World Pipe Band Championships: children at the heart of annual event
- Kelly Apter
- 28 May 2015
There's something for every age group, as over 200 bands from around the world meet on Glasgow Green
Some go for the drums, some for the Kids Zone, some just for the kilts. But whatever you go to the World Pipe Band Championships for, you’ll have plenty of company. Each year over 200 bands from around the world converge on Glasgow Green for the highlight in the piping calendar, plus over 30,000 visitors.
‘The Worlds attract a wide range of audiences,’ says Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. ‘There are those who come to appreciate the enormous skill and dedication of world-class musicians competing for prizes, to visitors to Scotland and to the family audiences who make a whole day of it.’
As well as the music workshops, activities and entertainment in the Kids Zone, young people are very much at the heart of the Championships themselves, and have been for generations. ‘The majority of the bands have younger members and very young supporters whose families are already steeped in the traditions of pipe bands,’ says Embelton.
‘They will be the lifeblood of those bands for generations to come. We want the Worlds to be accessible to every age group in the hope that we will continue to grow audiences and encourage participation, ensuring pipe bands continue to thrive wherever there is interest.’
World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow Green, Fri 14–Sat 15 Aug.