Pip­ing hot

The Oban Times - - FRONT PAGE -

OBAN High School Pipe Band are pip­ing hot af­ter putting in a stir­ring per­for­mance at a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions in Gourock.

OBAN High School Pipe Band and In­ver­aray Pipe Band got the pip­ing sea­son off on the right note last Sun­day, May 14, by sweep­ing the boards over a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions in Gourock.

The 6.50am early start for high school pupils, many of whom are study­ing for ex­ams, did not deter the hardy pipers and drum­mers as both school bands got full marks.

This is the first ma­jor pipe band com­pe­ti­tion of the sea­son and both Oban and In­ver­aray did Argyll proud by com­ing back with the sil­ver­ware.

Pip­ing com­pe­ti­tions are graded into sec­tions depend­ing upon pre­vi­ous per­for­mance and then into novice and ju­ve­nile sec­tions.

Oban High School Pipe Band won first place in both the Novice Ju­ve­nile A and Novice Ju­ve­nile B com­pe­ti­tions. Pip­ing ad­ju­di­ca­tors for Novice B were R Shaw and J Wark, with J Bax­ter ad­ju­di­cat­ing drum­ming and J No­ble ad­ju­di­cat­ing en­sem­ble.

Oban High School took first place from both pip­ing ad­ju­di­ca­tors and sec­ond place from the pip­ing ad­ju­di­ca­tor – giv­ing them five over­all points. Sec­ond place was se­cured for Dum­bar­ton and District Pipe Band who se­cured seven points and in third place with 12 points was Ren­frew­shire Schools Pipe Band.

In the Novice A com­pe­ti­tion, the same ad­ju­di­ca­tors for the com­pe­ti­tion marked Oban High School Pipe Band with first place in pip­ing and a sec­ond place in drum­ming with an over­all five points. Sec­ond was 1st Troon Boys Bri­gade with seven points and Dunoon Gram­mar School with 12 points.

Get­ting off to a tremen­dous start to the sea­son In­ver­aray and District Pipe Band won the over­all Grade One com­pe­ti­tion with sec­ond place go­ing to Scot­tish Power, third Johnstone and fourth the Glas­gow Skye As­so­ci­a­tion.

Oban High School Pipe Band com­pet­ing at Gourock.

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