Mid Argyll pipe bands march on the Worlds

Mid-Argyll Pipe Band in a circle at the World Pipe Band Championships 2023 NO-AA34-MidArgyllpipeband-2023-worldchamps

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Mid Argyll Pipe Band will be at the upcoming Cowal Highland Gathering and Dalmally Show hot on the heels of success at the world championships.

The band, led by Pipe Major Alasdair McLean, came 9th overall in their 3B grade when they took on 15 other bands from across the globe including Australia, Canada and Ireland at the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green earlier this month.

This is only the band’s second season after Covid and chairman Allan McLean is proud as punch.

“We were a much smaller band compared to the others so we were hard up against it from the start but we did fantastically; it was a great result.

“We’ve got a lot of young players. Playing at such a huge event in front of so many people was a great experience for them. The atmosphere was incredible,” said Mr McLean.

Mid Argyll Pipe Band are in action again at The Cowal Highland Gathering in Dunoon this Saturday August 26 and also at Dalmally Show on Saturday September 2.

Previous World Champions Inveraray and District Pipe Band, led by Pipe Major Stuart Liddell MBE and Leading Drummer Steven McWhirter, came third over-all in the Grade 1 finals, with top spot going to Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band from West Lothian and second place to Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland.

This year’s ultimate battle of the bands attracted around 35,000 spectators seeing 15 countries represented by 190 bands made up of just under 9,000 pipers and drummers.

The largest contingent of bands – a total of 116 – came from Scotland.

Earlier in the week the Inveraray pipe major once again won the prestigious P-M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Recital-Challenge, originally called the Lord Todd Bar Recital-Challenge, at the Strathclyde Suite of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Piping Live! week of events.

Stuart Liddell performed against Callum Beaumont of Linlithgow; Angus MacColl, Benderloch; Matt MacIsaac, Aurora, Ontario; and Sarah Muir, Glasgow.