The first season back in grade two for many years has now come to an end with the band struggling to break into the prize list at the major competitions.
The players will be disappointed with the results despite putting in some creditable performances, but know the only solution is more hard work over the winter months.
Changes will be made to the tunes which were played in 2018 and a number of new players have joined the band, so it is hoped better results are not too far off.
Research into the early days of the band continues and old photographs and information from over 100 years ago are still occasionally coming to light. An upsurge of interest in genealogy and the relative ease of researching family history on sites such as Ancestry have helped greatly is putting people with similar interests in touch with each other.
It is impossible to say how much information and how many photographs are waiting to be discovered, but the band is always delighted to hear from the families of former members who are willing to share their knowledge of bygone days.
Here is one example shared by the family of PM T D McLuckie, which shows the pipe major listening to a brass band at the Linlithgow Marches. Pipe Major McLuckie died in January 1914, so the photo is from 1913 or earlier.
The band will be heading across the water to Northern Ireland on Friday to take part in the UK Pipe Band Championships. This is a relatively new contest, which was brought in a few years ago to replace the Cowal Gathering as one of the five major contests of the year.
The Championship will be held in the grounds of Stormont House and in recent times has been a happy hunting ground for the band.
After being placed second in grade 3B in 2016, they followed it up with first place in grade 3A. Returning in 2018 and now playing in grade 2, they will be doing their best to once again bring home a trophy.
Good Luck to Neil, Peter and the rest of the band.
UK Championships 2016
The band has spent the long winter nights
preparing new music and resurrecting some
older favourites for their forthcoming concert.
“There and Back Again” hints at the band’s recent successes
and their aim of returning once more to the top grade.
The show, which will be held in the Dobbie Hall, Larbert on
Friday 20th April, will also feature performances
from two of the best solo pipers in the country.
Alasdair Henderson, the current pipe sergeant of the
2017 Grade One World Champions, Inveraray and District,
who then topped a brilliant solo season by winning the
Gold Medal for piobaireachd at the Northern Meeting in Inverness,
will be sure to impress .
Also in the a star studded line up will be Sergeant Ben Duncan
of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
Ben amassed over 70 solo prizes in 2017 including the “A” grade March, Strathspey and Reel at the Northern Meeting and was named The Highlands & Islands “Young Piper of the Year”.
MC for the evenings proceedings will be the founder of the “Red Hot Chilli Pipers” and former Wallacestone pipe band member, Stuart Cassells.
Tickets for the show are £12.50 each and can be obtained by contacting the band through its Facebook page of any band member.
It should be an excellent evenings entertainment so don’t miss it.
The band received the recognition they deserved today (23rd September) when the music board of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association met and announced the regradings for the 2018 competition season.
Both Wallacestone, who finished as Champion of Champions in grade 3A and the Royal Burgh of Stirling, who finished as runners up, have been promoted to grade 2.
This was a fantastic achievement for the band who were only promoted into grade 3A twelve months ago.
Well done to all at Wallacestone and to PM Mark Sutherland of the Royal Burgh of Stirling.
Good luck for next season.
The band were slightly below their best at Dumbarton last weekend but still managed a top three finish which keeps them top of the table with only the World Championships on 12th of August between them and the Champion of Champions title.
The band are now 6 points clear of their nearest rivals and must now be clear favourites for the title.
The grade 3A World title was also be nice after finishing in the runner up spot last year in grade 3B.
Keep up the hard work!
Another Major title was added to this seasons successes
when the band took the grade 3A European Champions
last weekend in Forres.
This now leaves the band five points clear in the race
for the coveted Champion of Champions title, with
the Scottish and World titles still to play for.
A brilliant result for the band. Well done.
The band travelled to Belfast last weekend to attend the UK Pipe Band Championships
which were held on the Stormont Estate in the city. Playing third out of a field of 14 bands in grade 3A they put in there best performance of the year to win the UK title.
A brilliant result for the band who were only promoted into the grade at the
end of last season.
They will travel up to Forres at the end of the month and are hoping for a similar result
at the European Championships.
The band put in a very creditable performance at the first Major Championship of the season at Paisley and despite being newly promoted to the grade and having an early draw, managed to finish in 5th place.
The following week at the West Lothian Games in Bathgate, the band had a clean sweep of trophies in grade 3 and finished 2nd in the grade 2 contest. The drummers also had a successful day, taking the drumming prize in both grades, best bass section in grade 3 and even won the Marching & Discipline to round off a very successful afternoon.
British Championships 2017
The event was well recorded by Kenny Ritchie, husband of the band’s
new bass drummer Fiona, whose photo album can be viewed by following this link.
Wallacestone’s first outdoor contest of the season took place at Dunbar on Saturday 13th May where the band once again finished 1st in grade 3, this time from a field of 9 bands.
Pipe Major Neil Henderson was delighted with the result, which was a great preparation for the British Championships at Paisley on Saturday 20th May.
Drummer Eilidh Young who is from Sydney Australia and was playing with the band for the first time also seemed to be very happy with the win.
Good luck to all who are traveling to Paisley at the weekend.