Well the competition season has come to a close with the NH Highland Games at Loon Mountain this past weekend. The band put on a great performance with its new set and although we may not have placed it was a stellar effort by all. A great weekend never the less starting with a great band dinner on Friday night at the Common Man in Ashland NH. A very fun evening with some impromptu entertainment by our own Pipe Sgt Parsons, who by the way made an excellent lunch for the band on Saturday.
Join the band this weekend at the 40th NH Highland Games at Loon Mountain in Lincoln NH. The band will be taking part in the massed band opening ceremony, competing in the Grade 5 band competitions and finishing up with the closing ceremony on Saturday. The band is looking for a strong performance this year and is excited with the musical selection. Good luck to the band in this years competition.
We would like to wish our instructors good luck with the respective bands as they compete in the World Pipe Band Championships is Glasgow Scotland on Friday August 14and Saturday August 15. Our piping instructor Kirk Brunson will be competing with Grade 1 Dowco Triumph Street and our drumming instructor Andrew Adams will be competing with Grade 3A Scotia Glenville. The event will be streaming live via the BBC Scotland on Saturday starting at 9am Scotland time.
The Westford Firefighters Pipes & Drums had the honor of participating in the 25th Marine Corp Change of Command ceremony on July 18th. This was a very impressive ceremony steeped in Marine Corp and military tradition. We performed three times during the ceremony, at the very beginning for the pre-parade serenade, a sound off where we marched before the troops and we closed out the ceremony with the playing of the Marine Corp Hymn.
May was a very busy month for the band. Beginning with May 16th the band marched in the Westford Apple Blossom parade. May 17th saw us in Lowell for their Memorial Day ceremony. May 22nd we were in Ayer at the Page Hilltop Elementary School to play in their Memorial Day ceremony which by far was one of the more enjoyable ceremonies as it was run by the students. On May 24th back in Westford where we participated in the various village ceremonies capped off with the main parade and ceremony at noon. Finally on May 31st we were honored once again to kick off the Eric Currie Memorial Bike Ride.