Denny band is in tune and celebrating

Denny and Dunipace Pipe band
Denny and Dunipace Pipe band

A pipe band has been crowned one of the finest in the world - a year after agonisingly missing out on the title.

Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles Pipe Band were judged the best at Grade II level at the World Championships on Saturday.

Their triumph at Glasgow Green means they went one better than their second placed finish at the same event last year.

Denny & Dunipace edged out St Thomas Alumni, from Houston, Texas, and French band Brieg to claim the title.

It’s the result of a lot of hard work and regular practice sessions held at Denny High School.

The win is also a personal triumph for pipe major David Clunie and lead drummer Arthur Cook.

The experienced musicians have worked tirelessly to raise the standard of the band since joining two years ago.

David was formerly pipe major at Tayside Police, whilst Arthur is a previous winner of the world solo drumming championship.

“To achieve what we have in only our second season in charge is quite something,” said David (41).

“The band was finding form at just the right time going into the championships. We knew we could be in the mix. In this competition, it’s the foreign bands that are the unknown quantity. You compete against the other Scottish bands throughout the season and can judge yourself against them. But you don’t know how good the bands from America and elsewhere are going to be.

“We played very well in our qualifying heat, and managed to finish top. There was a worry that come the final we might not be able to replicate it. But we were really delighted with our performance in the final.”

Denny & Dunipace trace their origins from a chanter class established in the town in 1964 by John Deuchar, with help from Roy Smith, who would become the club’s first pipe major.

2012 has been a successful year for the Denny pipers. The band won the European Championships held in Belfast last month, and finished second in the Scottish and British events.

Now they are turning their attention to the Cowal Highland Games on August 23-25. A strong performance at the event should be enough to guarantee their promotion to Grade I next season.

“It’s a system of promotion, just like a football league,” explained David. “We’re ready to compete at Grade I.”