Torphichen and Bathgate secured the best result in its long history with a solid 10th place amongst the 15-strong Grade 1 competition at The Scottish Championships on the 27th July.
The event was held in dry conditions at Dumbarton’s picturesque Levengrove Park, where the band drew its number two March, Strathspey and Reel set: The Balmoral Highlanders, Dora Mcleod and Loch Carron. A high quality recording can be found here, courtesy of DroneChorus. This fine performance saw the band actually tying for 9th place, but P/M Robert Cupples’ Cullybackey edged ahead on an ensemble preference.
This encouraging result sets the band up nicely for a busy August Schedule with appearances at Bridge of Allan Highland Games on August 4th followed by North Berwick Highland Games, which has an exciting looking Grade 1 entry, on Saturday August 10th.
The World Championships are fast approaching, with this year seeing the highly-anticipated introduction of a two-day two-heat qualifying format on August 17-18. In preparation, the band will continue its regular practice schedule on Monday and Thursday evenings at Armadale Academy and any interested visitors or parties will be most welcome to attend.
Watch out for appearances from our band members during the Piping Live! festival. Flank drummer Fraser Bruce will compete in the annual Drumming for Drinks contest on Wednesday 14th August (where he promises to be more moderately dressed than in previous years!). Meanwhile, the band’s newest addition, Gordon Walker, can be seen in a Wednesday lunchtime recital at the National Piping Centre as well as participating in the Lord Todd Recital Challenge on Thursday Evening.
Following the World’s, the band will be present at The Royal Highland Centre for the Edinburgh Championship on August 24th, with the curtain coming down at the Cowal Highland Gathering on August 31st.
All set for an exciting month!
Torphichen and Bathgate Pipe Band are based in West Lothian, Scotland and compete at the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association's highest level of competition, Grade 1.
Established in 1902 in the village of Torphichen, the band is one of the oldest civilian pipe bands still in operation today and has had many illustrious years of competitive success whilst serving its local community dutifully. In 2011 the band restarted its Novice Juvenile programme, with the youngsters practising alongside the adult band every Thursday.
Band practices take place at Armadale Academy on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.30pm - 10.00pm. We are always interested to hear from any players with the ability to compete in Grade 1. Our practices have an open door policy and members of the public and potential new players are always welcome. Alternatively, if interested in playing with the band please feel free to contact any band member or send us a message through this website.