The Antigonish Highland Games has been one of Nova Scotia’s signature tourism events and has built a worldwide reputation as the longest-running continuous Scottish games in North America since 1863.
The Dartmouth and District Pipe Band, who competed at the games, saw their hours of hard work and effort come to fruition. The grade three band, under the direction of Pipe Major Scott Long and Drum Sergeant Zach Smith, captured the Nova Scotia title. Pipe Major Blaise Theriault and Drum Sergeant Bree Caldwell of The Dartmouth and District grade five band were extremely happy with their band taking the Nova Scotia title.
On Sunday, once again, the Dartmouth and District grade three band accomplished another outstanding achievement, winning the Atlantic Canadian Pipe Band championship.The grade three band also challenged up to the grade two category, and won the grade two Atlantic Canadian Pipe Band Championship as well. The Dartmouth and District grade five band were also victorious in winning the same prestigious title.
The Dartmouth and District Pipe Band will celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2015 and will travel to Glasgow, Scotland to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships.
Congratulations were extended to all the pipe bands who competed at the Antigonish Highland Games on the weekend. There was a great sense of working together towards a common goal - a great sound.
It is obvious to me these bands compete for the love of competing, the desire to progress, and the rewards that come with the hard work. As well as a competition, it was a fun day of entertainment for everyone.
Piping and drumming are rewarding and enjoyable for children, building self-confidence, concentration and self-discipline. It also teaches teamwork and provides your child a lifetime of pleasure and adds more creativity to their lives. This is what music is all about.
It is my hope that the town of Antigonish may continue to enjoy an enviable reputation for attracting and staging many more Scottish events.
Submitted by Patti Long