There are a number of teens who have moved up through the grades together and are now in Grades 1 and 2. I call them the 'Rat Pack.' They're always hanging out with each other and helping one another with tuning and pipe adjustments. They're competitive and care about doing well, but are much less interested in beating one another. It's wonderful to see them interact.
The first pic is some of the rat pack members. Willa on the left is a bit more timid, but Tami and Avens don't have a timid bone in them! Tami lost her mom to cancer 3 years ago. The cute guy in the Clark t-shirt is Avens' boyfriend, Ross and he's with his younger brother Carl.
While there were no pipe band competitions yesterday, there were guest bands that played for the crowds. In the second photo one such band is warming up in the camping area of the park. The third picture is of another band playing for the spectators. Pipe bands are made up of bagpipes, snare and tenor drums and a bass drum. Bands will march on and off the field, but typically perform in a circle where they can better see and hear each other.
I was listening to the solo piping most of the day, but did do a quick walk about to snap some other pictures. The final shot is of some Highland dancers waiting for the next dance event to begin.
One last set of shots to go!