The band has been quiet lately as we have been preparing for our August competition trip to Scotland. Twelve pipers and seven drummers will be flying to sunny Edinburgh next week to try our luck competing against pipe bands from all across the world. This year the Vienna band will be joined by 3 very experienced musicians, our good friends Irmi Foglar and Maggie Jeschofnig from Austria and Mai Ki from Germany.
The main event will be the Grade 4B competition at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow on the 17th August 2019. We will also play in North Berwick and Perth on the 10th and 11th August, where we will play in Grades 4B and 4A.
This will be our 5th season competing in Scotland and our 3rd trip to the Worlds. In our last competition season in 2017 we had our best results yet: 6th place at North Berwick, 4th place at Bridge of Allan, and qualification for the Grade 4B finals at the Worlds, where we were up against 60 other bands. We came 2nd out of of 19 bands in our qualifying heat, and then managed a respectable 11th place out of 18 finalists. This year we hope to improve on this result.
It takes a lot of hard work and harder cash to get the whole band to Scotland, and we would like to thank our many loyal supporters who come along to our Burns Nights, Whisky Tastings and other events and help us raise the funds that make it possible.
We’ll try and do Vienna proud, in the competition circle and the beer tent!