Karimabad Scouts Band bagged the top prize in the Scottish style bagpipes and drums band competition, dubbed as “Gilgit Mela Marching Band 2013,” held in Gilgit today, our correspondent reported.
The event, which was the greatest battle of bands in history of GB, was attended by 13 pipes bands in addition to three brass bands from across Gilgit Baltistan (GB), including Gilgit Police pipes band and NLI brass band. The event was held at the Lalik Jan Shaheed Stadium.
The competition was held in two categories: Bagpipes and drums band and brass band. GB Scouts brass band took home first prize in the second category.
Karimabad Scouts Band reportedly delivered an outstanding performance and came out winner in the competition’s first category. Other bands that participated in the competition included the Aga Khan Silver Jubilee Band Gulmit, Chipurson Band, Shimshal Band, Ghulkin Band, Karimabad Band, Aliabad Band, Hyderabad Band and a number of others.
The event was organized by the GB tourism department in collaboration with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) and Karakoram Cooperative Bank. It is pertinent to here that the GB government has lately remained active in bringing wonderfully entertaining events to the city and the surrounding area.
The bands gala was reportedly not open for the general public, thus the people of Gilgit missed to witness the biggest competition of bands. Our correspondent said that only students from the schools and colleges around the Lalik Jan Shaheed Stadium were allowed to watch the event. The reason for keeping the public away from the event is not yet known.
A number of officials of the GB government attended the festivity, including GB Governor Pir Karam Ali Shah, Force Commander GB and GB Secretary Tourism besides officials of GB Scouts and GB Police Department.