The EUSPBA’s (Eastern United States Pipe Band Association) music board has upgraded Dunedin Pipe Band’s grade 3 band up to grade 2 for the 2015 competition season. The band requested the upgrade after winning the 2014 North American Pipe Band Championships in Grade 3 at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario back on August 2, 2014.
The Dunedin Pipe Band last competed in Grade 2 back in 2008 and is extremely excited to be back in the Grade 2 ranks again. Under the direction of Pipe Major Iain Donaldson, the band has had amazing success in Grade 3 winning the majority of their contests over the last few years and capping off the 2014 season with the North American Championship prize against 11 of North America’s finest Grade 3 units.
“I am very excited and proud of our band being promoted to Grade 2 and look forward to the challenge that awaits the 2015 season.” said Iain Donaldson, Pipe Major of the newly promoted Grade 2 unit and program director for the Scottish programs in Dunedin, FL. “The Dunedin Organization has worked hard and has been dedicated to raising the standard of piping and drumming within the entire program and the six bands it encompasses.”
2015 Grade 2 Competition Plans
The band is working hard to bring a Grade 2 contest to the Dunedin Highland Games in March of 2015 and is also planning a trip back to the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville for the opportunity to play against the best Grade 2 bands North America. Scotland, for the World Pipe Band Championships in August 2015, is also on the table.
“Dunedin Highland Games will be the inaugural competition for the Dunedin Grade 2 Band, and I welcome competitors to choose Dunedin as their destination to begin their 2015 competition season.” said Iain Donaldson.
He also mentions “..the timing of our promotion couldn’t be better. On March 28th, Dunedin Highland Games will be hosting a variety of events for pipers, drummers and pipe bands. EUSPBA sanctioned events on Saturday including Open and Amateur Solos, Grade 2-5 Bands and new for 2015 will be the Dunedin Piping Tide Event hosted by the National Piping Centre and Roddy MacLeod, MBE of Glasgow, Scotland. Friday, March 27th and Sunday, March 29th will have educational classes and an additional amateur solo contest organized by the National Piping Centre. The Grade 2 band is in the process of planning two or three competition trips for the 2015 season.”
About the Dunedin Pipe Band
The Dunedin Pipe Band is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. The Dunedin Pipe Band is under the direction of Pipe Major Iain Donaldson and wears the Edgewater tartan. For more information about the band’s history, visit the About Us page. Please email all questions and/or comments to info@cityofdunedinpipeband.