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July 14, 2014

Welcome to the first blog post on Graham Brown Percussion. I'm hoping to use this spot to talk about things I'm getting up to, news in the Pipe Band world, instructional tidbits, and really anything that catches my fancy.

 

The biggest news of the past week was undoubtedly the release of the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships draw. The full draw can be found here, while the Grade 1 qualifier draw looks like this

 

Grade 1 - MSR Qualifier 1 (Friday 15th August)
01 11:00 Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band
02 11:10 78th Fraser Highlanders - Canada
03 11:20 Scottish Power
04 11:30 Vale of Atholl
05 11:40 Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band
06 11:50 New Zealand Police - New Zealand
07 12:00 Bagad Cap Caval - France
08 12:10 Field Marshal Montgomery
09 12:20 Canterbury Caledonian Society - New Zealand
10 12:30 St Laurence O'Toole - Eire
11 12:40 Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles

Adjudicators:
Gordon Lawrie
Harry Stevenson
Gordon Craig
Jennifer Hutcheon

Grade 1 - MSR Qualifier 2 (Friday 15th August)
12 11:00 Cullybackey
13 11:10 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
14 11:20 Dowco Triumph Street - Canada
15 11:30 Simon Fraser University - Canada
16 11:40 Toronto Police - Canada
17 11:50 Peel Regional Police - Canada
18 12:00 Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
19 12:10 Inveraray and District
20 12:20 Los Angeles Scots - U.S.A
21 12:30 Ravara
22 12:40 Stuart Highlanders - U.S.A.
23 12:50 Ballycoan

Adjudicators:
Robert Worrall
William Garrett
John MacInnes
Ciaran Mordaunt

Grade 1 - Medley Qualifier 1 (Friday 15th August)
01 14:20 Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band
02 14:30 78th Fraser Highlanders - Canada
03 14:40 Scottish Power
04 14:50 Vale of Atholl
05 15:00 Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band
06 15:10 New Zealand Police - New Zealand
07 15:20 Bagad Cap Caval - France
08 15:30 Field Marshal Montgomery
09 15:40 Canterbury Caledonian Society - New Zealand
10 15:50 St Laurence O'Toole - Eire
11 16:00 Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles

Adjudicators:
Robert Worrall
William Garrett
John MacInnes
Ciaran Mordaunt

Grade 1 - Medley Qualifier 2 (Friday 15th August)
12 14:20 Cullybackey
13 14:30 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
14 14:40 Dowco Triumph Street - Canada
15 14:50 Simon Fraser University - Canada
16 15:00 Toronto Police - Canada
17 15:10 Peel Regional Police - Canada
18 15:20 Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
19 15:30 Inveraray and District
20 15:40 Los Angeles Scots - U.S.A
21 15:50 Ravara
22 16:00 Stuart Highlanders - U.S.A.
23 16:10 Ballycoan

Adjudicators:
Gordon Lawrie
Harry Stevenson
Gordon Craig
Jennifer Hutcheon

 

Shotts and Dykehead have drawn 2nd on, and while others may prefer a late draw, in my old age of 32,  I'm finding I'm preferring playing earlier on in the day. Also note, "early" here only means 11:10 am, which is much more manageable than in the past, when 2nd on in a qualifier may have meant 9:10, and warming up from 7:30. This is possible because of the decision to have the Grade 1 qualifier on it's own day, this year Friday August 15th. I really like this decision by the RSPBA, and persoanlly have thought for years that the Grade 1 qualifier would be perfect on the Friday.

 

I head back to Scotland on Friday, and am really looking forward to the Scottish Championships and the last few weeks build up to the Worlds. The previous 3 majors have seen Shotts's results go 7, 6, 5, and I'm very excited to try and keep building on that momentum.

 

So, who's going through to the Worlds Final? Fancy any upsets? Comments are now open :)

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