Banchory’s pipe band competition is a big draw

Banchory will host its second pipe band championship this Sunday.
Banchory will host its second pipe band championship this Sunday.

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural North of Scotland Pipe Band Competition in Banchory, this year’s event on Sunday (May 15) has attracted 22 bands including Grade 1 bands Scottish Power and Police Scotland Fife.

Additionally two Grade 2 bands from outwith the area will make the journey to compete against top North-east bands in what will be a keenly fought Grade 2 contest.

Graham Gauld, chairman of the RSPBA North of Scotland Branch said: “I’m delighted to see top bands coming to Banchory for this local contest.

“Many of the bands will see the Banchory competition as a warm up for the first of five major championships with the British Championship falling on the following Saturday in Paisley.”

The day will begin at 10.30am with the Grade 4 sections of the competition.

During the lunch break in the pipe band contest, five Drum Majors will be marked on their dress before the marching and flourish section. Soon after, Banchory Pipe Band will play as we welcome Alexander Burnett of Banchory as Chieftain for the day at 1.15pm.

Following on from that the Grade 3, Grade 2 and Grade 1 competitions will take place culminating with massed bands and presentation of awards around 5pm.

It is one of only three local outdoor competitions in the North-east this year.

Gates open at 10am in King George V Park, free car parking, entry £5 (under 12s  £2.50, under 5s free). For details info@visitbanchory.