The two Johnstone Pipe Bands concluded their preparations for the upcoming UK Pipe Band Championships in Belfast with three fine performances at Shotts Highland Games on Saturday. The Grade 4 band won their competition and with the Grade 2 band coming first in their own grade and also winning the Grade 1 competition along with the Grade 1 best Drum Corps it made for a fine afternoon in the Lanarkshire sun.  The bands are now looking forward to setting of for Belfast on Friday for the UK competition which will be held at Stormont Estate on Saturday.

Grade 2 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Jr commented, “It was a fine warm up for the UK competition next week and I was delighted to take the three top prizes”

Grade 4 Pipe Major Keith Bowes Sr commented, “It was good to see the Grade 4 band get their first outdoor win of the season and pleasing to see some of the younger members of the band kicking on in their first season competing, there’s still lots of work to do but hopefully we can continue to improve as the season progresses.”

Picture 2 - G2 Drummers

Johnstone Pipe Band are currently on the lookout for sponsorship to help enable them expand and progress the band and their educational activities, for further information please contact the band on 07751 500520.  Details on the band’s learner setup can also be found by calling the same number.