World Solo Drumming: Steven’s the Man Yet Again!

Steven McWhirter of the Inveraray & District Pipe Band is the World Solo Drumming Champion for 2019. He emerged with most points after two hard fought disciplines at the championships held today at Glasgow Caledonian University. It was his ninth consecutive title and his tenth in total. 

Steven is pictured above receiving his trophy from Mr Nigel Hodgson of sponsors Andante Drums with Mr George Ussher, RSPBA President, looking on.

Runner – up was Gareth McLees, Field Marshal with Mick McKenna of SLOT in third. The contest was livestreamed to thousands of viewers around the world. The RSPBA also recorded the Juvenile 5 Final and Adult Final for broadcast on their YouTube channel after the event. For more details when that’s available, and to see all the Association’s championship content, consider subscribing to their YouTube Channel.

More than 150 side drummers in all grades competed.



The prize list in the Adult Final, a combination of marks in MSR (two sets submitted) and Hornpipe & Jig (two of each to be played) was:

1st Steven McWhirter
2nd Gareth McLees
3rd Michael McKenna
4th Blair Brown
5th Grant Cassidy
6th Jake Jørgensen

Third placed Michael McKenna in action today

Judges for the MSR were: Gordon Craig, Gordon Parkes, Lee Innes and Bill Black
Judges for the H&J were: Ciaran Mordaunt, Greg Dinsdale, Stuart Coils and Brian Martin

A very commendable fifth prize for Grant Cassidy

Those who made it through to the Adult Final were: Neil Bruce, Blair Brown, Derek Cooper, Jake Jørgenson, Steven McWhirter, Andrew Lawson, Grant Cassidy Craig Lawrie, Michael McKenna, William Glenholmes, Gareth McLees and Eric MacNeill.

For full results from all grades and events and summary sheets click here. Stay tuned to PP for more form the WSD.


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