Pipe Band visits Canada

Published on 30 July 2015 by Mrs Fiona MacFarlane Categories: Music & Drama

The Pipe Band at Niagara Falls July 2015At the start of the holidays the Pipes & Drums departed for Ontario, Canada to prepare for the second half of the pipe band competitive season. 

The trip began with some sightseeing in Toronto, some shopping at the Eaton Centre and the now regular barbeque at the house of a previous pipe band member’s grandmother ‘Nanny Goat’. As usual the evening was a huge success with great food, entertainment, company – a typical example of the 'Watson's family’ hospitality!

The band attended Embro Highland Games on Wednesday 1 July where Pipe Major Iain Simpson was asked to officially open the games. The band performed their competition medley to an enthusiastic crowd and secured first place.

The next day they visited the spectacular Niagara Falls and the picturesque Niagara on the Lake.

The band travelled to Kincardine on Friday where they enjoyed a busy weekend. There they performed a concert during the Opening Ceremony. Most pupils participated in at least one solo piping or drumming event on the Saturday morning. A phenomenal number of solo prizes were awarded to GWC pupils on the day! After parading along the main street, the band won the adult Grade 3 competition gaining a first place from all four adjudicators. The band performed another short concert for the Closing Ceremony on Sunday before travelling back to Toronto.

After the hectic weekend, the pupils and staff enjoyed a trip to the Canada Wonderland theme park.

A wonderful time for all involved and the pupils were a credit to Watson’s gaining many compliments for their manners and behaviour.

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