7 December 2013 – The Youth Park was abuzz with the unique sounds of pipes and drums as 79 soloists and 13 bands competed in the 11th BB Pipes & Drums Festival.
Under the sunny skies, the Solo competitors and Miniature Bands played their best tunes for the Adjudicators, Mr Brett Tidswell and Mr Dean Hall, both from the Pipe Bands Australia Adjudication Panel. While the contestants were evidently nervous before they took the stage, the sense of camaraderie present could not be missed, as Boys from different Companies, as well as participants from external organisations, cheered one another on, bonding over their common passion for pipe band music.
After the competition, the contestants got the rare opportunity to mingle with the Adjudicators informally, extracting invaluable tips from these experienced players.
Guest-of-Honour, Miss Kathy Lai, CEO of the National Arts Council, arrived in style for the Prize Presentation Ceremony in the afternoon, led into the venue by two Pipers. She was treated to two spectacular performances, first by the Mass Band, which was made up of the day’s competitors, and then by the Merlion Pipes and Drums band, who are key players in the local pipe band community.
The day culminated in the awards presentation. Vice-President (Programmes), Mr Vincent Tan, joined Miss Kathy Lai on stage to confer the trophies and medals to the deserving winners. In addition to their medal, the champions of the Solo Piping Competition each received a silver-plated practice chanter, sponsored by McLion Bagpipe Supplies.
This year, the 60th Company Miniature Band (Category B) brought back the coveted Boys’ Brigade Singapore Pipes & Drums Challenge Banner on top of their gold trophy and medals.
We would like to congratulate all winners, and thank all competitors for their participation. The 11th BB Pipes & Drums Festival would not have been successful without you!