2008 A Year in Review
we started our engagements by playing for Kilwining Lodge's Scottish
Appreciation night on January
18th, we have been playing this event as
long as I have been a member of the band and it is a great way to
start the New Year, once again thanks to Kilwining Lodge for the
On February 7th, we played
at the Mocha Shrine Club Burn's Night another night, enjoyed by the
This year 2008, The Royal Scots
have the honour of having one of their own, Ill. Sir Gail MacKay being
Potentate of Mocha and on May 3rd, we played at the Potentates Ball at the
Hilton Hotel in London, this evening turned out to be a great success for
the band, so much so that we have been asked to do something similar next
year for the Daughters of the Nile.
31st, was the scheduled date for the spring ceremonial to be held in
Ingersoll, unfortunately the parade had to be cancelled due to rain,
thunder storms and lightning, we hope another date can be set up to have
June 8th, was the date this
year for the annual Kilwining Lodge sunrise breakfast, once again, it was
a most enjoyable morning and the band certainly look forward to this
Saturday, June 14th, saw
the band playing the Poplar Hill parade, it has been a few years since we
marched the streets of Poplar Hill and it felt good to be back
From June 28th, to July 1st,
several members of the band attended the Imperial Session in St. Louis,
while there we had the opportunity to compete in individual and band
competition. I am pleased to say that once again we done very well with
wining eight medals for individual competitions and winning the title of
Champions Supreme in the band competitions.
On Sunday July 13th, Mocha had an open day to
celebrate our 100th, anniversary along with the other units, the Royal
Scots put on a short performance in the park, it seemed to be very well
received by the enthusiastic crowd.
Another parade that seems to have turned into an
annual event for the band is playing at the Wheatley Fish Festival, this
year we played there on August 2nd, once more thank you for the
August 8th, saw us play the
first of our two annual engagements in Bothwell, this is always a pleasant
parade to play, as for the other well it is in December.
Well finally, our patient Potentate got his Spring
Ceremonial, the date, August 23rd, better late than never. It was great
weather that day, the parade went well, and during the parade, we had the
opportunity to play for a former unit director of the Royal Scots and Pipe
Major of the Ingersoll Pipe band, Pipe Major Bob Collins.
After the parade on the 23rd, I went straight on a 10
day bicycle trip so I was unable to attend this years annual B.B.Q. but I
was told that once again everyone had a great time, thanks
The weather had changed by
September and on September 13th we played a wet and soggy Rodney Fair,
once again this is one of our annual events and once again we would like
to thank our sponsor for this event.
the weekend of September 18th to 20th we attended the Great Lakes Shrine
Association in Mason Ohio. As well as the main parade on Saturday morning,
there were solo and band competitions on Friday afternoon and once again,
we were successful in the individual medals. and we came third in the band
It's not very often this
happens, but we had a very pleasant surprise at the West Lorne parade on
November 28th. Not only was there no snow around but the temperature was
above the freezing mark, this makes it almost tropical, once again thanks
to Jimmy Carmichael for his pre - parade hospitality.
What a difference a week can make, but on Friday,
December 5th, we played the Bothwell Santa Clause parade. It was a bitter
cold night, just the right kind of night to make a parade debut, I would
like to thank our latest member of the Royal Scots who came out on parade
that night, Drummer Rick McLeod, welcome Rick. After the parade, we were
invited back to John and Brenda's house for some social time and
refreshments. John done a fine job with his home made Haggis, I am not
just saying this to get an invite back again next year but it was really
good, on behalf of the band I would like to thank John and Brenda for
We had our Christmas
banquet on Saturday, December 13th, we had a tremendous turn out for the
banquet, the meal was great and as usual the company was the best. After
the meal Jimmy Carmichael usually plays a few tunes on the piano but this
year Jimmy was unable to attend the banquet, I would like to thank Fidel
for stepping up and tinkling the ivory's this year, along with John
McIntyre on fiddle they both done a great job.
To end the year the band was invited to the
Potentate's dinner on Sunday, December 14th, Ken Webster, Stew Watt,
George Gibson and myself Piped the Potentate and Lady Marline into the
hall, thanks for a wonderful dinner Gail, you done a fantastic job for
Mocha as Potentate in 2008. I know that you will miss the constant
travelling but sit back, relax, have a cigar, rye and coke and try to take
it easy over the next few months you both deserve it.
In closing, I would like to thank everyone once again
for your support over the last year, we are looking forward to a busy 2009
with a new competition set to learn, parades to look forward to, G.L.S.A.
in September and to start the year off, playing for Kilwining Lodge
"Scottish Appreciation Night," on Friday, January 16th, 2009.
From my family and myself I would like to wish each
of you a Happy and Prosperous 2009.
Illustrious Sir Gail