Updated 08/22/2012 10:56 PM
Local pipe band is 2012 world champions
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ALBANY COUNTY, N.Y. -- Third time’s a charm for The Scotia Glenville Pipe band. The band has been crowned the 2012 World Pipe Band Champions in their division after the band's third trip to Scotland for the competition.
They earned third place twice before taking the top spot in the Novice Juvenile Division earlier this month.
A welcome home gathering was held at Celtic Hall in Colonie and the community came out to hear to the band and celebrate their big win.
The competition consisted of more than 8,000 pipers and drummers from ten countries. The band beat 25 other bands from around the world.
"We've been practicing for a couple of years, obviously, but we have extra band date rehearsals and band camp, a whole week long camp, we have a minicamp and then in Scotland, we had two rehearsals everyday leading up to the Worlds," said Maureen Connor.
The band is made up of pipers and drummers from eight to 18-years-old. They remain undefeated for the year and will put their pipes to the test again Labor Day at the Capital District Scottish Games in Altamont.