Yesterday, we kicked off the new year with the results of Michael Grey’s survey of pipe bands over the last century, the results of which were interesting indeed. Today, we feature another pictorial from the camera of John Slavin. This time it is the 2009 World Pipe Band Championships.

That year, Simon Fraser University Pipe Band lifted the Grade 1 trophy for the sixth time. Grade 2 was won by Inveraray & District who won every Grade 2 major that season. Their win was seen as their final step, and almost a formality, before joining the Grade 1 ranks.

The winners of the other grades were as follows: Killen (3a), Benoni MacTalla (3b0, Letterkenny & District (4a), Thiepval Memorial (4b) with George Watson’s College winning both the Juvenile and Novice titles.