2010 Archived News
10th Nov November Fancy Dress Fundraiser
02nd Oct Chris Solo Success
30th Sep 2010 AGM
15th Aug 7th in the World
08th Aug Bridge of Allan Place
01st Aug Respectable 6th At Euros
27th Jul Euros Bus Times
26th Jul Euros Practice Schedule
23rd Jul Cowal Draw Out
15th Jul Worlds Draw Out
14th Jul New Website
13th Jul Band off to Spain
05th Jul 3 Prizes at Annan
26th Jun British Championships
10th Jun Gary's Return
31st May Gentlemans Dinner
The band will be holding its Fancy Dress Fundraising Disco on Saturday 20th November 2010.
Everyone is welcome and tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2 for concessions. The band will be making an appearance at some point.
Please dress up if you want to and come along to the Ochiltree Club in Camelon for a fun filled night.
Kids whilst welcomed MUST be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from the committee
Camelon and District Pipe Band were represented by Chris McNiven at the Jim Bird Memorial Solo Drumming Event on Saturday 2nd October.
The event was held in the band hall of Dumbarton and District Pipe Band at Renton, and Chris competed alongside 9 others in the 14 and Under Solo Tenor Drumming.
Gary and Jason accompanied Chris on the day as he took part in his first ever solo event.
A good performance saw Chris pick up a fantastic 3rd place.
An amazing achievement in his first solo event and the first solo prize Camelon has had for many years (we're not sure how many).
Well done to Chris, and Andre for all the support provided to Chris from everyone at the band.
Full results of the days contest can be found on the RSPBA Website
The band held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday Sept 30th at Camelon Education Center.
The new positions were all elected and those who will service on the band committee for 2011 are:
- Chairman - Stephen Moore
- Pipe Major - Gary Nimmo
- Leading Drummer - Jason Lafferty
- Treasurer - Lynda Nimmo
- Secretary - Audrey McNiven
- Quartermaster - Elaine Montgomery
- Pipers Rep - Jamie Connell
- Drummer Rep - Stevie Ramsay
- Parents Rep - Jimmy Miller
To those who have decided to leave the band this year for pastures new, thanks for all your efforts and we wish you all the very best.
The band headed to Glasgow Green on Saturday 14th August for what was out biggest test of a so far successful season, the World Pipe Band Championships.
Gary and Jason had only one objective from the day, to make the final from the 20 band heat. Drawn in heat 2 along with the Scottish, British and European Championships as well as frequent prize winners at home and abroad Heat 2 appeared the toughest of the 3 and with only 4 bands qualifying for the final it was a really tough test.
The band arrived on the Green just after 7am, many of us not sleeping the night before. With our playing slot at 12:40 it was a long wait. Fortunately we caught the Pantry at opening time and thanks to the women in there who managed to feed almost the entire band for the prices of about 3 bacon rolls in the park, so thanks to the Pantry.
The qualification warm up went very well and although slightly nervous the band were going quite well in the final tuning area and carried that performance onto the park. Both Gary and Jason were happy with the run and hopes were high. With 8 bands left to play after us it would be a wait until the announcement in Arena 3 of those 4 lucky bands to make the final.
The chaos around Arena 3 was terrible when we arrived: a small nobo board with the band names on it, or so we heard, you couldn't see for what felt like hundreds of people around the board waiting. With the winners from Heat 1 and Heat 3 already known as they played earlier in the day, those from Heat 2 all waited eagerly. Eventually Gordon Hammil from the RSPBA arrived 10 minutes before the final started with the announcement: first band out Tullintrain from Northern Ireland, second band out Camelo...................YES YES YES, bedlam breaks loose as all our guys jump onto each other. I've never won the Worlds before but if this is how it feels to make the final, then I hope just once in my playing life I get a chance to experience the feeling. We were joined by Upper Crossgare from Northern Ireland and Stockbridge from Edinburgh. We had made the final, what a feeling. We finished third in our heat. Eighth and 4th in piping with a 3rd in drumming and 4th in ensemble had been enough. It was straight back to the bus. Qualifying from heat 2 those bands had slots 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the final. RSPBA if you happen to read this, with bands in heat 1 and 3 playing at 9am and heat 2 in the afternoon perhaps reconsider moving the last playing heat to the last playing slots. Eight bands knew several hours earlier they'd made it yet the 4 bands in heat 2 found out 10 minutes before the final started.
