Met pipers in world com­pe­ti­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d453989

Pipe ma­jor James Cowie is qui­etly con­fi­dent the team would do well.

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