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Diary: CLASP, Lochaber date change … and more

A few items in the bagpipe.news diary for this weekend: • The organisers of the Lochaber Gathering have had to change the date of their competition to Saturday, August 24. Unfortunately, this means that it clashes with that wonderful Aberdeenshire event, the Lonach Highland Gathering. For any piper considering whether […]

Australia introduces Grade 4B

Australia introduces Grade 4B

Australia’s pipe band governing body has introduced Grade 4B to competitions down under. Pipe Bands Australia (PBA) spent a three-year reviewing its grading structures so as to align with those in Scotland and other major pipe band associations. Chris Earl, President of the PBA, said: “The adoption of Grade 4B […]

NPC needs part-time events staff

NPC needs part-time events staff

This in from The National Piping Centre: “The National Piping Centre is looking for part-time events staff. We are a busy venue in Glasgow’s city centre with a fantastic reputation for great customer service and fresh Scottish food. “With a hotel, function venue and restaurant, we are now seeking multi-skilled […]

Wilson’s charity march

Wilson’s charity march

One of Scotland’s leading pipers is undertaking a fundraising charity walk on Sunday, June 16. The National Piping Centre’s Wilson Brown, a Gold Medallist and former member of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, is taking part in the March for Men, organised by Prostate Cancer UK. The event is being […]

Virginia piper’s funeral to be private

Virginia piper’s funeral to be private

The family of the American piper who was one of 12 victims in the recent mass shooting in Virginia, USA, wish to have a private funeral. Chris Rapp had moved to Virginia Beach recently with his wife, Bessie, and worked for the council for almost a year. He was a […]

Roddy MacLeod honoured by Glasgow

Roddy MacLeod honoured by Glasgow

Roddy MacLeod MBE has received an honour from the City of Glasgow. At a ceremony held in Glasgow’s City Chambers last Friday (May 31), the Principal of The National Piping Centre and five-time Glenfiddich Champion, received the Lord Provost’s Award “for Services to Performing Arts and Music in the City”. […]

Buchan Peterson takes Mintlaw Grade 1

Buchan Peterson takes Mintlaw Grade 1

The North of Scotland branch of the RSPBA held its annual pipe band competition at Mintlaw Gala at the Aberdeenshire town’s Pavilion Park yesterday. The results were: Grade 1 – 1. Buchan Peterson; 2. Portlethen & District. Grade 2 – 1. Portlethen and District; 2. Buchan Peterson. Grade 3 – 1. Fraserburgh […]

Killie on top at Girvan

Killie on top at Girvan

The Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association held the annual Carrick Lowland Gathering today at Girvan in Ayrshire. Conditions were reported to be windy, dry and mild. The results are, pipe bands firstly: Open – 1. Kilmarnock Pipe Band; 2. 1st Troon Boys Brigade; […]

MacColl Jnr. takes Helensburgh

MacColl Jnr. takes Helensburgh

Angus MacColl Jnr. was the overall winner yesterday at Helensburgh & Lomond Highland Games after gaining three firsts. The event took place at Helensburgh’s Rugby Grounds. The town sits on the north side of the Firth of Clyde. The day was cloudy but the rain stayed away. The entry was […]

Markinch results

Markinch results

Updated with Junior results and pipe band results. The solo piping results today from a wet Markinch Highland Games in Fife, Scotland are: Seniors Ceòl Mòr – 1. Timothy Ness, Glasgow; 2. Eddie Gaul, Dundee; 3. Brodie Watson-Massey, Edinburgh; 4. Jonathan Simpson, Bo’ness.Judges: Andrew Wright and Andrew Frater. MSR – […]