The 2017 competition season got underway in the best possible way at the weekend. Taking part in the Lothian & Borders Branch contest at James Young High,Livingston, the band entered two bands and won both 1st and 2nd prize in the grade 3 mini band contest.
In the solo piping events the band entered three players, with Pipe Major Neil Henderson finishing 3rd in the adult contest. In the 11 years and over, chanter event, Ruth Macdonald finished 1st in her first ever contest, with Connor Anderson taking 3rd place.
A fantastic effort all round, well done to all, especially Ruth’s proud father, piper Stephen Macdonald.
With the 2017 competition season almost upon us and the band newly upgraded to grade 3A, they are currently preparing to take part at the indoor contest at Livingston on Saturday 1st April.
This year marks the 130th anniversary of the formation of Wallacestone & District Pipe Band and as this photograph of a young Willie Bennie, passed to the band last week and taken about 100 years ago shows, there are still photos out there which can be added to the band’s long and rich history.
The band would be delighted to hear from the friends or relatives of any former band members who may have photographs of historical interest which could be added to the archives.
We currently have photographs dating back to around the mid 1890’s, but are sure that the forming of the band in 1887 under Pipe Major John Wilson must have been such a big event for the village of Wallacestone, that photographs must have been taken.
Many thanks to Jim Bennie for the photograph of his late father.
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association has announced that after a meeting of its Music Board on Saturday 17th September, Wallacestone & District is to be promoted to grade 3A.
This is wonderful news for the band after a successful competing season in grade 3A where they finished in 2nd place at the World Championships in Glasgow and 2nd place in the Champion of Champions table for the season, finishing only one point behind Prestonpans RBL.
Congratulations and well done to all of the band who will
now celebrate its 130th anniversary in grade 3A.
After a consistent competing season the band managed to “up it’s game”
and finish in the top three places at the final two Major Championships.
At Dumbarton on 30th July they were placed third at the Scottish Championships
and two weeks later followed that with their best result of the year, finishing in second place
behind Perth Metro Pipe Band from Australia at the World Championships in Glasgow.
Pipe Major Neil Henderson was delighted with the result
which was not announced until almost 8:30pm, after a long
day in which the band had to play a qualifying round at
lunchtime and then compete again in the late afternoon
in a 12 band final. The band must now be one of the
main contenders for upgrading at the end of the season.
Well done to all, fantastic result.
The band enjoyed a successful day at Burntisland in Fife last weekend, winning both the grade 3 and grade 2 contests and also picking up the grade 3 drumming prize.
You can view both of these performances below.
This weekend they will be traveling through to Dumbarton for the Scottish Championships.
The band produced another solid run of their medley in the European Championships which were held in Forres on 25th June and finished a very respectable third place in grade 3B, with the 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAF taking the title.
There is now almost a month until the next major championship which will be held in Dumbarton in July.
The band had a very busy day on Saturday 18th June when they took part in the Linlithgow Gala day, then rushed over to Lochore in Fife to take part in the local contest.
Their efforts paid off, with the band finishing in 1st place in the grade 3 competition and also picking up 3rd place in the grade 2 event. The drummers also acquitted themselves well being placed 1st in grade 3 and 2nd in grade 2.
All in all a long but very successful day, well done everyone.
The band were delighted to bounce back with a much improved performance at Stormont at the weekend where they tied on points with the winning band in grade 3B, narrowly losing out to Matt Boyd Memorial PB on ensemble preference and finishing in second place. The drum corps also acquitted themselves well, one again finishing second behind Bothwell Castle PB.
The band had a fantastic weekend, staying in Bangor
where they were well received in one of the local pubs
and are now looking forward to another weekend away
at the end of the month, when the travel to Forres for the
The band failed to play it’s best at the British Championships but still managed to make the prize list in 6th place.
Since then they have managed to pick up a number of prizes at the smaller games where they won the grade 3 contest at Bathgate and were placed second in both grade 3 and grade 2 at Markinch last weekend.
They are heading over to Northern Ireland on Friday morning to take part in the UK Championships at Stormont this weekend and are hopeful of improving on their placing at Paisley.
The band has made a successful start to the contest season making the prize list at both the indoor contest in Livingston and again at Dunbar where they finished a very creditable 2nd place behind Portlethen from grade 3A.
they are now looking forward to the first major championship of the
season which will be held at Paisley on Saturday 21st May.