We took our place at the start line for the final absolutely buzzing. Apart from a couple of players noone has ever won a band title ever, and here we are in the Worlds final with a 1 in 12 chance. We played well, or thought we did. A couple of scrappy pieces of drumming but all in all we were happy when we came off. Gary was very happy with the piping. We had made the final though and given our best efforts and that's all we could ask. We listened to a few of the bands after us which included Upper Crossgare. Guys if you are reading this, VERY well done, really nice run in the final.
After a few beers it was time for the marchpast and another emotional rollercoaster waiting to see if we'd perhaps made it into the prizes. Grade 4B annoucement starts and no surprises based on listening to them that the World Champions and World Drumming Champions for our Grade both went to Upper Crossgare. On no given day, regardless of how we played, would we have matched them in 2010, and I think anyone in the band who's played a little knows and respects that. Still thought, maybe sneek in further down.
Unlike the European Championships in Belfast there was to be no prize. We waited earerly as the other prizes came out, and when it got to 6th place it was announced as Stockbridge. Congratulations to all the prize winners but when you're left with that empty feeling it's horrible. Oh well remember our objective to make the final and we did that.
Over to pick up our sheets and that horrible feeling returns - 7th -. Just out of the prize list. Seventh, the worst place to finish. Then another reality check and hang on, 7th in our Grade from 60 entries. The drummers finished 6th earning another championship point. That's damn good and a reality check on the progress that the band have made this year.
Everyone should be very proud of what they did on the day. Many bands went home at lunchtime or early afternoon. We got the chance to experience the final and for those playing in their first final or indeed first Worlds I'm sure it's a day they will remember.
The final outing of the season will be Cowal Championships, again we must qualify in order to make the final, so lots of hard work between now and then with a final push at the end of the season.
BIG THANKS to everyone for all their efforts during 2010 season
In the run up to the Worlds the band played their last event at Bridge of Allan on Sunday 8th August.
The sun shone on a lovely day, added to the excitement of the foreign bands over for the Worlds made for a great day of piping and drumming. Our Grade this year was combined with Novice with 4A being separated out to match the championship requirements and we competed against 11 other bands.
Several players made their Camelon competition debut including Elaine (returning to playing after a few years out) and Shannon who is one of our youngsters from our teaching system. We also had Grant stand in on the bass drum at very short notice as Ally had work commitments. A big congratulations to all 3 of them. Gary and Jason were both happy with the performance when they came of the field.
The band finished in 3rd place behind Inveraray and District and Oban High School, two hugely talented Novice bands. It was another prize for the 2010 season taking our trophy count to 7 for the season and everyone was happy with that going into the biggest day of the year.
Practices this week are Monday and Thursday as normal and if everyone can please make maximum efforts in attendance.
The band made the expensive weekend trip to Northern Ireland to compete in the European Pipe Band Championships, set in the grounds of Stormont Castle in Belfast.
On the back of several good results hopes were really high of a good showing, and we had a really good draw. However it was to be a day of mixed emotions. Gary and Jason had set out this season to attempt to place at the championships and that goal was realised as the band secured a 6th place, a trophy and a championship point.
There are many times you travel across the water and come away with nothing so this was a bonus and what we had set out to achieve. That said it can always be better and with only 3 points separating 3rd to 6th it could easily have been a much more rewarding weekend.
Onwards and upwards now as the band prepare for the toughest test of the season and try to qualify for the Worlds final from a heat of 20.
The band will be leaving at lunchtime on Friday 30th July for the European Pipe Band Championships in Belfast. We will be travelling by Bus and Ferry.
The bus will be leaving from the following:
- West Port Hotel - Linlithgow at 12.30
- Carmuirs Primary School - Camelon at 13.00
The band will be staying in the Radisson Park Inn Hotel on Clarence Street in Belfast, this is only a few miles from the contest at Stormont.
The band are currently booked on the first ferry home on Sunday morning so be prepared for an early rise. We are trying to change this to a slightly later option.
