Dollar A Band Crowned Juvenile World Champions
The Dollar Academy A Band were crowned Juvenile World Champions at the World Pipe Band Championships held on Glasgow Green on Saturday 15 August. The B Band held their own in the Novice Juvenile Grade competition at Glasgow Green with a very strong performance, which earned them third place on the day.
Enormous congratulations go to the Academy pipe bands for their successes at ‘The Worlds’. A total of 230 pipe bands (comprising 8000 pipers and drummers) from 16 nations converged on Glasgow Green to compete in the two-day event; there were 320 performances in total. It is a spectacular international competition, the crowning glory of the pipe band competition calendar and its prizes are much sought-after and very hard-fought. All told, the event featured a solid 32 hours of pipe band music; the 40 000 spectators who turned out to watch were not disappointed.
The A band, after a crowd-rousing performance, earned a first place position from each of the four adjudicators. This is but the latest win in what has been a truly remarkable season, during which the Academy’s pipe band has taken first place at each of the major competitions this summer. This very noteworthy achievement testifies to the degree of talent, dedication and pure hard work invested by every member of the pipe band (and, of course, their tutors). Their accumulation of successes has earned them the well-deserved title: 'Champion of Champions'.
As a result of their successes throughout the season, the B band have also been awarded the title 'Champion of Champions'.
Dollar Academy’s Rector, Mr David Knapman, said, ‘I am delighted that our Pipe Band has won the 2015 Juvenile Grade World Championships for the second time in succession. In the process they completed a calendar Grand Slam, the first in the school’s history. This is an outstanding achievement and thoroughly deserved.’
Heartfelt congratulations are due to the members of Dollar Academy’s pipe bands; we wish them continued success as the new competition season begins.