Published: August 31, 2003

World’s Week Grade 1 Band Practice Locations and Times

For those travelling to the World Pipe Band Championships, half the
fun is going around Scotland during the week leading up to the big
contest to hear the top bands in their practice locations.

As a service to readers of pipes|drums, we’ve asked each Grade 1
band to tell us where they might be found during the week of August
10. We heard from the following bands and, where applicable, also
pass along the band’s request that visitors not try to attend their
practices. (Missing bands have so far not responded to our
request.)

Readers are advised to confirm times and venues with bands before
making any long journeys.

  • Alberta Caledonia – Practicing at Kelvingrove Park,
    Glasgow. Use either the Derby St or Kelvin Way gates. Practices
    begin at 9:30 a.m. and go until around noon on August 14 and 15.
    The band notes that they can also be found at the Park Bar or
    Cairncross House on Kelvinhaugh Street.

  • Ballycoan – Staying at Woolfson Halls of residence,
    Glasgow University.

  • Boghall & Bathgate – Practicing at
    Deans Community High School
    in the town of Livingston on August
    11, 13, and 14, and at Glasgow Green on Friday afternoon.

  • Bucksburn & District – Staying at Glasgow
    University’s Woolfson halls of residence starting August 14.
    Practicing at Glasgow Green on Friday, depending on the weather. If
    bad weather the band will practice on the grounds of the
    university.

  • City of Washington – Band is staying at Glasgow
    Caledonia University at Dobbies Loan. Pipe section practice
    starting Wednesday and then full band practices on Thursday
    afternoon, Friday morning and Friday afternoon.

  • Dysart & Dundonald – Practicing August 11 at the
    Dundonald Institute & Dundonald Bluebells FC; Wednesday, August
    13, at the Village Inn & Dundonald Bluebells FC; Friday, August
    15, at the Dundonald Institute & Dundonald Bluebells FC. All
    practice times: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. All venues in Cardenden, Fife. (15
    mins from Forth Bridge). Contact: Paul Turner at 07887
    546099.

  • Field Marshal Montgomery – Arriving in Scotland August
    14, and practicing at Kelvin Grove park in Glasgow on Friday
    afternoon from around 2:00 p.m.

  • Glasgow Skye Association – Band practices at the RSPBA
    Headquarters at 45 Washington Street, Glasgow, August 11 and 14,
    7.30 until 10.30 p.m.

  • House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead – Band welcomes
    visitors to its practice site on Robert Street in the village of
    Shotts, off the M8, about half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
    Practice schedule for World’s week is Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and
    Friday nights.

  • Los Angeles Scottish – Staying at Queen Margaret
    residences, Bellshaugh Court, Kirklee, University of Glasgow.
    Practicing there at around 9:00 a.m. each day, starting August
    13.

  • Lothian & Borders Police – Band will be practicing
    on Monday and Thursday, from 7.30 p.m. onwards at Lothian &
    Borders Police Headquarters, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh. Anyone
    wishing to attend should go to the reception desk and ask to be
    taken to the practice hall. E-mail: Band
    Manager
    .

  • Manawatu Scottish – The band is staying at Alexander
    Court, Stirling University, Stirling, and practices each day at
    10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The band will be practicing on Glasgow
    Green at 2:00 p.m. on Friday before the World’s near the Grade 1
    arena.

  • MacTarnahan’s Prince Charles – Staying at the Murano
    Street residences at the University of Glasgow. Practices will take
    place every day starting on August 9.

  • Peel Regional Police – Staying at Strathclyde
    University. Practicing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the
    parking lot off Collins Road at the university from 11:15 am to
    12:15.

  • St. Laurence O’Toole – Staying at the Glynhill Hotel,
    Paisley Road, Renfrew. Arriving in Glasgow on Friday, August 15,
    and will be practicing that evening, probably starting around 7:00
    or 8:00 p.m.

  • ScottishPower – The band would love to have guests
    attend practices, however space and security issues make it
    inconvenient.

  • 78th Fraser Highlanders – Staying at Forbes Hall,
    Rottenrow, Strathclyde University. Band not practicing publicly
    until after August 13 performance at the Glasgow Royal Concert
    Hall. Thursday and Friday practicing outdoors, but likely somewhere
    near the residences.

  • Simon Fraser University – Staying at Wolfson Hall,
    Garscube Estates, Bearsden. Practices scheduled for Wednesday,
    Thursday and Friday, each starting at 3:30 p.m.

  • Strathclyde Police – Practices are held at the Lochinch
    Police Club at Pollok Park, Glasgow. The band will practice Tuesday
    through Friday, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. the week of the World’s. Contact
    number for the band: 0141-532-3177 or 3178.

    Toronto Police – Practicing at Kelvingrove Park near
    Cairncross House, Glasgow University, Wednesday to Friday starting
    at 1:00 p.m.

  • Vale of Atholl – Practices are held at the Tulloch
    Institute in Perth, and the band will definitely be practicing on
    the Tuesday and Thursday.

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