The 2014 Perth Highland Games is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, with competitors coming from across the globe. This year’s Games will be particularly notable for the quality and quantity of the pipers taking part.
Pipe band entries are up significantly on last year, with over 40 signed up so far. Bands are coming to Perth from Australia, Canada, Oman, South Africa, New Zealand and USA as well as from Scotland and the rest of the UK. To date there are entries from nine bands in the elite Grade One category alone. Just to listen to these bands play justifies a day’s outing to the Games. In the solo piping there are 66 entrants competing, from Scotland and from eight overseas countries including the Netherlands, Germany & Switzerland.
The games are brought to a spectacular close by the massed pipe bands performing in the main arena, making one of the most memorable and popular attractions of the day. There is a further attraction when the Drum Majors from competing bands show off their skills in the main arena. Pipe bands compete in various grades – Grade 1 (the highest category), Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 4 MSR (March, Strathspey and Reel). Juvenile bands may also compete.
There is a further attraction when the Drum Majors from competing bands show off their skills in the main arena. You can read more about pipe band competitions here and about solo piping here