THE drum corps of the Rothesay and District Grade 3 Pipe Band finished the season in style at the recent Cowal Highland Gathering when they lifted the much-sought-after Champion of Champions title in their grade for the second year running.
Awarded to the band with the most points in drumming at the five major contests held over the course of the summer – the Scottish, British, European, World and Cowal championships – the band’s drummers secured the title with a third place in Dunoon, making them the only band to be placed in the top six at all five championships.
The Grade 3 band as a whole finished third in the champion of champions table, just behind St Laurence O’Toole, from Ireland, and their Scottish counterparts Stamperland, after being placed second on the day.
The Rothesay novice juvenile band, meanwhile, also performed well in their last competitive outing of the year and improved on their 2010 result.
The band currently receives funding through Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative to provide tuition for young people in piping and drumming, and the young people coming through the ranks highlight the excellent work being carried out by the band’s tutors.
The Rothesay bands are almost unique in the pipe band world through being composed entirely of local people – all of them taught in their home town.
The end of summer means a break from competition for both bands – but practice resumes next week, when the hard work starts for next year!