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August 26, 2014 > Scots Guards and Marine Band highlight Scottish Gathering & Games

Scots Guards and Marine Band highlight Scottish Gathering & Games

Submitted By Floyd Busby

The 1st Battalion Pipes & Drums Scots Guards and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band have been signed to perform at the 149th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games, set for Labor Day weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

The amalgamation of both of these extraordinary bands will be among the highlights of this years 149th Games, stated Geoffrey Craighead, Chief of the Games host from the Caledonian Club of San Francisco. We are very fortunate to host the Scots Guards, whose duty, among others, is ceremonial parading at Buckingham Palace in London. The Scots Guards are one of the most famous of the military pipes bands in the world. Chief Craighead added, Acquiring the services of the famed 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band is an important plus for the Games, following the governments sequestration that kept the Marines from our Games last year. Thanks to the intervention of Congressman Eric Swalwell and his staff, legislation was passed before Congress that allows non-profit organizations such as ours to present to the public the service on one of the nationÕs premier military bands.

The public can see the performance of both bands during the Massed Bands-Closing Ceremonies in front of the grandstands both Saturday and Sunday. The grandstand show begins at 3:45 p.m. with the U.S. Drum Major Championships. The Scots Guards and Marine band march in at 4:15 p.m., along with 30 other pipe bands from the U.S. and Canada, the largest assembly of pipe bands in the nation.

Among the most spectacular offerings to the grandstand audience is the union of the Scots Guards and Marine band, playing together, interspersed arm-in-arm in a performance seen nowhere else in the world this year.

Admission to the annual Scottish Highland Gathering & Games includes access to 21 different attractions and events. The exception is the Massed Bands-Closing Ceremonies where a grandstand seat is $6 for the two-hour show. Admission is free on the ground floor non-seat paved area.

Among the premium attractions is the 40th U.S. Invitational Heavy Event Championship featuring the worldÕs top heavy event pro and amateur athletes; the Western U.S. Open Highland Dancing Championships; six stages of continuous entertainment from traditional to Celtic Rock; Living History with Mary Queen of Scots, Highland Warriors, Roman Legions and invading Vikings re-enactments and the Irish Pavilion. Sheep Dog Trials, Rugby and Shinty, Archery, and the ChildrenÕs Glen are also among the attractions that have made these Games the most complete in the world.

Two-day adult tickets are $28; one-day adult $21; seniors (65+), handicap, and students (12-17) are $13. Children 11 and under and military with valid ID are free. Available Grandstand seating is $6 for a reserved bench seat on Saturday and Sunday. Trackside terrace seating on both days is $39.50.The Friday night concert at the San Ramon Marriott is $14. Additional information is available at www.TheScottishGames.com and the information line 1-800-769-2345.

Friday Night Concert
Friday, Aug 29
8 p.m.
San Ramon Marriott
2600 Bishop Dr, San Ramon
www.TheScottishGames.com
Tickets: $14 at the door

Scottish Highland Gathering & Games
Saturday, Aug 30 & Sunday, Aug 31
Gates open at 8 a.m.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton
1-800-769-2345
www.TheScottishGames.com
Admission: $13 - $28

Activities Schedule:
8:30 a.m.: Athletic Heavy Events Ð Weight for Distance, Putting the Stone, Hammer
10:00 a.m.: Gathering of the Clans
10:00 a.m.: Vendors open
10:00 a.m.: Irish Pavilion
10:00 a.m.: ChildrenÕs Glen
10:00 a.m.: Pipe Band & Solo Piping & Drumming Competition
10:00 a.m.: US National Pipe Major Championships
10:00 a.m.: Highland Dancing
10:00 a.m.: Sheep Dog Trials
10:00 a.m.: Birds of Prey Demonstrations
10:00 a.m.: Celtic Heritage-Scottish Country Dancing, Fiddling, Harping & Singing all day
10:00 a.m.: Living History Ð Parade Ð Reenactments throughout day
10:00 a.m.: Rugby & Shinty Tournaments
11:25 a.m.: Opening Grandstand Show
Noon: Five-A-Side Soccer
1:00 p.m.: Athletic Heavy Events Ð Caber/Weight for Height
2:00 p.m.: Highland Dancing (Hornpipes, Jigs, National Dancing)
3:45 p.m. Closing Grandstand Show Ð Massed Bands

Grandstand Show Schedule (Saturday & Sunday):

Opening Ceremonies:
10:45 a.m.: Start of Kilted Mile
11:05 a.m.: Arrival of Chief and Guests
11:10 a.m.: Parade and Gathering of Clans
11:40 a.m.: 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
Noon: Opening Ceremonies
Raising of the Colors
National Anthems
12:20 p.m.: Birds of Prey Demonstrations
12:30 p.m.: US/ANAPBA Drums Major
Preliminary Heats

Athletic Heavy Events:
1:00 p.m.: Caber & Weight for Height Pros
Amateur MenÕs & WomenÕs & Master Classes

Closing Ceremonies:
3:45 p.m.: US/ANAPBA Drum Major Finals
4:15 p.m.: 1st Battalion Scots Guards
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band
4:55 p.m.: Drum Major Display
5:15 p.m.: Presentation of the Chief
1st Chieftain & Honorary Guests
5:30 p.m.: Massed Pipe Bands
6:30 p.m.: Bands March Off

Musical Entertainment (schedule subject to change):
10:00 a.m. Ð 4:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Celtica and 1916 on Argyle, Stage 1
Browne Sisters and Michael Mullen on Edinburgh, Stage 2
Brother and The Wicked Tinkers on Strathclyde, Stage 3
Golden Bough and John Mclean Allan on The Glen, Stage 4

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