Cowal Pipe Band Championship prize pot among the biggest - Cowal Highland Gathering
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Cowal Pipe Band Championship prize pot among the biggest

Some of the world’s top pipe bands will battle it out for one of the biggest prize pots available when the Cowal Pipe Band Championship kick off at the end of August.

The prizes on offer for bands placed at Cowal Highland Gathering’s (CHG) piping festival are more generous than they would receive at most of the major championships.

In addition, the competition entry fees are lower for Cowal than for other events – meaning that winning bands will be going home flush(ed) with more than just their success!

The prize money on offer for first placed bands at the Cowal Championships ranges from £1,000 for Grade 1 entrants to £500 for the novice category. Those placed sixth can win from £250 (Grade 1) to £100 (Novice).

The total prize money available to bands – not including the drum major competitions – is a massive £19,750. And with each band able to compete twice, there is double the opportunity to take a share of that sum home.

The entry fees for the Cowal Championships range from £14 for a Grade 1 band to £8 for Novice and Juvenile entrants.

The only major championship to offer more prize money to the winning Grade 1 band is the World Championships in Glasgow in the middle of August.

All other majors give £750 to their winning Grade 1 band. And all charge a £20 competition entry fee.

CHG chair Ronnie Cairns said the bands were already signing up in numbers to battle it out for top spot.

“We’ve already got 25 bands committed to coming to Cowal this year, which means that our spectators are once again in for a real feast of top class piping,” he added.

“Of course, most don’t come for the money on offer. What they’re after is the prestige of being able to call themselves ‘Cowal Champions’.

“However, the prize money on offer here is significantly higher than at other championships and this, coupled with the lower entry fees, certainly plays a part in the popularity of our event.

“We’re very excited by the quantity and calibre of the bands showing interest in competing this year, and I’m sure there are many who have not yet submitted their forms but who are planning to enter between now and the closing date of August 9.

“Anyone who has been to the Cowal Championships in previous years will no doubt remember the tension, excitement and fantastic skills on show as some of the best bands in the world battle it out for the coveted first place.

“I’m delighted to say that this year is shaping up to be every bit as entertaining as in previous years. We look forward to what we’re confident will be another spectacular piping extravaganza at this year’s event.”

This year’s Cowal Highland Gathering – which takes place in association with charity partner Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) – runs from Thursday 28 to Saturday 30 August.

Entry forms for the pipe band and drum major competition are available at http://www.rspba.org/documents/Entry_Cowal.pdf

For more information about the event or to buy tickets, please visit the Gathering’s website at www.cowalgathering.com or contact the event office by emailing info@cowalgathering.com or phoning 01369 703206.