Field Marshal Win UK Pipe Band Championships

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (pictured) are the UK Grade 1 Champions after a clear victory today in the grounds of Stormont Castle, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Grade 1
1 FMM
2 Inveraray
3 Scottish Power
4 Spirit of Scotland
5 Shotts
6 St Laurence
Drumming: Spirit of Scotland
G2:
1 Police Service N Ireland
2 Glasgow Skye
3 Johnstone
4 Buchan Peterson
5 Lomond & Clyde
6 Closkelt
Drumming: Glasgow Skye

Grade 3a went to Colmcille (drumming Aughintober), G3b to Matt Boyd Mem. (drumming to Bothwell Castle), Juv to Dollar Academy (drumming to George Watson’s) , 4a to Cleland Memorial (drumming to Ullapool who were also 2nd in the grade), 4b to St Mary’s Derrytransa, Novice A to Dollar  Academy and Novice B to Preston Lodge.

Get full summaries here.

All eyes were on Grade 1 where bands had to play an MSR. Was Inveraray’s victory at Paisley a flash in the pan or a sign of sustained progress? Would Field Marshal’s dominance in piping finally give them a victory on home soil?

There was a record entry of 115 bands, a 15% increase on last year. These included Dowco Triumph Street from Vancouver who opted to travel over for the UKs rather than the Worlds.

 

Perfect....the competition arenas at the UKs
Perfect….the competition arenas at the UKs

Entries were as follows: Grade 1 : 13, Grade 2 15, Grade 3a 14, Grade 3b: 16, Juvenile: 6, Grade 4a: 20, Grade 4b: 25, Novice: 6. Judges announced previously are as follows:
G1: Donald MacPhee, John Wilson, Alex Dudgeon, John Moles
G2: Jim Semple, Cameron Edgar, Bill Black, Alan Ronaldson
G3A: Colin Moffett, George Wilson, Harry Russell, Paul Turner
G3B: William Garrett, Jim Campbell, Paul Brown, Gordon Lawrie
Juv: Donald MacPhee, John Wilson, Alex Dudgeon, John Moles
G4A: Colin Moffett, George Wilson, Harry Russell, Paul Turner
G4B (1): Jim Semple, Cameron Edgar, Bill Black Alan Ronaldson
G4B (2): William Garrett, Jim Campbell, Paul Brown, Gordon Lawrie
Nov A: Winston Pollock, Peter Snaddon, Sandy Steele, Robert Mathieson
Nov B Winston Pollock, Peter Snaddon, Sandy Steele, Robert Mathieson


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Read a report on last year’s UKs here.


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