The Lewis Pipe Band has once again returned with some silverware for the trophy cabinet, after placing 5th in the European Championships in Forres following their promotion to Grade 3B.
This means the band have returned with a trophy from every competition they’ve entered in the last three years.
After being promoted for the second time in two years at the end of last year, the Band had a considerable challenge on their hands to prepare for the new grade with a completely new set of tunes.
The hard work and dedication paid off yet again as the band made their way home with another shield to engrave their name on.
The four judges had lots of positives to say about the band including being “very promising”, which gives the band a great confidence boost as they now head into preparations for their debut at the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green this August the 16th.
Pipe Major Peter Mackay said: “To enter into Grade 3B was pretty daunting for all of us, as this meant we had to really up our game to compete against bigger and more well-established competition bands that compete every week throughout the summer.
“But as usual we knuckled down and worked hard, and to come away with a prize on our first attempt in this grade is an incredible achievement. The World Championships will be an even tougher challenge, but we hope to put extra effort in over the next 6 weeks and hope to do the Island proud against bands from all over the world.”
The Band would like to thank all those that helped to get us to the competitions, including Lochs Motor Transport, Harris Tweed Scotland, Harris Tweed Hebrides and O’Mac Construction. Special thanks also go to the public who support us at every parade and donate towards band funds.