Shoreline piper competing in Glasgow International Piping Festival in Scotland

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

World Pipe Band Championships and Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, August 11-17, 2014.

Alexander Schiele, Shoreline Community College student, and long-time member of the Northwest Junior Pipe Band, will be competing with his band in the World Pipe Band Championships August 11-17 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The biggest piping festival in the world, the festival features over 200 events enjoyed by 50,000 spectators, with 8,000 performers from 150 nations.

Alexander Schiele, Piper

Alexander Schiele started life as a piper at the age of 8 with the Northwest Junior Pipe Band of Shoreline, where he became Pipe Major after four years. After just seven years of playing, he was appointed Pipe Major of a combined Grade 3 band from Shoreline and Vancouver, Northwest / White Spot United Pipe Band.

He also joined the elite Grade 1 band Dowco Triumph Street from Vancouver, and enjoyed a successful trip to Scotland with both bands in 2011. At the World Championships Northwest White Spot United won fifth prize in the highly competitive Juvenile grade, while Dowco Triumph Street won the Grade 1 qualifier and came sixth in the final medley competition to finish 9th overall.

Dowco Triumph Street have remained in the top ten in the world ever since, including an eight place in 2012. Alexander's first performance with them was at the curling events at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band
He is an accomplished solo player, and was selected to perform a solo and duet on the band's 2012 CD "With Purpose". He studies music at Shoreline Community College, and gives back to the Shoreline community where he began his musical journey by assisting the Northwest Junior Pipe Band.

In addition to helping Dowco Triumph Street better their already strong World Championship record. Alexander is also competing in the famous Pipe Idol competition for young solo pipers. Now in its 10th year, Pipe Idol is one of the most popular fixtures of the Piping Live! festival, and last year the final was live-streamed around the world. Alexander is competing in Heat 1 on Monday, August 11am at 3pm local time at the National Piping Centre Street Cafe in Glasgow, Scotland.

Alexander will be a worthy ambassador for Shoreline to the global audience flocking to Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games, Piping Live!, the World Pipe Band Championships and the year of Homecoming Scotland.


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