We welcome the return of Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band, a competitive and concert pipe band based in Vancouver, B.C., as the Guest Band this year.
Originally established in 1971 the band was promoted to Grade 1 after winning the North American Pipe Band Championships in 2007. It is one of the top three pipe bands in North America and is now ranked 8th in the world.
The 42-member band is led by Pipe Major David Hilder, Drum Major Peter Hendrickson, and Pipe Sergeant Shaunna Hilder. In addition to Canadian pipers and drummers the band includes award-winning pipers and drummers from Washington, California, Australia and Denmark. The band wears the MacLean of Duart Weathered Tartan.
Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band holds the honor of being the first band outside of Scotland to win a major World Championship prize, winning "The Sash" in 1979 under Lead Drummer Willie McErlean.
In August of 2014 Dowco Triumph Street travelled once again to Glasgow, Scotland for the World Pipe Band Championships on Glasgow Green. The band successfully qualified for the Grade 1 final for a sixth consecutive year, finishing 10th place overall in World and 2nd in North America. The band will be competing again this year at the World Championships held in Glasgow on August 14th and 15th, 2015.