Oran Mor, 78th Frasers split North Berwick

Published: August 31, 2012
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North Berwick, Scotland – August 4, 2012 – The last Grade 1 band contest in Scotland before the World Championships was at North Berwick, where a mostly non-Scottish entry competed. Ultimately Oran Mor of New York and Ontario’s 78th Fraser Highlanders won the MSR and Medley, respectively, each with enjoying three of four first placings and the latter winning drumming in both events. The St. Thomas Episcopal School Alumni Pipe Band of Houston played up from Grade 2 in the Grade Medley and took a first and second in piping.

MSR (eight competed)
1st Oran Mor (1,1,4,1)
2nd 78th Fraser Highlanders (2,2,1,2)
3rd Lothian & Borders Police (3,3,3,3)

Judges: John Wilson, Nat Russell (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

Medley (seven competed)
1st 78th Fraser Highlanders (5,1,1,1)
2nd Oran Mor (3,3,3,2)
3rd Torphichen & Bathgate (2,4,5,3)

Judges: Ken Eller, Peter Snadden (piping); Alex Dudgeon (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)

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