The SFU Pipe Band will be performing and competing throughout the weekend of April 16-18, 2010 in Las Vegas:
Friday, April 16th (8:00 PM – 10:00 PM): Live @ New York, New York – Hotel & Casino
Saturday, April 17th (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM): Las Vegas Celtic Gathering & Highland Games @ Floyd Lamb Park.
Sunday, April 18th (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM): Las Vegas Celtic Gathering & Highland Games @ Floyd Lamb Park.
SFU Pipe Band is appearing at the 2010 Olympics ceremonies on February 16th at the Richmond O-Zone. The band will play on the Main Stage at 9:15pm.
Here are links to the Richmond O Zone site for details:
You can also hear the SFU Pipe Band Thursday Feb. 11 at Burnaby’s Spirit of Burnaby event, Metropolis at Metrotown. (Event: 2:30pm-6:30pm; Band: 5:45pm)
SFU Pipe Band will once again be staging a full 3 hour concert at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in Vernon, British Columbia. Current plans include multi angle video recording of the event for live streaming through SFUTube.com
SFU Pipe Band is excited to announce it will share the stage with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band at the Belfast Waterfront Centre on August 6th, 2010. The band is honoured to be invited to perform in Northern Ireland alongside Richard Parkes and Keith Orr and their corps and has no doubt it will be an entertaining evening for all involved.
The SFU Pipe Band is proud to release its 11th album, Affirmation, recorded at the band’s sold-out show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall just three days before winning its sixth World Pipe Band Championship at Glasgow Green.
Pipe Major Terry Lee listed among the album’s highlights the band’s rendition of the piobaireachd ‘Field of Gold’, composed by Donald MacLeod, and the Mark Saul-composed suite, ‘Tir Nan Og’. Terry also cites the opening track, ‘Beaches of Harris’, as being “very powerful.”
“August 2009 was one of the best months in SFU’s history”, Terry Lee commented. “Playing before a packed house and recording the Affirmation CD on the Wednesday before the World’s was a thrill. Then to win our sixth World Championship three days later was a tremendous high point for us.”
The album, officially released on December 7th, is available at the band’s newly launched website, SFUPB.com, as well as at select retailers. Via the band’s online store, fans can purchase the album in a variety of formats, including cd, limited-edition autographed cd, MP3 album, and individual MP3 tracks.
Beaches of Harris Sample
Big Reels Sample
Salute to Willie McErlean ’79 Sample
Dusty Miller Sample
Tir Nan Og Sample
Former SFU piper James MacHattie is moving back from Toronto to BC and will be rejoining the band’s ranks, along with his wife Kylie. Both pipers have played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders for the last 2 seasons. Prior to joining the Fraser Highlanders, James was pipe major of the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band for 3 years.
With the addition of James and Kylie the band now has 29 pipers on its roster.
On Monday, October 5th the SFU Pipe Band performed at the home opener of the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks at a sold-out GM Place. The band, wearing Canucks jerseys, was introduced as the six-time and current World Pipe Band Champions, and received a warm welcome from the crowd.
The band performed a stripped down version of their ‘Beaches of Harris’ suite at centre ice prior to the opening faceoff and followed it up with a piece written by the Canucks’ musical director especially for the band. An extended version of this piece has been recorded by the band and is being played at select home games throughout the season. See a YouTube clip of the performance.
The Simon Fraser University Pipe Band won its second consecutive and sixth all-time World Pipe Band Championship at Glasgow Green on Saturday, August 15th. SFU won both the Medley and MSR events and also took the drumming prize, also for the second consecutive year.
The victory came just 3 days after the band performed at a sold-out, standing room only, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. A recording of this performance will be released as the band’s 11th album, ‘Affirmation’.