Glasgow Skye successful in their regrading request for 2023

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Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band have been notified by the RSPBA Standards and Grading Group that their downgrading request for the 2023 season, from Grade 1 to Grade 2, has been successful. This decision has also been ratified by the Music Board.

The Glasgow Skye Association stated in a press release: “It’s great news. We are trying to build the band back up and become a regular on the Scottish and UK pipe band competition scene, and we felt the only way for that to happen would be to allow us to rebuild in Grade 2. We want to get the band healthy and stable and back as an active member of the RSPBA. Starting again in Grade 2 would allow us to do that. The long term survival and growth of the band is paramount.

“We want to thank everyone in the Standards and Grading Group, The Music Board and in the RSPBA for the professional and speedy way this has been dealt with, and we’re really looking forward to getting back on the pipe band circuit.”

The band announced a new leadership team in November 2022, seeing the return of Kenny MacLeod of McCallum Bagpipes to the Pipe Major’s role. More details can be found on the news story here.

•The Glasgow Skye Pipe Band under Pipe Major Kenny MacLeod marching into Grade 2 at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2014. Photo: JohnSlavin@designfolk.com/Bagpipe.news