December 31, 2009

Public video draw at Lomond & Clyde contest a pipe band world first

In what is thought to be a first for the pipe band world, the draw for the March 20, 2010, Grade 1 Indoor Invitational Competition sponsored by the Grade 2 Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band, was made in a public setting with the a video posted on YouTube for anyone to see.

The draw was made at the SAS Raddisson Hotel in Glasgow, also a sponsor of and the venue for the competition. The actual draw was made by Aimee Lindsay, the hotel’s meeting and events manager, with Lomond & Clyde Treasurer and RSPBA National Council member, David Murdoch, announcing the playing position of the drawn band.

Fully sanctioned by the RSPBA, the event is designed to marks the tenth anniversary of the Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band.

The contest is split into two heats with each band playing a Medley and an MSR. The top two bands from each heat competing in an evening final. The draw is:
Heat 1 – 1 pm starting time
1st Ballycoan
2nd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
3rd Tayside Police
4th Fife Constabulary
Heat 2 – 3 pm starting time
1st Inveraray & District
2nd Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
3rd Robert Wiseman’s Dairy-Vale of Atholl
4th Cullybackey
First prize is £2500, second, third and fourth are £1500, £500 and £100. By contrast, the winner of the World Championship received a prize of £1000.
The event will be the first Grade 1 competition for the Inveraray & District Pipe Band, promoted to the top grade after an undefeated 2009 season in Grade 2.
A limited number of tickets for the event are available through


  1. What an excellent way to show the Draw. This should be adopted especially for the Worlds G1 Qualifier. Good luck to the bands in the Competition, looks to be a very well organised event.

  2. What a fantastic way of drawing bands! its a bit like the football (soccer) world cup draw! excellent idea and really addeds to the pre event drama. good job!

  3. Can anyone explain thr rationale for drawing a band and the draw when they are playing. Why not take the name in alfabetical order and then draw when they are playing.

  4. If the order of play for pipe band competitions was based on alphabetical order, I would consider changing my pipe band’s name to the Zebra Highlanders”.”



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