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Pipe band readies for competition

September 19, 2014

Kelsi Ford / The Courier - The MC Pipe Band marching in the Prime Beef Festival.It has been over three years, but a select group of students are getting the band back together – the pipe band, that is. With the addition of five pipers and three drummers, the band qualifies as an official pipe band and is eligible to compete in competitions.

Alistair Ramsay, pipe major, is excited at the new possibilities.

“This year’s new recruits have not only helped increase the size of our band, but they also have a lot of quality within their playing,” said Ramsay, a senior.

The band now has nine pipers, three drummers and one base drummer total, but newcomer Cameron Bolley is far from new to the world of pipe band. Prior to Monmouth College, Bolley played drum with some of the top pipe bands in the world and placed fifth at the North American championships in January, to name a couple of tournaments.

“I played at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland last August and finished 9th overall at the highest level of competition with the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band from Vancouver, BC,” Bolley said.
The band is looking forward to competing in the Chicago area, the Quad Cities and other places, such as a competition at Lions College in Arkansas. In addition, four pipe band members will be competing at Winter Storm, which is an annual competition in the Kansas City region.

In the meantime, the Fighting Scots pipe band is looking toward the football season, where they have been practicing new pieces and cannot wait to show Scots fans what they have to offer.

“We have a lot of new fun tunes that will really get the crowd revamped and we can’t wait till October fourth for the next home game, which is also homecoming,” Ramsay said.

This year’s recruits are a good starting point to move forward, especially since the band has already begun studying and practicing music they need to compete next year.

Even though the now seniors will be leaving at the end of this year, Scots Pipe Major has good faith in the bands ability.

“I know that I will be leaving the band in great hands and I cannot wait to return and see how much more they have improved and give them my fullest support,” Ramsay said.

Haley Thompson
Contributing Writer

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