The new World Pipe Band Champions are Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Lisburn Northern Ireland, writes the Editor.
It was an 11th title for the band and their pipe major, Richard Parkes, who is now only one short of the all time record of wins held by P/M Ian McLellan and his Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.
FMM produced two stunning performances to take the title, chased as they were by an on-form Inveraray & District Pipe Band who had already won two major titles this season.
But FM would not be denied and after their performance in the Qualifying round yesterday, those who heard them knew something big was afoot. It came in the shape of near perfect displays of technical and musical brilliance in both the MSR and Medley in Arena 1 at Glasgow Green.
Afterwards P/M Parkes said: ‘Something just happened whereby we were able to raise the bar another notch. I don’t know what it was, perhaps coming together for the concert.
‘We had to be good because Inveraray pushed us all the way and I do feel sorry for them given how well they performed.’
The Grade 1 result in full:
1 FMM (pictured top leaving the field after the prize giving)
3 St Laurence O’Toole
5 Scottish Power
6 Fife Police
All the drumming prizes in Grade 1 went to St Laurence and their leading tip, Stephen Creighton.
Elsewhere it was a good day for Scottish bands and one from the US and another from Australia. The Grade 2 title came to Scotland via Johnstone Pipe Band, Grade 3a went to the US and the Worcester Kilties, with Falkirk’s Wallacestone and District in second.
Grade 3b saw success for Perth Metro, Australia, proving the Worlds is truly a World Championship. Juvenile saw George Watson’s triumph over their rivals Dollar. Grade 4a went to the north of Scotland with Ullapool, 4b also to Johnstone, Novice A to North Lanarkshire Schools, Novice B to the 1st Troon BB.
For full summary lists go to the RSPBA website here. Stay tuned for updates and comment.