City of Inverness Pipe Band are British Champions
On their second competitive outing, the newly established City of Inverness Pipe Band has won the grade 4A category of the prestigious British Pipe Band Championships held on Saturday 21 May 2016 at James Park, Paisley.
Around 4,000 pipers and drummers performed at Paisley and the City of Inverness Pipe Band were jubilant at winning the grade 4A:
- Neil McLachlan Challenge Trophy cup for overall winners; and
- The RSPBA Shield for 1st Drum Corps Champions.
Provost of Inverness, Helen Carmichael, said: “Well done to all the pipers and drummers of City of Inverness Pipe Band for coming first at Paisley in their grade. They are certainly blazing a trail for Inverness and the Highlands in the competitive pipe band circuit as this is amazingly their second competition which they have won in a row.
“Last Sunday (15 May) they won on their debut outing at The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, North of Scotland Branch Competition held in Banchory.”
Pipe Major Scott Taylor said: “This is an unbelievable achievement for such a new band, and a real reward for all the hard work that the band members have put in over the winter.”
The City of Inverness Pipe Band is supported by the Inverness Ward Discretionary Budgets.
Successes for other Highland bands were:
- Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums schools band came third place in the grade 4 novice A;
- Lochalsh Junior band came fourth in the grade 4 novice B; and
- Ullapool and District grade 4A sixth place.
Other Highland bands competing at the British Championships were Wester Ross; Badenoch & Strathspey, and Northern Constabulary Community.
Full results are detailed on the RSPBA website at: http://www.rspba.org/results/resultselector.php