)
9:08 Western Australia Police (Australia)
9:16 Alberta Caledonia (Canada)
9:24 Bucksburn & District (Scotland)
9:32 Los Angeles Scottish (USA)
9:40 Manawatu Scottish Society (New Zealand)
9:48 City of Washington (USA)
9:56 Lothian & Borders Police (Scotland)
10:04 Grampian Police (Scotland)
10:12 Toronto Police (Canada)
10:20 Peel Regional Police (Canada)
10:28 St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
10:36 Dysart & Dundonald (Scotland)
10:44 Ravara (Northern Ireland)
10:52 MacTarnahan’s Prince Charles (USA)
11:00 David Urquhart Travel (Scotland)
11:08 Ballycoan (Northern Ireland)
Judges: Nat Russell, David Clark (piping); W. Dunlop (drumming); C. Mordaunt (ensemble)

The top six bands from the qualifying round will face eight bands that have pre-qualified. Either through, in the case of “overseas” bands, gaining a prize at the 2002 World’s, or, in the case of RSPBA member bands, through points gained from the first two major championships of the 2003 season.

  • Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
  • Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
  • House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
  • ScottishPower (Scotland)
  • 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
  • Simon Fraser University (Canada)
  • Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
  • Vale of Atholl (Scotland)

    For what is thought to be the first time ever, non-Scottish bands will be in the majority in both Grade 1 and Grade 2 at the World’s, with 14 of the 25 Grade 1, and 18 of 33 Grade 2 bands not from Scotland.

    Grade 2
    9:00 a.m. Ballinderry Bridge (Northern Ireland)
    9:08 Monkstown Mossley (Northern Ireland)
    9:16 Royal Burgh of Stirling (Scotland)
    9:24 Windsor Police (Canada)
    9:32 52nd Lowland Regiment (Scotland)
    9:40 Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
    9:48 Denny & Dunnipace (Scotland)
    9:56 City of St Andrews (Scotland)
    10:04 Polkemmet (Scotland)
    10:12 St. Finbar’s (Ireland)
    10:20 1st Battalion the Highlanders (Scotland)
    10:28 Niagara Regional Police (Canada)
    10:36 Chivas Regal (Scotland)
    10:44 Upper Crossgare (Northern Ireland)
    10:52 Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary (Scotland)
    11:00 Saffron United (USA)
    11:08 Heather Pipes & Drums of Copenhagen (Denmark)
    11:16 North Coast (USA)
    (Judges’ break for tea)
    11:48 Dumbarton & District (Scotland)
    11:56 ASCO Buchan (Scotland)
    12:04 Clan Gregor Society (Scotland)
    12:12 Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
    12:20 Lord Edward’s Own Narraghmore (Ireland)
    12:28 Bleary & District (Northern Ireland)
    12:36 University of Luton (England)
    12:44 City of Dunedin (USA)
    12:52 Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
    13:00 Drambuie Kirkliston (Scotland)
    13:08 Killeen (Northern Ireland)
    13:16 City of Edinburgh (Scotland)
    13:24 Howard Memorial (Northern Ireland)
    13:32 City of Auckland (New Zealand)
    13:40 Houghton Le Spring (England)
    Judges: John Wilson, Ed Neigh (piping); L. Geddis (drumming); Bob Shepherd (ensemble)

    Thirty bands are entered in Grade 3A, 31 bands in Grade 3B, 5 bands in Juvenile, 37 bands in Grade 4A, 43 bands in Grade 4B, and 22 bands in Novice Juvenile.


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