Field Marshal Montgomery: 2011 Scottish Champions

Published: May 31, 2011
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Dumbarton, Scotland – May 21, 2011 - Field Marshal Montgomery started its championships season with a win of the 2011 Scottish Pipe Band Championships held in mainly cold, rainy, windy conditions at Leven Grove Park. By mid-afternoon the massed bands had been cancelled. 2010 World Champions St. Laurence O’Toole settled for second, while ScottishPower made its way into the top three, despite a bad attack. Fife Constabulary snuck into the prize-list with a sixth, the band’s first placing at a major championship.

pipes|drums was first with the Grade 1 and Grade 2 results, posted as they were announced from the content. Readers of pipes|drums chose the top four Grade 1 finishers exactly in the magazines Poll, which is now closed, but still available to view data.

Grade 1 (MSR, 13 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole
3rd ScottishPower
4th Boghall & Bathgate
5th Inveraray & District
6th Fife Constabulary

Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole
Judges: Iain MacLellan, C. Moffat (piping); John MacInnes (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)

 

Grade 2 (medley, 17 competed)
1st Grampian Police
2nd Buchan
3rd Glasgow Skye
4th Denny & Dunipace
5th Seven Towers
6th Ravara

Drumming: Denny & Dunipace
Judges: Jim Campbell, John Wilson (piping); David Brown (drumming); David Clark (ensemble)

Grade 3A (16 competed)
1st Oban
2nd Pitlochry & Blair Atholl
3rd Police Service of Northern Ireland
4th Quinn
5th City of Edinburgh
6th RAF Halton

Drumming: Oban
Judges: W, Garrett, C. Edgar (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)

Grade 3B (14 competed)
1st Stockbridge
2nd Stamperland
3rd Glenrothes
4th Troon
5th Badenoch & Stathspey
6th Rothesay

Drumming: Stockbridge
Judges: John McCarlie, R. Campbell (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)

Juvenile (seven competed)
1st George Watson’s College
2nd Dollar Academy
3rd Boghall & Bathgate
4th North Lanarkshire Schools
5th Oban High School
6th Vale of Atholl

Drumming: George Watson’s College
Judges: Iain MacLellan, C. Moffat (piping); John MacInnes (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)

Grade 4A (23 competed)
1st Scottish Borders
2nd Thiepvale Memorial
3rd Upper Grossgare
4th University of Bedfordshire
5th 2622 Highland Squadron
6th Arbroath RBL

Drumming: Kilsyth Thistle
Judges: W, Garrett, C. Edgar (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)

Grade 4B (21 competed)
1st Closkelt
2nd Bo’ness RBL
3rd Nottinghamshire Police
4th Strahendrick
5th Lanark
6th Stockbridge

Drumming: Bo’ness RBL
Judges: John Nevans, Aandrew Wright (piping); S. Steele (drumming); Alistair Aitken (ensemble)

Novice (20 competed)
1st George Watson’s College
2nd Kintyre Schools
3rd Craigmount High School
4th Erskine Stuart’s Melville
5th 1st Troon BB
6th George Harriot’s School

Drumming: George Watson’s College
Judges: John Nevans, Aandrew Wright (piping); S. Steele (drumming); Alistair Aitken (ensemble)

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