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
Wallacestone’s UK Championship performance
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.
Saturday 16th April will be the first indoor contest of the season at James Young High School in Dedridge, Livingston. It will the first chance for the band to gauge what effect their hard work over the winter months has had on their playing, and will be followed by a second indoor contest in Dundee on 23rd April.
Last Saturday a mini band took part in a Community Fun Day at Tesco in Redding, Falkirk which was an opportunity for a few of the younger members to perform in public. It was also the first showing for the band’s new drums, complete with new heads for the bass drum, which again carry an image of Sir William Wallace as designed by local artist Murray Robertson and are now synonymous with the Wallacestone & District Pipe Band.
Pipe Major Neil Henderson was delighted to accept a cheque from Tesco for supporting their Community Day.
The band enjoyed some mixed results over the season but finished in 5th place in the Champion of Champions and looking forward to a great season in 2016.
After the contests were over a Halloween fancy dress night was held at the Greenpark Centre in Polmont,
where many, including the bass section, went to great lengths to make the night a success.
The band also recently held its annual dinner dance at the Abbotsinch in Grangemouth where drummer “Del” Hutchins won the coveted “Cooper Trophy” for his outstanding efforts (mainly in keeping us all amused) during the 2015 season. After a lengthy acceptance speech in which he thanked Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly for their assistance, he posed for a photo
with his delighted father.
The band competed at this years championships and played their MSR well in the qualifying heat, which they finished in first place.
They played well again in the final but sadly just missed out on a prize, finishing in 7th place, with the drummers being placed second.
This being the last major championship of the season, the Champion of Champion prizes were also awarded, with Colmcille Pipe band winning grade 3B and Wallacestone in 5th place.
In the drumming, Upper Crossgare were named as the champions in the grade with Wallacestone finishing in 2nd place.
Well done to all the band.
The band competed in beautiful sunshine at the Scottish Championships
on 25th July, which were held in Levengrove Park, Dumbarton.
After putting in a very solid medley performance they were delighted to
finish in second place.
- PM Neil Henderson &
LD Stewart Gardiner
Congratulations to Colmcille Pipe Band who finished in first place
and also to Upper Crossgare who took the drumming prize back
to Northern Ireland.
The band are now looking forward to the World Championships
whish will be held in Glasgow on 15th August.
Since the band’s success at Bathgate early in the season they have competed in another two major championships. The UK Championships were held at Sormont Estate in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where a poor break in the middle of the band’s medley pushed them out of the prize list.The European Championships which were held in Forres saw the band bounce back with another solid MSR performance. Again, a disappointing place from the ensemble judge kept the band out of the top 6 places, but there was some consolation by the drum corps winning the grade 3B drumming prize.