Gilnahirk Pipe Band

Formed 1919

Ulster Championships 2013, Newtownards

After the unusually late playing time in Bangor, it was back to normal with Newtownards for the Ulster Championships. The Band was set to play shortly after 11am which meant a 9am rendezvous at Londonderry Park. Thankfully, Ards is just a short jaunt for most of the players, so it wasn't too early a start.

Once again, the Band was pleased to have a few additional players in the ranks, although some late tuning issues meant that no everyone made it to the line. Notwithstanding those problems, Gilnahirk strode to the line sounding and looking well and put in a creditable performance.

In common with every outing this year, Band members were frequently stopped during the course of the day to be complimented on the new MacDuff tartan kilts and the new look generally. It is gratifying to hear that the general public has taken so well to the change. Having worn the Muted Lochaber for so long, there was always a risk that people would react negatively - but we need not have worried!

The Ulster Championships is always a well attended affair and even some slightly inclement weather couldn't dampen enthusiasm on the day. In terms of results, the Band once again missed out on the prizes but we are continuing to improve and see this season as one in which to make progress ahead of a more concerted charge over the Winter and into 2014.

Rounding off the day in some style, the Band was crowned Grade 4B Ulster Marching & Deportment champions - it's nice to get recognition for the uniforms and for our drill in the arena - we would just love to add a few more playing prizes to the trophy cabinet!

The Band will not be playing in the World Championships in Glasgow this year, so the next outing will be the last of the season - in Portrush on 24th August. Why not come and say hello?