The Scenic City’s own City of Chattanooga Pipe Band finished up its 2014 spring competition season with 3 more 1st place finishes, adding to a previous 1st place win last October at the Stone Mountain Highland Games in Georgia.
With these new top finishes, band members are celebrating four consecutive 1st place finishes with much excitement. “We’ve been working really hard, “said Tom Arnold, pipe major for the band. “Our strength comes from our commitment to each other, the music, and lots and lots of practice.
And because we’re consistently competing at the top of our game means we’re doing something right, and it feels good,“ he added.
On Saturday, May 24 the band competed and won 1st place at the 9th Annual Gallabrae Highland Games in Greenville, South Carolina beating out 7 other bands in their Grade IV competition. Bands come from far and wide to compete against each other with the hopes of taking the title as the best band in their division. Bagpipe bands consist of a corp of bagpipes and drums. The band also finished 1st place at the Rural Hill Scottish Festival/Loch Norman Highland Games in Huntersville, NC on April 12 and also captured a 1st place win at the Smoky Mountain Highland Games on May 17 in Maryville, TN. The band will be continuing their practice schedule for the next few months preparing for their final upcoming competitions in October to wrap up their 2014 season.
The band has appeared several times throughout the Chattanooga and surrounding area at such events as Rock City Garden’s Shamrock City, Riverbend and UTC’s Football halftime shows. The City of Chattanooga Pipe Band is under the direction of Pipe Major Tom Arnold and Drum Sergeant David Cameron. The band is also available for private events or performances and is also always looking for new members.
To contact the band or for more information regarding upcoming performances and competitions, check the band’s website at www.chattanoogapipeband.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @COCPB.