The Association was honoured with the presence at the European Pipe Band Championships of the Honourable Mr William Barr the Attorney General of the United States of America.
Mr Barr, who had been on official duties in London, flew north specially for the competition held last Saturday (June 29) in Inverness.
Mr Barr was welcomed by Mr Les Kidger of promoters LCC Live Events, RSPBA Chief Executive Ian Embelton and Chairman John Hughes and introduced to other officials and staff during a busy Saturday at Bught Park. The United States Attorney General is the senior law officer for the US Federal Government.
After the formalities, Mr Barr went walkabout with his security detail close behind at all times. He spent a great deal of time listening to various grades, in particular Grade 1, and spoke personally with the Mesa Caledonia band from Arizona who were competing in Grade 3B. When the weather broke in the afternoon Mr Barr, undeterred, could be seen touring the park umbrella in hand with his security staff ever present.
Mr Barr charmed everyone with his easy manner and was happy to discuss his own piping career and told of how he had played in the former Grade 1 band City of Washington for several years. Former band members still meet up for a tune and Mr Barr generously facilitates this.
Ian Embelton said: 'It was indeed an honour to welcome Mr Barr to the championships and we hope he enjoyed the atmosphere and music during his short time away from the pressures of his job in Washington'.
Mr Barr (centre) is pictured below with Ian Embelton and Chairman John Hughes