The competition itself is a great spectacle but of course nothing surpasses the march past of the massed pipe bands, which marks the climax of the Games. At around 5.30, dependant on other events, our Chieftain takes the salute as the bands come into the arena and pass in front of the grandstand. During this a number of ‘core’ bands are positioned in the middle of the field, taking it in turn to play.
Once all bands are assembled, they play ‘Salute to the Chieftain’. It is this highlight which many past Chieftains have described as the most moving moment in a day which is filled with many emotions.
Bands are unaware of their placing until the results are read out at the end of the Games and the prizes presented by the Chieftain. All competitive pipe band activities in Scotland are run under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. www.rspba.org