Pasadena Scots Reeling From Victory in Glasgow

Published : Saturday, September 1, 2018 | 5:25 AM

Image Courtesy of Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums

The Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums are back in town and victorious from capturing World Champions in the Grade 3B Band competition during the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

The August competition saw over 300 bands from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Denmark, France, Canada, Oman, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, and Eire taking part.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA), which holds the competition every year, said over 30,000 people turned out to watch more than 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title of world champion in their respective grade. Up to 80 percent of the competitors this year were under the age of 25.

The RSPBA holds at least five major pipe and drum competitions every year, including a World Solo Drumming contest.

During the competition, bands were categorized into grades and the categories Band and Drumming, with the Pasadena Scots taking the prize as a band.

Pasadena Scots, founded in 2006, is composed of two bands – one of Grade 3 students and the other composed of Grade 5 students – that are dedicated to the study and performance of Scottish bagpipe and drum music. Both bands wear the official California State Tartan.

Both bands rehearse on separate days at the San Marino Community Church in San Marino. The bands also play during special events in the Pasadena area, and have performed for weddings, galas, funerals, and parades.

The bands offer any combination of musicians ranging from a solo piper to full band.

To learn more about Pasadena Scots, visit the website at or call (626) 278-0150.

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