Published: August 31, 2008

World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedules

For the seventh straight year pipes|drums is pleased to provide readers with a guide to the schedules and locations of practices of Grade 1 bands competing for the World Pipe Band Championship, this year on August 16th in Glasgow.
 
All bands are listed, including those that have not yet responded with details. Their information will be added if or as it is provided, so please keep checking back over the days leading up to the World’s.
 
This year we have included Google Maps links to help you find exact locations.
 
Readers are advised that schedules may change, and that they should double-check before making travel plans. Bands are listed in alphabetical order.
 
We hope that you enjoy this guide.
 
When: 9:30 am and 2 pm, Tues-Thurs.
Note: “Everyone welcome.” Band competing August 9th at North Berwick, and August 10th at Perth. Aug. 15th practice at Glasgow Green at 9 am.
When: 11 am and 3 pm from Aug. 11 on.
Note: The band will be playing at George Square Aug 14 at 11 am, and will hold a CD launch at the Piping Live! Street Café at 1 pm that day. Also competing at the Ulster Championships Aug. 9. All are welcome!
Ballycoan
 
Band Club Sydney
Where: University of Strathclyde, public practices, weather permitting.
When: 1:30-3 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Bleary & District
 
When: Monday 11th, Wed 12th, Thurs 14th 8 – 9:45 pm; Friday 15th, 2 pm likely to be at Glasgow Green, weather permitting.
Where: Deans Community High School, Livingston (between Glasgow and Edinburgh)
Note: “We always have an ‘open door’ attitude to our practices and would be delighted to welcome any visitors.”
Clan Gregor Society
 
Cullybackey
 
When: 2 pm on Thursday, Aug. 14, and Friday, Aug. 15
Where: Kelvin Grove Park, just behind the Art Gallery
Note: “Visitors are welcome.” Copies of the band’s new CD and DVD will be available for sale at practices.
Fife Constabulary
When: 7.30 to 9.30 pm., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights
Note: The band will be in concert at the Renfrew Ferry ,Glasgow, on Monday.
The band will be practicing all week for the concert on Wednesday.    Sunday, Monday and Tuesday practice in Glasgow. Visits by invitation only.
Thursday night: open practice in Shotts band hall at 7:45 pm – all welcome.
Friday afternoon: open practice at the Todd Bar, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 4 pm
When: 10 am each day, except Wednesday
Note: Performing in George Square on Wednesday
Lothian & Borders Police
 
New Zealand Police
 
Peel Regional Police
 
Robert Wiseman Dairies – Vale of Atholl
 
ScottishPower
 
When: Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri, around 2 pm,
Where: University of Strathclyde
Note: Practicing around 3 pm Thursday at Glasgow Green.

Tuesday: 6 pm, John Forty’s Court, Stirling University, Stirling
Wednesday: 3:30 pm, Glasgow Green
Thursday: 3 pm, John Forty’s Court, Stirling University
Friday: 2 pm, John Forty’s Court, Stirling University
Note: Performing at 11:45 am Wednesday at George Square, Glasgow

Spirit of Scotland
 
St. Laurence O’Toole
 
Strathclyde Police
 
Tayside Police
 
When: 10 am every day starting on Tuesday, August 12th
Where: At the small park down the hill from the Victoria Halls residence in Glasgow

Published: July 31, 2006

World’s Week Grade 1 practice schedules

For the fifth straight year we are pleased to provide readers with a guide to the schedules and locations of practices of Grade 1 bands competing for the World Pipe Band Championship, this year on August 12 in Glasgow.

All bands are listed, including those that have not yet responded with details. Their information will be added as it is provided, so please keep checking back over the days leading up to the World’s. Readers are advised that schedules may change, and that they should double-check before making travel plans. Bands are listed in alphabetical order.

We hope that you enjoy this guide.

78th Highlanders (Halifax)
When: August 8-10: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Glasgow Caledonia University residences – Dobbies Loan

Alberta Caledonia
When: Aug. 2-4, 1:00-3:00
Where: Stirling University, John Forty’s Court
When: Aug. 7-11, 10:00-noon
Where: Caledonia University, Dobbies Loan, near or around Caledonia Court
Note: Competing at North Berwick Aug. 5 and Bridge of Allan Aug. 6

Australia Highlanders
When: Aug. 3 – Aug. 11
Where: Strathclyde University
Note: Afternoon of Aug. 11 practice at Glasgow Green. Competing at Bridge of Alan, and appearing at George Square, Glasgow, as part of Piping Live! Aug. 7, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Ballinderry Bridge

Ballycoan

Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
When: Aug. 7, 9 and 10
Where: Deans Community High School, Livingston
Note: Aug. 11, 1-4 p.m., Glasgow Green. “All Welcome.”

City of Blacktown

Clan Gregor

Dysart & Dundonald
When: Aug. 7, Aug. 9, and Aug. 11.
Where: Dundonald Institute, Cardenden, Fife.

Field Marshal Montgomery
When: Aug. 10 and 11, approx. 2:30 – 5 p.m.
Where: Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Note: “Visitors are welcome. We’re still working on where we will be if it’s wet.”

House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
When: Monday, Aug 7; Thurs, Aug. 10, Fri. Aug. 11
Where: Shotts Band Hall, Shotts
Note: Also playing gigs on Tues, and Wed.

Lothian & Borders Police
When: Mon., Aug. 7; Wed., Aug. 9; Thur., Aug. 10. 7:30 – 10 p.m..
Where: Canteen at Police Headquarters, Fettes Avenue, Edinburgh

New Zealand Police
When: Aug. 8 and 10, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: Donnelly House, Stirling University, Stirling
When: Aug. 11, afternoon (weather permitting)
Where: Glasgow Green
Note: Competing at North Berwick and Bridge of Allan. “All visitors will be warmly welcolmed at any of the above times.”

Robert Wiseman Dairies – Vale of Atholl
“Due to the World’s concert we won’t actually be practicing that week. All we will do is have a chanter check on the Friday night.”

ScottishPower
When: Tues, Aug. 8; Thur., Aug. 10; Fri., Aug. 11, 8 – 10:30 p.m.
Where: Tuesday at the Todd Bar Strathclyde University; Thursday and Friday at ScottishPower HQ, Cathcart, Glasgow
Note: Because of security issues in the building, advance notice of intending visitors is required. This can be done by checking by email with P-M Chris Armstrong.

Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders
When: Twice daily, Aug. 7-11, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Where: University of Strathclyde (Rottenrow) on the grass at the east side of the residence complex.
Note: “No security clearance required, but pints with the band guys in the Todd following the p.m. practice highly recommended.”

Update:Simon Fraser University
When: Thur., Aug. 10; Fri., Aug. 11, starting at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Where: John Forte House, Stirling University, Stirling

St. Laurence O’Toole
When: Fri., Aug. 11, “some time after 7 p.m.”
Where: Glynhill Hotel, Glasgow

Strathclyde Police
When: Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2-4 p.m. (weather permitting)
Where: Lochinch Police Club, Pollok Country Park, Glasgow, 15 minutes from Glasgow city centre, off the M77 motorway.
Note: “Visitors are most welcome, however practices can be cancelled at short notice due to involvement in operational commitments outwith the band’s control. If we are made to cancel we will inform P&D and post at www.strathpol-pipeband.com

Toronto Police
When: 10:00 a.m., Aug. 8-9
Where: Kelvingrove Park near Kelvin Bridge subway
When: Late morning, Aug. 10-11
Where: Strathclyde University (“whenever we can find a spot and time when other bands aren’t practicing”)

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