European Pipe Band Championships 2019 Results

Bught Park, Inverness, was the new home for this year’s European Pipe Band Championships, the third major of the season. A healthy 120 bands entered and an ultimately wet but warm day ensured a good crowd – with many staying on to see Inveraray crowned Grade 1 champions. Smartest band on parade were Glasgow Skye Association.

The full result in Grade 1 was:
1 Inveraray
2 Boghall
4 Scottish Power
6 Shotts
Drumming: Inveraray

Inveraray on their way to victory today

In Grade 2, Closkelt from Northern Ireland were notable absentees.

Grade 2
1 Portlethan
2 Uddingston Strathclyde
3 Annan
4 Buchan Peterson
5 Mackenzie Cal.
6 Highland Granite
Drumming: Buchan Peterson

Grade 3a
1 Deeside Cal.
2 City of Inverness
3 Highlanders (4 Scots)
4 Mackenzie Cal.
5 Stockbridge
6 Ross & Cromarty P&D
Drumming: Inverness

Grade 3b
1 Oban High School
2 Turriff
3 Kilmarnock
4 Dunbar RBL
5 Arbroath
6 Lanark
Drumming: Dunbar RBL


1 Dollar Acad.
2 George Watson’s
3 George Heriot’s
4 Boghall
5 Preston Lodge
Drumming: George Heriot’s

Dollar Academy, winners of the Juvenile grade at the 2019 Europeans

Grade 4a
1 Mid-Argyll
2 Methil
3 Lower Clyde
4 Glenrothes
5 Rothesay
6 Elgin
Drumming: Glenrothes

Grade 4b
1 Edradour Pitlochry
2 Camelon
3 Strathendrick
4 Culter
5 Vale of Atholl
6 Ullapool
Drumming: Edradour Pitlochry

North Lanarkshire Schools

Novice A
1 N Lanarkshire Schools
2 Lochalsh Junior
3 Dollar Academy
4 George Watson’s
5 Scotch College, Melbourne
6 Stirling Schools
Drumming: N Lanarkshire Schools

Novice B
1 Scotch College, Melbourne
2 N Lanarkshire Schools
3 Lochgelly High
4 Skye Youth PB
5 Renfrew Schools
6 City off Inverness Youth
Drumming: Lochgelly High

  • Get full summaries here. Stay tuned to PP for reports on the playing at Inverness.

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4 thoughts on “European Pipe Band Championships 2019 Results

  1. I wasn’t impressed with Bught Park yesterday. My elderly sister and I were exhausted walking from the park and ride bus stop to the venue. We couldn’t walk any further than a tea tent. By the time the band’s started in the afternoon the rain started and we had to leave. Very disappointed. My tickets were a mother’s day gift from my son so he was not impressed either.

  2. Hi Robert,
    Good to see you looking fit and well yesterday,
    I think RSPBA big shots really need to think again about venues.
    Yesterday’s venue was a dismal runner up to Forres (in my humble opinion), it was relatively hard to get to, badly laid out and prices were greedily horrendous… £10 for a normal size burger and a wee portion of chips for our hungry offspring.??…I am still in shock and I declined a reviving drink as I was scared to visit the bar type beer tent upgrade as I would probably have ended up in Raigmore hospital.
    I suppose we would have to see the venue in better weather to be fair but till I’m convinced otherwise in my mind Forres will take some beating
    Best regards

    1. Thanks for that Andy and good to see you too. I have some thoughts on the day which will be in tomorrow’s bulletin from Piping Press. All the best. RW

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