Buchan Pipe Band travelled to Glasgow last Friday to play first in the “Grade 2” event at The Scottish Pipe Band Championship at Dumbarton on the shores of Loch Lomond.
The group, under Pipe Major Scott Oliphant, travelled with high expectations after wins at the British and European Championships but were delighted to be runners up to Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band.
Band secretary, Malcolm Sweet, said: “Travelling the day before was the right thing to do. Playing just after 1pm would have meant leaving Peterhead around 4am otherwise. Another top prize justified the decision”.
The band will now host its own competition at Aden Park on Sunday.
The following week sees the band travel to Glasgow on Thursday for rehearsal ahead of The World Pipe Band Championships to be held in Glasgow Green on Saturday 17.
The event runs over two days this year with the main Grade 1 finals held on the Sunday.
Chairman of the organisation, Robert Skinner, said: “With several foreign bands entering the mix we will face strong opposition particularly from the American and Canadian bands whose main focus is purely to win The World Championship. To come away with a top prize would put “Buchan” firmly on the world stage”.