Scottish Championships Underway/ Skye: Dunvegan Medal Draw

The penultimate pipe band championship of the season is underway at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton, west of Glasgow.

141 bands will compete for the Scottish Champions title in nine grades from Novice B to Grade 1.

The contest concludes at 5.20pm with MacKenzie Caledonia’s performance in Grade 2. First results approximately an hour later.
Get them as they are announced by joining Twitter and the RSPBA’s feed. Alternatively wait a few minutes and read the summaries here.

To hear Grade 1, get along to the park (admission free) for 2.15pm. Here is the order of play and times:

Grade 1 – Final
14:15 Scottish Power
14:25 Inveraray and District
14:35 Field Marshal Montgomery
14:45 Bleary and District
14:55 Police Scotland Fife
15:05 Ravara
15:15 Vale of Atholl
15:25 St Laurence O’Toole
15:35 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
15:45 Spirit of Scotland
15:55 Peoples Ford – Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
16:05 Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band

Adjudicators:  Anthony Sloane,  John Connor, Greg Dinsdale
Joe Noble.

The picture above is from the Scottish Championships in 2008. It shows P/M Stuart Liddell leading the band from the field after winning the Grade 2 title.


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The annual Skye Gathering Dunvegan Medal competition begins at 8.30am on Tuesday (Aug. 2) in the Skye Gathering Hall, Portree. Here is the running order:

1 Jamie Forrester
2 Andrew Bell
3 Anna Kummerlöw (Germany)
4 Matt Pantaleoni (USA)
5 Gordon Barclay
6 Darach Urquhart
7 Steve Spencer
8 Derek Midgley (USA)
9 Alasdair Henderson
10 Neil Clark (scratched)
11 Jenny Hazzard
12 John Angus Smith
13 Brighde Chaimbeul
14 Bruce MacDonald
15 Jamie Elder
16 Greig Canning
17 Andrew Carlisle (Northern Ireland)
18 John MacDonald
19 Jan Belak (Germany)
20 Nick Hudson (USA)
21 J Ross Cowan
22 Mike Fitzhenry
23 Andrew Hall (Northern Ireland)
24 Martin Kessler (Germany)
25 Sandy Cameron

Pipers have to submit four tunes all of MacCrimmon provenance; as a result the music is of the highest quality. The winner is entitled to compete for the Clasp to the medal on Tuesday evening. There is also a full range of light music on offer at Skye with the Kemble Star for Marches and the Peter MacFarquhar Medal for Strathspeys and Reels the two most prestigious awards.

These competitions are held on Wednesday with the Silver Chanter competition at Dunvegan Castle in the evening.

Results for all events here when we receive them.


Still time to enter! Entries close Aug 5.