Youth pipe band off to North American competition

It’s the first time an SFU-affiliated band has been part of the event since the SFU Pipe Band won the North American championship in 1982.

Tri-City residents George Panagiotou, Andrew Lee, Elizabeth Panagiotou and Alexandra Lye are in SFU’s Grade 3 Robert Malcolm Memorial (RMM) band that, on Saturday, competes in the North American Pipe Band Championships in Maxville, Ont.

It’s the first time an SFU-affiliated band has been part of the event since the SFU Pipe Band won the North American championship in 1982.

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The youth ensemble will be up against 11 other Grade 3 bands — all made up of adult musicians.

The RMM bands are led by Lee, a pipe major and instructor who lives in Port Coquitlam. (Missing from photo is piper Roger Lye).

The competition comes two weeks before the Grade 1 SFU Pipe Band plays at the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, in Scotland.

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