On top of the World!Wednesday 24th August 2016
1st Troon BB Pipe Band have been crowned World Champions 2016 in their class at the recent World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green.
Over 230 Pipe Bands from across the world competed over 12th and 13th August with 40,000 people in attendance and thousands more following the action via live web streaming. It is the biggest Pipe Band event of the year and brings together the best pipers and drummers from around the globe.
The 1st Troon band was competing against 20 international bands in their class, and for the first time in its history, the band was awarded first place and crowned World Champions 2016.
Snare drummer, Jack Storrie, 17, said:
“It was a great feeling as a band to win the World Championship title. It gives us motivation to go on and have more success in the future.”
Currently there are over 55 boys aged 9-18 years receiving tuition from a team of volunteer instructors. Amongst the band members are three sets of brothers and one set of twins. Some members have recently returned from a second tour of China where they even played on the Great Wall!
Jack Donnelly, 17, who plays the bagpipes in the band, added:
“Being a World Champion is an unbelievable feeling. We all had to work so hard for so long and I’m delighted it eventually paid off. There’s no way we could have done it without everyone who gives up their time to tutor us. This is their victory as well.”
The band is likely to be promoted into the next grade for next year’s championships.