Scotland Celebrates Outstanding World Pipe Band Championships

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia were named the World Pipe Band Champions for 2015 at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow yesterday.

Thousands of pipers and drummers gathered in Glasgow have seen a Scottish band crowned world champions for the first time in a decade.

Some 230 bands from 16 nations such as Canada, the US, Oman, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, took part in The World Pipe Band Championships, including many Police Pipe Bands.

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia (see video below) were named world champions – the first Scottish winner since 2005. In second place overall was the St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band from the Republic of Ireland, with Inverary and District Pipe Band in third.

The competition is the culmination of the week-long Piping Live festival.

Although New Zealand Police did not win, they’ve performed admirably:

Top level – Grade 1

  1. Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
  2. St Laurence O’Toole
  3. Inveraray & District
  4. Field Marshall Montgomery
  5. Simon Fraser University
  6. Scottish Power

In a particularly tight contest, Inveraray were equal second overall on marks, with Shotts & Dykehead on 18 and both St Laurence O’Toole and Inveraray on 21. Inveraray was placed third because, across the two Grade 1 tests of the March, Strathspey and Reel and the Medley,  St Laurence O’Toole was one point better on its ensemble playing – the distinguishing criterion in a tie.

Inveraray were equal first on marks with Shotts & Dykehead in the March, Strathspey and Reel but were given second place because Shotts & Dykehad had a better mark for their ensemble playing. They were placed 3rd in the Medley – to Shotts & Dykehead who won it and to St Laurence O’Toole.

Inveraray and Field Marshall Montgomery were equal first in the piping element of the first contest, the March, Stathspey and Reel.

Inveraray was first in its ensemble playing in their stupendous Medley which left virtually speechless the international expert commentator for BBC Scotland.

Shotts and Dykehead won both the March, Strathspey and Reel prize and the prize for the Medley.

St Laurence O’Toole carried off all of the drumming prizes -which befits their drum corps performance all season.

Inveraray & District’s Liam Renton was awarded 4th place in the adult Drum Majors contest.

As a sad footnote for Field Marshal Montgomery, finishing in 4th place overall and in each of the two tests, it was their drumming that did for them. All their marks for the other disciplines were collectively competitive but they got 8th and 7th places respectively for drumming and, possibly because of this – they had the best marks in piping in both March, Strathspey and Reel and Medley – they were 4th in ensemble playing.

By contrast, Inveraray, also had problems in their drums corps performance this season, came good when it mattered, taking 3rd place in drumming in each test.

Read more at BBC News, ForArgyll, and watch LiveStream for coverage of the first day of the event.

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