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Nevada pipe, drum band to compete in Scotland

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — An all-Nevada Scottish Pipes and Drums band will compete in the World Piping Championship at Glasgow Green on Aug. 13, 2011. In 2010, the Battle Born Pipes and Drums band was formed to celebrate 50 years of pipe bands in Nevada and specifically for this unique competition. The group is made up of pipers and drummers from the Reno/Carson City, Elko and Las Vegas pipe bands. Band members must travel hundreds of miles to rehearse; they’ll travel even farther to compete. In the 2010 competition there were 8,000 entertainers from 16 countries. This all-Nevada band will have some stiff competition that Saturday on Glasgow Green. “The band has been formed to celebrate 50 years of the existence of a pipe band in Nevada. What better way to do that then to show our pride and talent at The World Pipe Band Competition,” said James Sawyer, Pipe Major, Battle Born Pipe Band, from Elko, Nev.

This talented and dedicated group of musicians have been donating their time and energy to come together to practice. They have also been engaged in efforts to raise funds to make their dream of representing the state of Nevada on a world stage come true.

Check out the band’s website, www.battlebornpipeband.org.  You can help support this outstanding group of musicians and see them compete by participating in the “Pipe Dreams” tour, a portion of the tour price going to support their travel expenses to be in Glasgow for the competition.  In addition to listening to this and other pipe bands compete, we’ll be off visiting sites within close proximity to Glasgow:  Isle of Bute; Loch Lomond; Edinburgh and its castle and attending the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.  Free time has been built in for those who may want to make their own side trip or simply relax in Glasgow.  The tour will be escorted by Bob and Lois Wallace, making their fourth visit to Scotland since 2000.  Bob is current President of Clan Wallace Society Worldwide, and both are lifetime members of the Nevada Society of Scottish Clans.

“Bob and I look forward to sharing our love of Scotland and its heritage with others,” said Lois Wallace.

For information about the tour go to www.travelunlimited.net , 775-329-0658 or contact Bob and Lois at 775-671-0148, or via e-mail at [email protected]

The Nevada Society of Scottish Clans has volunteered to accept donations for the band.  If you wish to send a monetary donation, make checks out to NSSC with “Battle Born” in the memo line and mail to: Nevada Society of Scottish Clans, PO Box 7723, Reno, NV 89510. For additional information, contact John LoGiurato, 775-883-5083.

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