The draw and playing times are as follows:
01. 14.10 Bo'ness RBL
02. 14.17 Kilmarnock
03. 14.24 Royal Burgh of Stirling
04. 14.31 Closkelt
05. 14.38 Upper Crossgare
06. 14.45 Achill - Eire
07. 14.52 MacDonald Energy City of Brechin
08. 14.59 Dr O'Hurley - Eire
09. 15.06 Tullintrain
10. 15.13 Camelon and District
11. 15.20 Stockbridge
12. 15.27 Ballybriest
13. 15.34 Williamwood
14. 15.41 St Colmcilles, Tullamore - Eire
15. 15.48 Bellaghy
16. 15.55 Fivemiletown
The band will be leaving for Belfast on Friday 30th July to compete in the European Championships. Bus pick ups will be confirmed later this week.
After 10 tiring days in Spain the band will be having 3 practices this week in advance of the championship to get everyone focused again.
The practice schedule for this week is as follows:
- Tuesday 27th July at Camelon Education Centre 7pm - 9pm
- Wednesday 28th July at Camelon Education Centre 7pm - 9pm
- Thursday 29th July at Falkirk High School 7pm - 9.30pm
The band was placed 3rd at the British Championships and won the Best Drum Corps in the Grade. We are looking to continue our good run of late, so can everyone please make best efforts to attend practices this week.
Gary and Jason
The draw is now available for Cowal Championships on August 28th 2010.
With 32 entries Grade 4B has been split into two qualifying heats of 16 with the top 6 bands progressing to the final. Our heat is as follows:
Grade 4B - Heat 2 - 6 Bands Qualify for Final
17. 10.00 Methil & District
18. 10.07 Peeble's Ex-Serviceman's
19. 10.14 Lochmaben RBL
20. 10.21 Glen Mor
21. 10.28 West Linton & District
22. 10.35 Muirkirk & District
23. 10.42 Kilbarchan
24. 10.49 Tranent & District
25. 10.56 Portlethen & District
26. 11.03 College of Piping Training & Development
27. 11.10 Camelon & District
28. 11.17 Strathendrick
29. 11.24 Royal Burgh of Stirling
30. 11.31 Kilmarnock
31. 11.38 The Owl Town - Germany
32. 11.45 St Andrews Caledonian - Australia
Piping: Annie Grant
Piping: I McLellan
Drumming: D Brown
Ensemble: C Mordaunt
The other heats and the complete Cowal draw can be found on the RSPBA Website. The Grade 4B final will commence at 3.50pm.
The draw is now out for the World Pipe Band Championships on 14th August 2010. A record number of entries at the event with 239 bands decending on Glasgow.
Grade 4B had 60 entries and has been split into 3 heats of 20 bands per heat, with the top 4 bands from each heat qualifying for the final later in the day. Camelon have been drawn in the 2nd heat and will play at 12.41. Our heat is as follows:
Grade 4B - Heat 2 - 4 bands will qualify for final.
21. 11.45 Kilbarchan
22. 11.52 St Anns of Hampton - USA
23. 11.59 MacDonald Energy City of Brechin
24. 12.06 Carnoustie and District
25. 12.13 Edmonton Boys - Canada
26. 12.20 City of Cockburn - Australia
27. 12.27 Dr O'Hurley - Eire
28. 12.34 Tullintrain
29. 12.41 Camelon and District
30. 12.48 Nottinghamshire Police
31. 12.55 Upper Crossgare
32. 13.02 Bo'ness RBL
33. 13.09 Stockbridge
34. 13.16 Williamwood
35. 13.23 Lochmaben Royal Burgh Society
36. 13.30 St Andrews Caledonian - Australia
37. 13.37 Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue
38. 13.44 Greater Manchester
39. 13.51 Patiala - Pakistan
40. 13.58 Methil and District
Piping: Nat Russell - Australia
Piping: Jim Semple - Scotland
Drumming: Greg Dinsdale - Canada
Ensemble: Alan Ronaldson - Scotland
Heat1 and Heat 3 as well as the rest of the draw for the contest can be found on the RSPBA Website. The Grade 4B final will commence at 3pm.
A difficult task ahead of us but we will be working hard and aiming to qualify from this tough section.
We are delighted to unveil our new website. Hopefully you've enjoyed looking around our website. This is the place to come for all our news and events and we've tied it to our twitter, facebook and youtube accounts. We'd like to thank Jason for all his work in pulling this together within a few weeks.
On July 16th 20 band members are heading of to Spain to play at the Interceltic Festival of Avilés. The band will be playing at numerous events over the 10 days trip and will be representing Scotland alongside other Scottish acts John Stewart, Ballochlean Highland Dancers and Red Hot Chilli Pipers.
