p|d Survey: Almost two-thirds of Grade 1 P-Ms favour size limits
Nearly two-thirds want maximum numbers put on bands in their grade, and of those who want maximums 32 percent would like to see both competing numbers and overall roster numbers capped.
But six of the top-seven bands at last year’s World Championships do not want limits on either competing sections or rosters.
That’s the data that we accumulated from the pipe-majors of the 30 Grade 1 bands in the world.
The rest is left for the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association to address the issue, either by creating limitations or allowing the world’s elite bands to overrule the majority, presumably so that they can continue to expand at will, unchecked. As we have said, it is up to the RSPBA to act, since the world’s other pipe band associations are extremely unlikely to cap numbers on their member bands since it will potentially put them at a disadvantage in competition in the UK.
There are good arguments for and against placing maximum numbers on both competing section sizes and total roster size. But do the potential positives for maximum numbers outweigh those of not doing so? By limiting numbers will we see more stability, higher quality performances, and a more level playing field for all?
It’s now up to the RSPBA to decide what to do, and lead by making a decision one way or another and, most importantly, explaining how and why they arrived at their decision.
Sixty-two percent of the world’s leading pipe bands saying that they want to see maximum numbers enforced could be a good place to start.
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