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Date: Saturday, 9th March 2019
Contributor: John Hughes - HQ

World Pipe Band Championship to remain two day event


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The World Pipe Band Championship based on feedback is to remain a two day event. The Board of Directors of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association made the decision at a meeting before today’s AGM in Glasgow.

Arrangements to competition format for championships will be reviewed by the Association’s Music Board and ratified at a Board of Directors meeting in April.

The Music Board will have access to all recent comments gathered from Grade 1 bands, adjudicators and others.

Chairman John Hughes said: ‘At today’s pre-AGM board meeting there was a full in-depth discussion about the format of the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Chamnpionship.

‘We considered all of the feedback we received from bands plus feedback from our Adjudicator Panel Management Board and our Music Board. We have discussed the options and have confirmed today that the Worlds will remain a two day event.

‘The format of that event will be decided by the Music Board who already have a number of proposals in place. We will ask them to confirm their preferences and these will come to the Board of Directors’ meeting on the 27th April.

‘These recommendations will be debated by the Board, in particular how they will align with the operational challenges of any particular event.

‘But we can confirm to all bands that it is a two-day event and that each Grade 1 band will require two MSRs and two Medleys exactly as they have had to prepare in the past.

‘The Worlds is our premier event and a major test of the capability of the bands especially in Grade 1. They are judged by 16 adjudicators. It is right that they have that a high level of scrutiny and we hope the bands will enjoy the challenge over the Friday and the Saturday as they have done in the past.

‘Entries are still open; and we do not know how many bands are travelling next year so we need to be very careful to produce an event which is sustainable and flexible.

‘The bands need to know what to expect. They now know it will be a two-day event. They know they are going to have to play an MSR and a Medley on the Friday and the same on the Saturday if they want participate in the Grade 1 Worlds.’

Once the Association has secured the commercial side of any major championship, the Music Board is given the responsibility of deciding what format it should have and recommending it to the Board of Directors.

There is no input to the structure of the Worlds from the BBC or from the promoter Glasgow Life. These bodies have made it clear that they are happy to support the decisions of the Board of Directors regarding the Worlds.


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