On 9 June, Stow Caledonian (SCPB) headed to Pipes in the Park in Colchester. It was a great day all around, with excellent turnout from the bands and the spectators, and we were fortunate to have terrific weather for the outdoor contest (some sunburns were had and lessons around SPF learned…).
We competed in the Quartets and the Grade 4 March, playing our Captain Norman Orr Ewing set, which we’ve been working on this past year.
Our quartet was led by Pipe Major Gareth Utting, and our pipers placed 3rd.
We placed 8th in the band competition, with the pipers also placing 8th and the drummers placing 7th (piping scores are worth double points). We had lots to be proud of and we took away good, constructive comments that will help us improve, which we’re always striving to do; the band in its current composition is relatively new to competing.
Several of our pipers also competed in the solos, and we’re incredibly proud of all of them. In particular, Pipe Major Gareth Utting placed 3rd, 1st, 1st and 2nd in the 6/8, the March, the Strathspey and Reel, and the Piobaireachd, respectively, while Lachlan McDonald placed 3rd in the the March, the Strathspey and Reel, and the Piobaireachd.
Pipes in the Park typically rounds out the competition season for SCPB, although we’re hoping to make it out to further contests in the coming years, including the Corby Highland Gathering and the Island Highland Gathering on the Isle of Wight.
We have upcoming events and performances this summer, including Armed Forces Day, so be sure to look for us in the Waltham Forest area.