Thursday, November 13, 2008

On The Day

Please visit this YouTube link and see the trailer for the documentary on the Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band...
If you are so inclined, please become a sponsor so we can get this as a full feature documentary. Info is at the end of the video.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

It's a Knockout!

On November 7, 2008, the British Columbia Piper's Association hosted the Professional Knockout at the Scottish Cultural Centre in Vancouver. James P. triumphantly made it through to the next round! He also judged the drumming portion along with Duncan Millar, who just happens to be married to a family member, Dani Brin (now Millar). Both are members of the SFU Pipe Band and have just come off their World Championship win.
There are pictures of the event on the BC Piper's website (click on the link above). If you are interested in information about the next Knockout, please click here.
A recording of James P. playing his selection on the evening will be posted soon! Please stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Postcards from London

How fitting....

We have a couple of these in the shop....

The result...

Pints and sightseeing with Andrea Boyd, who placed 2nd in the Grade A/B MSR

Abbey Road

You may know these people....

To celebrate the wins and to top off the trip, a meal at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen...

All photos are courtesy of Ryan MacDonald...some taken with a fisheye lens.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

The Results Are In!

A quick phone call from London on Saturday brought the news that James P. came away with a 1st in Piobaireachd, 3rd in H/J and a 5th in the MSR. Being the only competitor in the B&C Grade that received a prize in all three events, he was the overall winner, winning the Angus Nicol Award. Way to go JP! He will be celebrating in style at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant for sure...Ryan was there for support so hopefully she snapped some photies along the way.
Of special note, Bruce Gandy, a native Victorian as well as a dear family friend...and a pretty damn good piper, came away with a 5th in the Bratach Gorm (Premier Piobaireachd). Iain Speirs, a fellow Spirit of Scotland-er, won that event. Leader of the Spirit....P/M Roddy MacLeod won the London Medallion for the Premier MSR as well as placing 2nd in the Premier March. These three fellas, plus James P. of course, were all playing Troy reeds! Other Spirit of Scotland-ers were amongst the prize list, not surprisingly. Jack Lee, another Canadian representative, came out well too. Well done to all!
The full breakdown can be found here: