Worlds Full Results: Boghall Do It At Last!

Boghall’s P/M Ross Harvey leads the march from the field with P/Sgt Callum Watson taking over. In a nice touch, former P/M Ross Walker was invited to join the front rank

Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, under P/M Ross Harvey, are the new World Pipe Band Champions. They were placed first ahead of Field Marshal Montgomery today at Glasgow Green. SFU took the drumming title.

190 bands took part across all grades. Conditions were wet and windy with occasional sunshine.  The RSPBA summary sheets showed the final totals. (Such were the numbers accessing the site that it crashed on Saturday evening and still had not been restored on the Sunday.)

The Grade 1 title was earned over two days of competition before 16 judges, each contributing to the final total. Results:

Grade 1
1 Boghall
2 FMM
3 Inveraray
4 SFU
5 Shotts
6 SLOT
Drumming: SFU; Drumming MSR: SFU; Drumming Medley: FMM
Overall MSR: FMM; Overall Medley: Boghall
Champion of Champions: Inveraray
Champions of Champions Drumming: FMM


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Grade 2
1 Annan
2 Buchan Peterson
3 Manorcunningham
4 Port Lethan
5 Ravara
6 Uddingston
Drumming: Glasgow Skye
Champion of Champions: Annan
Champions of Champions Drumming: Annan

Grade 3A
1 Tullylaggan
2 Robert Malcolm Mem.
3 Vale of Atholl
4 Coalburn IOR
5 McNeilstown
6 Clogher
Drumming: Tullylaggan
Champion of Champions: Coalburn IOR
Champions of Champions Drumming: Tullylaggan


Tullylaggan

Grade 3b
1 Haileybury, Australia
2 Cullybackey
3 Macanta
4 Ross & Cromarty P&D School
5 Methil
6 Lower Clyde
Drumming: Macanta
Champion of Champions: Ross & Cromarty
Champions of Champions Drumming: Macanta

Juvenile
1 Dollar Acad.
2 G Watson’s
3 St Andrew’s Coll., NZ
4 G Heriot’s
5 Preston Lodge
Drumming: Dollar Acad.
Champion of Champions: Dollar Acad.
Champions of Champions Drumming: Dollar Acad.

Grade 4a
1 Burntisland
2 Syerla
3 Cape Breton Island, Canada
4 Cloughfin
5 Gransha
6 Rothesay
Drumming: Uddingston Strath.
Champion of Champions: Burntisland
Champions of Champions Drumming: Uddingston Strath.

Grade 4b
1 Scots School Albany, Australia
2 Royal Army of Oman
3 Letterkenny, Eire
4 Govan Community, Glasgow
5 City of Aberdeen
6 City of Discovery
Drumming: Scots School Albany, Australia
Champion of Champions: Scots School Albany, Australia
Champions of Champions Drumming: Altnaveigh

Novice A
1 St Columba’s School
2 West Lothian Schools
3 Scots College, Australia
4 G Watson’s Coll.
5 High School Dundee
6 N Lanarkshire Schools
Drumming: G Watson’s
Champion of Champions: St Columba’s School
Champions of Champions Drumming: Dollar Academy

Novice B
1 Renfrewshire Schools
2 Lochgelly High
3 Oban High
4 St John’s Coll., Zimbabwe
5 St Thomas Episcopal School, USA
6 Bucksburn Novice
Drumming: St Thomas Episcopal School, USA
Champions of Champions: Lochgelly
Champions of Champions Drumming: Dollar

Best Band on Parade: Royal Army of Oman

• Stay tuned to Piping Press for our exclusive commentary on the Worlds.


17 thoughts on “Worlds Full Results: Boghall Do It At Last!

  1. To be aclaimed first is something special. I wonder what Bob would say. The 1980’s was a very special time for Boghall too.

  2. Yes it was REFRESHING result. No matter how good or how consistent a band is it’s great to see NEW WINNERS. ITS VERY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE WORK FROM THE EARLY 70S OF DRUMMING AND PIPING LEGENDS OF TOM BROWN LATE BOB MARTIN. I MUST ALSO ADD DEARLY BELOVED COMPOSER BOB ABBOT EVERY ONE RAVES ABOUT THE BAND FORGET TO MENTION THE THE FOUNDATION AND ENGINE ROOM THAT STARTED THIS GORDON BROWN THE WALKER BROTHERS CRAIG AND ROSS. I WAS REM THE LATE NEIL CRANSTON AND THE BASS DRUMMER AKA THE BIG ROAD BRUSHER.

    1. Bob Abbott was a musical genius, I had the pleasure of meeting him and hear him play the accordion at the home of Edith and Davey Reid, he gave us some great tunes to play in Milltown Accordion Band, for that we are forever grateful.

  3. I am very happy for the results yesterday…

    But, if I may comment on the coolest thing I have ever witnessed at any band championships, it would be the St. Thomas Alumni Band and the Piper Austin…

    As Bob Worrall noted, Austin is a great piper…and also blind…

    What was cool was how the piper next to Austin signaled the time signature change by tapping on Austin’s foot…

    1. On another Glasgow media stream they had an interview with a young woman who’s had crippling arthritis since early childhood. She’s piper in one of the other bands, I didn’t catch the name. She uses a slightly modified chanter so that the chair didn’t muffle her sound.

      These two stories of challenged players is a credit to the humanity represented by the pipe bands.

  4. Some of us will remember Boghall from their early days and their charge up the grades. Fantastic result!

  5. I watched much of it on video streaming and was amazed by high level of playing from all the bands featured.

  6. Many congratulations Boghall & Bathgate on becoming WORLD CHAMPIONS . This is what is required to mix things up.Hope that all other bands take note of what can be achieved.

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