TRIVIA: The original R.P. Blandford & Son Pipe Band was formed in 1986 by pipe major Kevin R. Blandford, who led the band to several West Coast championship titles and a second-place award at the 2000 World Championships in Scotland.
After Blandford's death in November 2003, the band changed its name to the Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band. From 2004 until 2008, Blandford's student and successor, Matt Nonnemacher, led the band to more titles, including a third- and fifth-place finish at the World Championships in 2004 and 2007, respectively.
Thousands of pipers and drummers from far and wide, in over a hundred bands, will compete to be European Champions in their grade. Pipe Majors and Highland Dancers also compete in this event, run under the auspices of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA). Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky are again the title sponsor.