p|d Survey: Almost two-thirds of Grade 1 P-Ms favour size limits
It could be the issue of our piping and drumming times: should there be size limitations on competing pipe bands?
In 2008 the 78th Fraser Highlanders took 30 pipers onto the competition arena at the World Pipe Band Championships and, since then, Grade 1 bands have routinely competed with more than 20; the current World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery typically with 23 to 25.
Around the world bands in every grade seem to be trying to attract as many members as possible so that they can compare well against other larger bands in their grade. More and more there appear to be “have” and “have-not” groups: those with lots of personnel and those without. Judges are tasked with comparing bands competing with a smaller pipe- and/or drum-section, even those with minimum numbers, against those that bulge at the circle, frequently with numbers double or even triple the minimum requirement.
There are of course minimum numbers. But the question remains to be resolved: should there be maximum numbers? Should there be a limit on the number of competing players in each section? Or should there be a limit on overall band roster size?
Since no organization seems terribly interested in investigating let alone resolving the matter, pipes|drums took it . . .