Glasgow, Scotland – August 14, 1999 – Simon Fraser University Pipe Band of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, won the 1999 World Pipe Championships here today, while favourites Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia finished a close second.
In just as big an upset, SFU also won the drumming.
Third was Field Marshal Montgomery of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Glasgow’s Scottish Power finished fourth.
Strathclyde Police and McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl rounded out the list.
The 78th Fraser Highlanders, winners of the North American Championships at Maxville two weeks previous and fourth at last year’s World’s, were not in the list. The 78th were favoured by many to win the World’s this year. The band finished eighth at the 1999 World’s.
Also in the Grade 1 final were Boghall & Bathgate (seventh), David Urquhart Travel (ninth), Peel Regional Police of Brampton, Ontario (tenth), the Los Angeles Scots (eleventh), and the New Zealand Police (twelfth).
Grade 2 was won by perennial runners-up, City of Washington of Washington, DC, USA. COW had been chasing the Grade 2 event prize for several years.
In second was Alameda County Sheriff’s Department (USA), Hamilton (USA) was third, and Bucksburn & District (Aberdeen, Scotland) fourth.
In fifth was the Niagara Regional Police of Hamilton, Ontario, who have locked up the ’99 Ontario Champion Supreme title already. Niagara was unfortunate to get drenched in a sudden heavy downpour. Prince Charles (San Fransico) was sixth.
Grade 3A: 1st Bleary & District, 2nd Newtongrange, 3rd Clonoe, 4th Oban, 5th St Marys, 6th Culter & Dist
Grade 3B: 1st Lord Edwards, 2nd Benoni (South Africa), 3rd North Belfast, 4th Dornoch, 5th Holbaek, 6th Moneygore
Grade 4A: 1st Augharonan, 2nd Monkstown Mossley, 3rd Newcastle, 4th University of Luton, 5th Hollymont, 6th Castlerock
Grade 4B: 1st High Desert, 2nd Bro Matt Boyd, 3rd Boness RBL, 4th Penicuik, 5th Kinglassie, 6th Linlithgow
Juvenile: 1st Robert Malcolm Memorial
Novice Juvenile: 1st Dunoon Grammar
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