In the early part of the summer the band did extremely well in the Munster Pipe Band Championships which was held in Tralee in late June where they won the Munster MAPS pipe band competition and the drum corps were crowned Munster Champions having taken first place in their grade for the third year running. In September while in Pitlochry in the heart of Scotland competing against the best of Scottish pipe bands the Drum Corps again took first place in the Grade 4 competition. This was a super achievement for this talented group of players.
The band had two very successful performances at Waterford’s Tall Ships Festival and also took part in the Waterford Massed Bands performance at that event. The band did had a weekly performance on the Plaza on the Quay and each Monday night during June, July and August it entertained both the people of Waterford and visitors to the City. The band also performed on a number of occasions at Waterford City Council’s Saturday entertainment initiative.
The band had two very successful trips abroad. Firstly it spent five days performing at a Festival in Concarneau in Brittany France and then it participated in the Pitlochry Highland Games in Scotland. As well as competing at the Pitlochry Highland games the band put on a concert in the Great Hall at the famous Blair Castle. This was a great honour as only very few pipe bands have been given such a privilege. The large crowed enjoyed this performance and were in awe of the playing skills of the young De La Salle players.
Four members of the band had the privilege of attending the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden where they performed on a number of occasions. On one of these occasions they had the honour of entertaining the King of Sweden. The band would like to acknowledge the support it gets from the people of Waterford and is particularly grateful to Waterford City Council and Waterford Youth Committee for the financial support they provide. The band is always open for new members, young and old who have an interest in Highland piping and drumming.
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