Sikh Pipe Band Bags Top Prize At World Pipe Band Championship
Malaysia’s Sri Dasmesh Sikh pipe band arise as champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland. To display their very best at the pinnacle of competitive pipe band competition the amazing feat in Glasgow capped months of hard training and a single-minded push. As per an independent news portal for Sikhs in Southeast Asia, the Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band has named champions of Grade 4B. Not just for drumming, the band tops for best parade too. This is the second time the Malaysian band took part in the world series organised by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. Up to 8,000 pipers and drummers from 195 bands joined the Glasgow Green. The bands were from 13 countries named: Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Spain, Northern Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, America, Belgium, Scotland, Eire, England and Canada. Nam of the Sikh Pipe Band- ‘Sri Dasmesh’ is after the 10th Guru of the Sikhs and it was the only Malaysian pipe band at the event. The Former Governor of the Pitcairn Islands wrote: “Congratulations to the Sri Dasmesh #pipeband …they supported a number of functions @UKinMalaysia when I was there incl #RemembranceSunday Malaysian Sikh pipe band emerge champs at world championships” The first Sikh Pipe Band was established probably around 1856 when the 45th Rattray Regiment was established in Punjab. Since then, Sikh Pipe bands were part of the many Sikh Regiments that were established under the British Empire.