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    today's Worlds dress

    I was up at 2:45am Pacific time, cafe mocha in hand, to watch the first World Pipe Band Championships since 2019.

    Today (Friday) was intended to be the Grade One Qualifier, however since the number of bands entered didn't exceed the number which were to be promoted to the Final tomorrow (14) today and tomorrow feature the same bands.

    It was announced that a total of around 150 bands were competing this year, down from (as I recall) around 225 bands pre-Covid.

    Some bespoke tartans made their Worlds Grade One debut today, I post photos of them here http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/s...45#post1400145

    As usual competition breeds conformity, for example all of the Grade One bands pleated their kilts to the stripe, all were wearing waistcoats sans jackets, all wore Glengarries and ghillies, all but one wore white shirts, and all but three wore striped ties.

    The change which has already taken place is that none wore white hose and only one wore black; the remainder were dark blue or dark grey.

    Another change which appears practically complete is that only three bands wore the black Barathea/silver button waistcoat; in 2014 all but a couple bands wore them.

    Most bands are wearing tweed waistcoats now, with imitation staghorn buttons, in deep blue or dark grey.

    About the bagpipes, looks like every band except for Saint Lawrence O Toole is wearing dark blue covers, nearly all with silver trim, none with gold.

    All of this is disappointing to me, as I had predicted bands moving towards brown tweeds and earth-toned tartans.

    The punctuated equilibrium of the Pipe Band world is taking its own sweet time getting around to the punctuating part.
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    Thatís too bad that all the bands are playing it safe again.

    im not surprised theyíre down 75 bands. Itís good to hear that itís resumed. If I didnít have to work overtime I would be watching it as well. Hopefully the music is better than the attire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    I was up at 2:45am Pacific time, cafe mocha in hand, to watch the first World Pipe Band Championships since 2019.

    Today (Friday) was intended to be the Grade One Qualifier, however since the number of bands entered didn't exceed the number which were to be promoted to the Final tomorrow (14) today and tomorrow feature the same bands.

    It was announced that a total of around 150 bands were competing this year, down from (as I recall) around 225 bands pre-Covid.

    Some bespoke tartans made their Worlds Grade One debut today, I post photos of them here http://www.xmarksthescot.com/forum/s...45#post1400145

    As usual competition breeds conformity, for example all of the Grade One bands pleated their kilts to the stripe, all were wearing waistcoats sans jackets, all wore Glengarries and ghillies, all but one wore white shirts, and all but three wore striped ties.

    The change which has already taken place is that none wore white hose and only one wore black; the remainder were dark blue or dark grey.

    Another change which appears practically complete is that only three bands wore the black Barathea/silver button waistcoat; in 2014 all but a couple bands wore them.

    Most bands are wearing tweed waistcoats now, with imitation staghorn buttons, in deep blue or dark grey.

    About the bagpipes, looks like every band except for Saint Lawrence O Toole is wearing dark blue covers, nearly all with silver trim, none with gold.

    All of this is disappointing to me, as I had predicted bands moving towards brown tweeds and earth-toned tartans.

    The punctuated equilibrium of the Pipe Band world is taking its own sweet time getting around to the punctuating part.
    Are you watching this event in person, or is it being streamed online somewhere?

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    It's been streamed online by the BBC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e3x5q9/live/c99bj5). As of right now (14:08 Eastern US time), they're going through the awards ceremonies. They're up to the grade 3A pipe bands (starting with Juvenile Drum Major awards working up to the grade 1 pipe bands).
    John

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    What the actual mother of Christ is going on with Scottish Powerís pipe bag covers? It looks like they were running short on material and instead of ordering up some more they said to hell with it. Itís 28 degrees Celsius out. Hey Angus, get the silver thermal blankets. Weíll use half of them per pipe bag. Letís do the front half.
    I hope this doesnít become a trend. Itís the only thing that looks worse the bright white socks

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    Quote Originally Posted by piperalpha View Post
    What the actual mother of Christ is going on with Scottish Power’s pipe bag covers? I hope this doesn’t become a trend.
    They wore those at the 2019 Worlds as well, Mylar things over the front half of the bag-covers.

    They're supposed to keep the sun from heating up the reeds. Bob Worrall was saying they must be doing their job because Power's tone held...but so did the tone from FMM and Inveraray, who came in ahead of them.



    (Another puzzling thing about their pipes is why the Royal Stewart cords?)

    It was 84f with 80% humidity today in Glasgow Green. It was nice that the bands had Friday to help get their pipes accustomed to the unusual weather! There were a lot of drifting chanters and drones, and early chanters and late drones, on Friday. Today the pipes were much more settled.

    The announced results today were

    1. Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
    2. Inveraray (Scotland)
    3. Scottish Power (Scotland)
    4. Saint Lawrence O Toole (Republic of Ireland/Eire)
    5. Boghall and Bathgate (Scotland)
    6. Simon Fraser University (Canada)

    The newcomers all sounded like they belonged! Nice playing from Dunedin (USA) Closkelt (Northern Ireland) and Saint Thomas Alumni (USA).
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    Last edited by OC Richard; 13th August 22 at 06:01 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OC Richard View Post
    They wore those at the 2019 Worlds as well, Mylar things over the front half of the bag-covers.

    They're supposed to keep the sun from heating up the reeds. Bob Worrall was saying they must be doing their job because Power's tone held...but so did the tone from FMM and Inveraray, who came in ahead of them.
    Back in the day, when I played with a grade 1 band in southern Ontario summer heat, to keep our reeds cool and provide some needed moisture we used to put a couple of small chunks of ice in our sheepskin bags just before marching up to the line. Less flashy than Scottish Power's solution, but it worked.

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