Pipe Band ready to do battle

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Milngavie Pipe Band is gearing up for the first major competition of the 2015 outdoor season this Sunday at the Gourock Games.

The band are confident they can build on the success they have had over the last two months in indoor competitions.

Pipe major Craig Bell said they had been given one of the best starts possible to the new season, securing second and third places in Coatbridge in April and a second in Sanquhar at the end of March.

Mr Bell said: “We have had a great build-up to the start of the outdoor season, and hav e a number of new faces in the band who are enthusiastic to compete.”

And on the competition, he added: “It is hard to say how we will do on the day, as it depends on many factors out of our control.

“ One of the biggest factors is the weather. If it is wet on the day the instruments can sound different.

“Also nerves play a big part on the day. All it takes is a dodgy start and that can ruin things.”

But he thinks this is very unlikely , adding: “We are well prepared for the games and I’m sure the drum and bagpipes sections will be up to the challenge.”

In Coatbridge the band competed in the grade 3 category and secured the runners-up spot. In the higher grade 2 category they came third against several other top bands.

Mr Bell said: “We were delighted with our results at Coatbridge High School because this is a new indoor competition which has never been held before. It was quite well attended with six or seven bands in our category.”

In March down in the Border town of Sanquhar the Borders branch of the Royal Pipe Band Association staged the first of the indoor season of events.

Milngavie Pipe Band competed in grade three, where they were placed 4th. And in grade two they secured another second place.

On this competion Mr Bell said: “It was tough. It always is against bands from this area.”

After the Gourock Games this Sunday, the band will gear up for the British Championships in Bathgate on Saturday, May 30. It is expected to attract pipers and drummers from across the UK.