Milngavie Pipeband are gearing up to defend medals they won at last year’s Paisley Pipe Band Championship which takes place this Saturday.
The event attracts some of the top bands in the west of Scotland and is unusual in that it takes place in the town centre. Most piping championships are held in parks or fields which according to the club’s honorary president Hector Cruckshank gives the event a special atmosphere.
He said: “There is a fairly big entry from the west of Scotland with bands competing in a number of categories. We have come away with prizes before, so I don’t see why we will not be successful again this year.
“It is probably the only championship that is not held in a park. It takes place right in the city centre so has a very special atmosphere and feel to it.”
Milngavie Pipe Band has competed in the competition every year and usually comes away with a clutch of medals in the grade three and two categories which it competes in.
It is a relatives new competition which has grown in popularity over the last couple of years. This will be the fifth year the competition has been run.
The competition is run by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and this year the association is expecting around 20 bands to compete in the different categories.
Milngavie Pipe Band compete in category 3 and 2 and pipe major Craig Bell agreed with Mr Cruickshank that they would most likely come back from Paisley with a couple of medals.
Mr Bell said: “I don’t want to sound cocky, but if we play the way we have been there is every opportunity of coming back with a couple of medals.”
The club is hoping to build on the successes they had earlier this year, securing second and third places in Coatbridge in April and a second in Sanquhar at the end of March.
In Coatbridge the band competed in the grade 3 category and were pleased with the runners-up spot. In the higher grade 2 category they came third against several other top bands.
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 and the Milngavie Pipe Band competed in grade three, where they were placed 4th. And in grade two they secured another second place.
Since the start of the new outdoor season the band has been busy practicing. It has also recruited a number of new pipers and drummers which bodes well for the future success.