By Asia Samachar Team | SCOTLAND |
A Malaysian Sikh pipe band emerged category champion at the World Pipe Band Championship in Scotland.
The amazing feat at Glasgow capped months of diligent training and a single-minded push to display their very best at the pinnacle of competitive pipe band competition.
Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band were named champs of Grade 4B at the Worlds yesterday (17 Aug 2019). The band emerged tops for overall and drumming as well as best parade.
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 converged at the Glasgow Green for the last two days (Aug 16-17).
The bands were from 13 countries: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Eire, the US, Belgium, England, Spain, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Sri Dasmesh – named after the tenth Guru of the Sikhs and the only Malaysian pipe band at the event – was formed in 1986 by Sukdev Singh, a commercial pilot and a director of an international school by the same name, with his brother Harvinder Singh.
The world championship winning band was led by pipe major Tirath Singh (22-year old), drum sergeant Tripert Singh (25) and mid-section head Sukhpreet Kaur (22). Tirath Singh and Tripert Singh, who also happen to be brothers, are both pilots with national carrier Malaysia Airlines.
Together, they led the band through 13 months of tireless practice. They met three times a week for two hours or more each session at the Sri Dasmesh International School in Kuala Lumpur.
Tirath said that this was the band’s gift to the country for Merdeka and hope that all Malaysians will hold their heads high in pride because Sri Dasmesh Pipe Band raised the Jalur Gemilang in Scotland and brought home the Silverware.
Sri Dasmesh emerge champs at South East Asian Pipe Band Championships (Asia Samachar, 5 June 2016)
Sri Dasmesh a hit at World Pipe Band Championship (Asia Samachar, 19 Aug 2015)