The Lewis Pipe Band were delighted to see their very own Pipe Major Peter Mackay and Drum Sergeant Ross MacDonald playing as members of a Grade 1 band at the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green last Saturday.
Both players took part in the competition with the New Zealand based Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band, who come over to participate in the World Championships approximately every two years.
The band competed successfully in the Qualifying round first thing in the morning coming fourth out of 13 bands. This paved the way for the final competition in the afternoon. The final consists of two sections, the March, Strathspey & Reel, and the Medley.
They finished a respectable 11th overall and it was Peter’s first time competing at the highest level of Pipe Band playing, Grade 1.
For Ross, who has a wealth of playing experience at this level, this was his second time competing with the Manawatu Scottish Pipe Band at the World Championships.
Many members of the Lewis Pipe Band were there for the day showing their support as well as many other islanders who travel down to Glasgow to attend the competition each year.
The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland were crowned champions on the day in front of a crowd of around 30,000 spectators.
After seeing two of their senior players playing alongside the world’s greatest pipe bands, the Lewis Pipe Band members will no doubt be motivated to take another step in the competition scene in the near future.
The band will be starting their winter practices again soon and welcome any new members who wish to join.