The Schenectady Pipe Band, one of the oldest bagpipe bands in the country, has been rated among the best in the eastern United States.
Based on the cumulative judging of more than 25 piping and drumming competitions in 1988, the 35-member Schenectady band has been declared champions of Grade II of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.
Of more than 100 member bands, only four compete in Grade I, the highest category.
Gordon Peters of Albany is pipe major, or chief musical officer, of the band. The drum section is led by Alison Maclean of Scotia.
In competitions, bands are judged strictly on overall musical performance, and piping …