Burntisland band is piping hot!

Burntisland and District Pipe Band who won Grade 4B at the recent Worlds Pipe Band Championship.
Burntisland and District Pipe Band who won Grade 4B at the recent Worlds Pipe Band Championship.
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Burntisland and District Pipe Band picked up silverware at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow at the weekend.

The band returned home from the world’s top piping competition, more affectionately known as the Worlds, where it finished first in the Grade 4B category with a wealth of prizes.

Over 200 pipe bands and 8000 pipers from 14 nations including France, the USA, Oman, Australia, New Zealand and Canada all congregated on Glasgow Green to compete in the biggest event in the piping calendar.

One of the oldest civilian bands in Scotland, thought to date back to the 1920s, the Burntisland & District band has been taking part in the world championships for the past 15 years.

It has enjoyed one of the best piping seasons in its history so far, having won the British championships, then coming second at the Scottish championship earlier this year, and also finishing with the first place position in its Grade at the Worlds.

The band faced some stiff competition from other bands from across the world but still managed to bring a trophy home to Fife.

Denis Johnstone, the band secretary, said: “We are all so chuffed to win at the event.We’re so proud of ourselves and each other.

“ There were 59 bands taking part in the competition in total in Grade 4, and they were split across four different heats.

“They were soon whittled down and we won all of our heats which was just great.

“The type of songs played do depend on the grade that a band features in.

“We played some upbeat marching songs that had to be submitted well in advance to the judges.

“It also gave us a good chance to get as many practice sessions in before the weekend as possible.

“We have taken part in five competitions this year alone and have done really well in all of them, including UK, European and Scottish competitions and of course the Worlds,” continued Denis.

“On top of the band as a whole winning some silverware, the drummers from our group also took part in a separate competition where they also did amazingly well. This helped add to the trophies that we had already won. It really has been a fantastic achievement for everyone involved.”

The band is looking for more young people to learn and take up the pipes or drums.

Visit its Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com/burntislandanddistrictpipeband.