Vienna Pipes and Drums are safely back home after our 2019 competition trip to Scotland. The band had a great time and put on two strong competition performances.
We started well with a 4th place trophy at North Berwick Highland Games on the 10th August. The main event was the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on the 17th August, where we competed in a tightly contested Grade 4B Qualifier 2. We were up against 19 other bands from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, and Malaysia, including some very experienced competition bands. We came 8th overall, unfortunately not quite good enough to reach the final with the 6 top bands.
We were disappointed not to qualify for the final but the band is very proud of their Worlds performance. Feedback from the audience was positive and we were happy to be scored with two 6th places by the piping judges. We know where we need to improve for our next attempt.
This was our 5th season competing in Scotland and our 3rd trip to the World Pipe Championships. We plan to compete in Switzerland or Germany in 2020 and then return to Scotland in 2021 for another run at the Worlds. Practise starts now! Experienced pipers and drummers who are interested in competing with us should contact the band through our website or the band Facebook page.