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Pipe bands to bat­tle at Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing.

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THERE can’t be a Scot­tish cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion with­out a pipe band or two.

Next month’s Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing will be no ex­cep­tion, with some of WA’s best pipe bands, in­clud­ing cur­rent Na­tional Grade 1 cham­pi­ons the WA Po­lice Pipe Band, set to con­verge on Frog Hol­low near Min­nawarra Park for the event.

The bands will use the event to go head-to-head in a heated com­pe­ti­tion be­fore unit­ing at the end of the day for a trib­ute to their Scot­tish ties via a massed pipe band pro­ces­sion.

WA Po­lice Pipe Band of­fi­cer in charge Ian Ste­wart said each year the 15-mem­ber band par­tic­i­pated in the event it had got­ten “big­ger and bet­ter” and they were look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing.

“We al­ways look for­ward to en­gag­ing with the com­mu­nity at Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing; the boom­ing sound of bag­pipes and drums al­ways help to bring out a very large crowd,” he said.

“For the first part of the com­pe­ti­tion the band will play var­i­ous se­lec­tion of mu­sic com­bined to­gether for be­tween six and seven min­utes called MSR (march, strathspey and reel).

“The sec­ond part of the com­pe­ti­tion is called a med­ley.

“This also must last be­tween six and seven min­utes long and is judged on var­i­ous as­pects of that mu­sic be­ing played.”

The Perth Kilt Run and Ar­madale High­land Gath­er­ing is on Septem­ber 9 at Min­nawarra Park, Ar­madale.

Pipe bands will be con­verg­ing on Ar­madale for the High­land Gath­er­ing.

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