Ten Years After: The World Pipe Band Championship of 2011, Part 2

We take another look at the Worlds held at Glasgow Green in August 2011 with photographs and excerpts from reports from our Editor Robert Wallace. Here he concentrates on the Grade 1 March Strathspey and Reel. Gradually you came to the realisation that there was not one person present who did not believe they were listening to the 2011 World Pipe Band Champions. For Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, from…

Ten Years After: The World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow, August 2011 – Part 1

There won’t be a Worlds this summer for the second year in a row. The international pipe band community is in need of a fix, a reminder of the excitement, the adrenaline and maybe the disappointment of the biggest day in the pipe band calendar. PP staff have trawled the archives for pictures and comment from the Championship from ten years ago, the place Glasgow Green. How times fly. Here…

RSPBA in ‘Sound’ Financial Position Despite Fall in Revenue – Auditor Agrees Accounts

The Board of Directors report: The Association recorded a surplus of £8,263 for the year ended 31 December 2020 (2019 – deficit of £458,455) and accumulated funds at that date stand at £540,110 (2019 – £531,847). The principal funding sources in the period and in the prior period were membership subscriptions and sponsorship towards running the various Championship events. The Association policy is to maintain a level of reserves at…

History: P/M William Norris and Glasgow’s Clan Fraser Pipe Band

This is taken in the main from an edition of ‘Piping and Dancing’ magazine from March 1937. It highlights the qualities and arrangements every band needs if it is to be successful: a good pipe major, organisation, co-operation and a good committee. The band, with a very young Pipe Major William Norris, is pictured below in 1931.. This band was formed on 3rd February, 1930, by the present Pipe Major,…

Standing Start for Lower Grade Bands and Development of Medley all Confirmed in Reports to RSPBA AGM

Piping Press continues its look at the reports to this year’s RSPBA AGM held in MArch before the cancellation of all pipe band competitions for 2021. Below we have details of the Association’s finance and grant applications made to cover the difficulties caused by the pandemic. The Music Board reveal a pilot scheme whereby lower grade bands can start from a static position, and also information on liaison with Grade…