Kintyre bands well placed at ‘The World’s’

Kintyre Schools Novice Band marches into the arena.

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The World Pipe Band Championships took place on Glasgow Green on Friday and Saturday, and Kintyre was well-placed among the world’s finest.

All the best bands from all over the world come to take part in the championships with more than 200 pipe bands competing.

The Kintyre Pipe Band Association pipe bands, Kintyre Schools Pipe Band and Beinn an Tuirc Kintyre Pipe Band, which is sponsored by Beinn an Tuirc Distillery, took part.

Both bands have performed well over the season but with mixed results as far as being placed in the top six in their grades.

Kintyre Schools has been the more successful so far this season and has been placed in all its competitions proving it is one of the strongest bands in its section and hopes were high for the band to get a place at the World’s.

Beinn an Tuirc 3A pipe band has also had some good performances over the season and although success has been achieved in the minor competitions the band has not been placed at major competitions in the last two seasons.

Members of both bands knew they were going to have to put on sterling performances to have any chance of being placed as the competition for places in both sections is incredibly tough.

The bands had an early start leaving Campbeltown at 5.15am as the Novice B band was due to perform at 10.10am but had been contacted by Renfewshire school band to see if Kintyre Schools would change performing times with them as both Renfewshire bands were due to play at the same time causing them some problems, so Kintyre Schools would now play at 11.06am, which suited both bands.

Pipe Major Fiona Mitchell led the novice band on to arena nine playing the Sweet Maid of Glendaruel, Greenwood Side, 72nd Highlanders’ Farewell to Aberdeen and Campbell’s Farewell to Redcastle. There were 21 bands playing in the Novice B grade.

The band gave a great performance and were scored by the judges as follows: piping judge one, Ronnie McShannon, 2nd; piping judge two, Maurice Rhodes, third; drumming judge, Gregory Drinsdale, 8th; ensemble judge, Jenny Hutcheon, 4th.

These results, when added, gave the band a total of 17 and meant that the Kintyre Schools Pipe Band was placed fourth best novice B pipe band in the world.

Beinn an Tuirc 3A also had 21 bands in its grade and played in the afternoon at 3.44pm. The band was led on to arena five by Pipe Major Julie Blue and played The Festival March, Old Wife of the Milldust, Scotts Ballad, Molly Connell and Mrs Mcleod of Raasay.

The judges placed the band’s performance as follows: piping judge one, Alan Ronaldson, 1st; piping judge two, Thomas Brown, 4th; drumming judge, Alec Dudgeo, 7th; drumming judge Antony Sloan, 11th.

Beinn an Tuirc band members were delighted with their performance, which was their best over the last couple of years, and with the judges’ placings giving them 27 points, they were rewarded with their best place for some time – fifth best 3A band in the world.

The band members and tutors were all delighted with the results and this has given both bands confidence that with another year of hard work and practice, the musicians can compete for the top of their grades.

Well done to both bands on their success and giving their large group of supporters a great day.

The novice B will next perform at Cowal Championships on August 31 where members can play in both their own grade and a grade up, and everyone involved with the band wishes them the best of luck.