Revelstoke Highlanders members take home award at 40th Spring Fling

Revelstoke members of the Shuswap Pipe & Drums celebrate a victory after finishing first in piping and the ensemble category at the annual regional Spring Fling.

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The Shuswap Pipes & Drums band, which features Revelstoke pipers. Photo: contributed

Contributed by the Revelstoke Highlanders Pipe Band

Every May the pipe bands of the B.C. Interior and the Kootenays get the clans together for the annual Spring Fling competition. This year Grand Forks hosted the competition, which featured 10 bands.

Revelstoke Highlanders Pipe Band members Louisa Fleming, Rachel Kelly, and Shane Grant joined represented the community as members of the Shuswap Pipes & Drums.

File photo: The Revelstoke Highlanders Pipe Band prepares for the parade. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Friday evening’s itinerary featured a jig & hornpipe contest for solo players. This year, Shuswap Pipes & Drums member Jim Wright took home first place in the competition.

On Saturday morning, individual bands marched through town, followed by a massed band with over 100 pipers and drummers on parade.

This was followed by individual judged band performances at a sports field. The event continued with an evening banquet, as well as the entertaining dance and skit competition.

In a huge achievement for local pipers and drummers, the Shuswap Pipes and Drums, which includes Revelstoke Highlanders members, finished first in piping and first in the ensemble category, a competition that combines effective music and overall balance between the pipes and drums.

The Revelstoke Highlanders Pipe Band practices every Tuesday from 6:30–8:30 p.m., and most Saturdays at 4 p.m. upstairs at the Royal Canadain Legion, or at Queen Elizabeth Park in the summer. We always welcome new members and give free lessons. For more information contact Louisa Fleming at louisaf@telus.net or 250-837-6385.

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