|August press release, from SFU: (photos
WORLD CHAMPION PIPE BAND 'BLOWS THEM AWAY' AGAIN
The win marks the fourth first-place trophy for the Grade one band. Meanwhile, the band's junior contingent, the Robert Malcolm Memorial pipe band, secured the top spot in the Juvenile category. The win marks the second championship for the young performers and the second double win for SFU at the competition. Both bands also took firsts in 1999.
SFU pipe band manager Rob MacNeil said the competition for the Grade one band was initially close between four bands, including SFU. The 30-member band, competing against 20 other bands, finished second after "a reasonable run " with its first performance, a march, strathspey and reel. But the band "really blew everybody away and cemented the win" during the second part of the competition, the medley, says MacNeil . A first-place finish in the medley boosted the band to its first-place finish overall. Scottish rival Shotts and Dykehead finished second while Northern Ireland's Field Marshall Montgomery took third.
The 25-member junior band has only competed twice previously, taking first in 1999 and placing second in 1997. "It was a powerful win for the kids," says MacNeil, noting they defeated a band from Texas that has never lost in world competition. The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band was created in memory of pipers Robert Barbulak and Malcolm Bokenfohr, both killed in a car accident in 1993.
More than 200 bands performed in various competitions held at Glasgow Green, a famous
park in the centre of the city. Despite being a damp day more than 45,000 spectators
reportedly took in the performances.
Jori Chisholm took the "A" March at Oban;
Colin Clansy took the "A" Sstrathspey and Reel.
|High River Highland Games
August 25, 2001
Highwood High School
High River, Alberta
(Many thanks to Dan Lidgren for compiling and sending these to me)