City of Rome Pipe Band to play for Scotland

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The Scottish National Rugby team are playing Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Rome tomorrow, Saturday March 12, and once again Riccardo Brunelli and the City of Rome Pipe Band have been asked to play the Scottish national anthem for the team.

•The City of Rome Pipe Band playing in the Olympic Stadium in February 2020

The City of Rome Pipe Band, currently led by Pipe Major Francesco Badaloni, are the oldest pipe band in Italy and they are asked to play at many ‘Scottish’ events in Italy. As well as sporting occasions, they play on Scottish national holidays, religious events and at functions for the UK embassy.

Riccardo Brunelli is one of the oldest pipers in the band and is also a keen member of the CLASP, playing in Grade 4 and recently placing in February’s ‘Live Online’ piobaireachd, strathspey & reel and jig competitions.

He will be joined in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday by other band members many of whom will be attending the Italian Spring School. The school will take place from Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1 in Calambrone, which is on the coast near to Pisa. This school is run by the Associazione Piper Italiani and The National Piping Centre, and booking details can be found here.

Tune into ITV on Saturday at 1.30pm to hear the City of Rome Pipe Band play Flower of Scotland and watch the game with a 2.15pm start.