Whilst the band is officially on holiday there will be practices Monday 19th and Thursday 22nd July for those players travelling to Spain on Friday.
Please note that the band will return from Spain on Monday 26th July and in preparation of the European Championships there will be practices on Tuesday 27th July, Wednesday 28th July and Thursday 29th July before leaving for Belfast on Friday 30th July.
The band returned to Annan only 7 days after the British Championships to take part in their last competition before the European Championships in Belfast at the end of July.
After a series of call offs from some players it turned out a mixed day for the depleted band at Annan. For the second week running the drummers lifted the Best Drum Corps prize, although it was initially given to Lochmaben after a compiling error, although the error was spotted we were presented the trophy at the end of the marchpast.
The drummers had a double lift. Proud Bass Drummer Ally collected the bands their first ever Best Bass Section prize. Congratulations to all our bass section who've worked really hard over the winter and Andre for all his input. The 6 drummers who played on the day are pictured below with their prizes left to right; Jason (LD), Amy (Tenor), Lori (Snare), Ally (Bass), Stevie (Snare) and Kieran (Snare).
The band also made the prize list placing 4th but Gary was disappointed and had hoped for a higher placing, although a lack of available pipers on the day didn't help.
Although coming close in our competitions so far this season the band had still failed to pick up a prize, often finishing just outside the prize list. But the band headed to Annan for the British Championships full of optimism, practices had went well this week, and more or less everyone had turned up.
Playing at 14.30 the bus was away from Linlithgow at 09.30 and Camelon at 10.00 getting down to Annan just before lunchtime. Once again another day with the sun splitting the trees, probably the best weather of the season so far. Initial setup was good, and the band headed for the final tuning area about 10 past two. Once again the draw hadn't been that great for us, playing 6th from 25. Big thanks to Drone Monkey Paul Starr (Newtongrange) who helped Gary out with the sound on the day and with a few scratches the band took to the line in advance of our playing time.
The last time the band were placed at a major championship was in 1996, and for the first time this season after a performance both Gary and Jason seemed happy, our bit was done and it was all in the hands of the judges. Time to watch the competition as we watched the remainder of the grade with a few tins on the sidelines.
The marchpast came and as we waited for Grade 4B to be announced you could feel the tension. Grade 4B - British Champions Best Drum Corps ............ CAMELON AND DISTRICT !!!!!!!!! Unbelievable, the first time in over 20 years Camelon had won a major band or drumming title. It's the fastest anyone in the band has seen Jason move as he went for the trophy picking up RSPBA Chairman Kevin Reilly along the way.
Surely this was it, surely this time a major prize was coming and it did. Third place and the band once again went crazy; this is what all the hard work was about. Gary picked up the band trophy and cheque.......yes a cheque, a rare thing for us at a competition.
Back to the bus for a photo call, and a few tins, tears of joy, looks of amazement - this is what it's all been about for the last few months. It's the first time Camelon have been late leaving for a photo call that's for sure.
The boogie bus left Annan, and the beauty of being 2 hours from home is that the drive home with a couple of trophies is just one of those great moments you cannot buy. This was the first time for most of the drum corps, apart from Jason and Lori, at winning a championships and the first time for most of the pipers at getting a championship prize. And of course, well it's not Camelon and District without a party, and the Montys obliged. A carry out stop on the way back to Camelon and the band partied on at Montys until the wee hours.
The band welcomed Gary back at Markinch after ill health saw him spend a few weeks in hospital.
Gary missed the Scottish Championships and Bathgate Highland Games during his illness and was glad to get back playing again. Although the band were left disappointed after a very poor performance all round at Markinch.
All focus now turns to the British Championships at Annan where the band looks to continue improving.
The band would like to thank Assistant Pipe Major Logan Tannock for his attendance at practices during Gary's absence and also for leading the band onto the competition field at both the Scottish and Bathgate. Logan had a busy schedule with Lothian and Borders Police so we appreciate all his efforts.
Thanks to our Vice Chairman Roy Millar who organised a very successful fundraising night on the eve of Bathgate Highland Games
A full hall enjoyed guest speakers John Gahagan and Joe Camay whilst raising almost £1000 for the band funds.
A huge thanks to Roy and all the fundraising team who made this happen, and to all the male players who turned up taking friends and family with them.