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qathet region pipe band members earn medals at sanctioned competition

Group and individuals excel during highland gathering on Vancouver Island
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PROUD PIPERS: Clansman Pipe Band reached the podium at the recent Campbell River Highland Gathering, finishing third in the Quick March Medley competition.

Clansman Pipe Band of Powell River once again competed successfully while representing the qathet region at a sanctioned competition held during the Campbell River Highland Gathering on Saturday, August 6.

The band competed in the Grade 5 Quick March Medley competition and were awarded third place among the five bands in attendance at the gathering.

Many of the band members also entered solo piping and drumming competitions during the event.

Twelve-year-old Leeya de Villiers took first place in the Grade 5 piping 2/4, 6/8, and Slow Air categories and was awarded the aggregate Grade 5 trophy.

Fourteen-year-old Francois de Villiers entered the Grade 5 snare drumming 2/4 and 6/8 competitions and took third place in both.

Nineteen-year-old Aiden de Villiers and eighteen-year-old Steffan de Villiers each entered the Grade 3 piping 2/4, 6/8 and strathspey and reel categories. Aiden took first, second and third places and Steffan took first and second places. Aiden won the aggregate trophy for Grade 3. Both pipers were recommended to move up to the Grade 2 category for future competitions.

The band also entered categories A and B of the Celts Have Talent competition, winning third place in category A and finishing fourth in category B.

The qathet region was also well represented in the highland dance competitions with Leeya and her sisters Kyla and Hila winning medals in various categories on Sunday, August 7.

Clansman Pipe Band is accepting new members and offers free lessons to anyone who is interested in piping or drumming. For more information, contact Ian Richmond, pipe major of the band, at 604.344.2200, or go to