Met pipers in world competition
SUBIACO-BASED Perth Metro Pipe Band will take on some of the best pipe players across the world when they compete in the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships later this year.
The band members, who have been playing together for the past nine years, will compete in their first World Championship together in August.
Pipe major James Cowie, who previously attended the 1998 World Championship with the WA Police Pipe Band, said he was “quietly confident” the team would do well.
“Because Perth is so isolated it has been hard to match ourselves up against other bands, but I think the band could potentially do very well,” he said.
“For a lot of our members this is the first time they have competed overseas, so everyone is very excited, and it will be a great experience for them.”
The 2016 World Pipe Band Championships is held in Glasgow with the trip costing $120,000 for all 32 members to go.
Mr Cowie said the band were relying on fundraising to help get the team to Glascow.
He said the band were holding a Celtic Shindig to raise money for the trip.
“This fundraising event is very important because we need to raise money for accommodation and to reimburse members who have had to pay for their own flights,” he said.
The Celtic Shindig will be held on May 28 from 6pm at Morley Recreation Centre.
Tickets are $70 and include a two-course dinner and entertainment. To book tickets visit www.facebook.com/celticshindig2016.
Pipe major James Cowie is quietly confident the team would do well.