Drum roll for Pipe Band Championships

Darryn Causby with pipe band members.
Darryn Causby with pipe band members.

Over 1,000 pipers and drummers will add even more colour to Lurgan Park as the Craigavon & District Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships makes a welcome return on Saturday 20 June.

Organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Co. Down Section) in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, the event will see members of pipe bands and drum majors from all over Ireland, compete in the competition - playing a spectrum of music and showcasing their melodic talents to visitors from near and far.

Events get under way at 11am, with up to 45 pipe bands and 45 drum majors competing in the various contest grades, including World Champions, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band; Marlacoo and District Pipe Band; Battlehill Pipe Band; and the newly crowned British Champions, Bleary and District Pipe Band.

There will also be plenty of entertainment on offer, with a wide range of delicious food at the cuisine court, a staged area with cultural music and dancing - along with face painting, balloon modelling, and a kids’ fairground zone to keep the little ones entertained.

Once the competition is over, the bands provide a vibrant spectacle for spectators by parading onto the arena with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Darryn Causby, taking the salute, followed by the prize giving ceremony.

Lord Mayor Councillor Darryn Causby commented:

“I am delighted this brilliant event is returning for a third year to showcase the exceptional talents of all the musicians in the wonderful surroundings of Lurgan Park. I am looking forward to hearing the wonderful music throughout the day, and I am sure it will be a great day out for everyone.”
Admission is £5 and 18s and under are free. There will be a complimentary shuttle bus running from Lurgan town centre to the event.

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