SFU wins its sixth World Championship

Published: August 31, 2009
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Glasgow – August 15, 2009 – Simon Fraser University of Vancouver won its second consecutive and sixth total World Pipe Band Championship at a Glasgow Green that started with very challenging weather, but by 11 am turned into a mainly sunny day. SFU won both the Medley and MSR events and the drumming, making it a commanding victory by the judges. It was the first time in longer than a decade that a different band made the top-three, with St. Laurence O’Toole of Ireland finally breaking the logjam, unseating House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead, which finished fifth.

Grade 1 Overall
1st Simon Fraser University (Canada)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
4th Strathclyde Police (Scotland).
5th House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
6th Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)

Drumming: SFU

Grade 1 Medley
1st    Simon Fraser University
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole
4th Strahclyde Police
5th House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
6th Boghall & Bathgate

Drumming: House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
Judges: I Wood, T. Sloane (piping); G. Craig (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)

Grade 1 MSR
1st Simon Fraser University
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole
4th Strathclyde Police
5th House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
6th Boghall & Bathgate

Drumming: SFU
Judges: Malcolm MacKenzie, John Moles (piping); A. Steele (drumming); David Clark (ensemble)

In Grade 2, Inveraray & District won its fourth major championship of the year, assuring its upgrade to Grade 1. The group started only five years earlier as a Juvenile band, making it one of the fastest rises to the top grade in pipe band history.

Grade 2 (MSR)
1st Inveraray & District (Scotland)
2nd Ravara (Northern Ireland)
3rd Mauchline & District
4th Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary (Scotland)
5th Grampian Police (Scotland)
6th New Westminster Police (Canada)

Drumming: Inveraray
Judges: Alan Ronaldson, G. Lawrie (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); and Denver Cardwell (ensemble)

Grade 3A
1st Killen (Northern Ireland)
2nd Williamwood (Scotland)
3rd Howard Memorial (ensemble preference)
4th McNeillstown (Northern Ireland)
5th Aughintober (Northern Ireland)
6th Cullen

Drumming: Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue

Grade 3B
1st Benoni MacTalla (South Africa)
2nd Castlerock
3rd Ulster Scottish (USA)
4th Methil & District (Scotland)
5th Manor Cunningham
6th Royal Burgh of Stirling (Scotland)

Drumming: Ulster Scottish

Juvenile
1st George Watson’s College (Scotland)
2nd Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
3rd Scotia Glenville (USA)
4th Robert Malcolm Memorial (Canada)
5th Kintyre Schools (Scotland)
6th Robert Wiseman-Dairies Vale of Atholl (Scotland)

Drumming: Boghall

Grade 4A
1st Letterkenny & District (Northern Ireland)
2nd Quinn Memorial (Northern Ireland)
3rd Geoghechan Memorial
4th Matt Boyd Memorial
5th Moneygore
6th City of Timaru Highland (New Zealand)

Drumming: Letterkenny

Grade 4B
1st Thiepval Memorial
2nd Ballyboley
3rd William Kerr Memorial
4th Achill Mayo
5th Tullylagan
6th Pasadena Scottish (USA)

Novice Juvenile
1st George Watson’s College
2nd North Lanarkshire Schools
3rd Johnstone
4th Inveraray & District
5th Dumbarton & District
6th Kintyre Schools

Drumming: George Watson’s

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