August 31, 2008

2008 Cowal Champions: Field Marshal Montgomery

Dunoon, Scotland – August 30, 2008 – Field Marshal Montgomery of Belfast took home the 2008 Cowal Championship, while St. Laurence O’Toole clinched the very close 2008 RSPBA Champion of Champions award after a very close table of results that made Cowal the deciding contest, with SLOT, FMM and Shotts all within striking distance of gaining the award. Shotts took the Champion of Champions award for drumming.
In a break with custom, the RSPBA announced the Grade 1 prizes first, allowing those bands to be first, if they wished, to play “down the road” in the tradition end-of-season march. The association also posted the rest of the results on its website before they were actually announced to the bands, resulting in many bands knowing the results before they were said, and leaving the field.
Grade 1 (medley, 12 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole
3rd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
4th Boghall & Bathgate
5th Strathclyde Police
6th ScottishPower
Drumming: House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
Judges: Malcolm MacKenzie, Ian Wood (piping); Jim Hutton (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)
In Grade 2, Torphichen & Bathgate completed a very successful season with its third championship victory and the Champion of Champions award in the grade.
Grade 2 (MSR, 14 competed)
1st  Torphichen & Bathgate
2nd Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary
3rd Lomond & Clyde
4th Phoenix Honda-Glasgow Skye
5th Grampian Police
6th Mauchline & District
Drumming: Dumfies & Galloway
Judges: Bob Worrall; Annie Grant (piping); Jim Dunlop (drumming); Allan Ronaldson(ensemble)
MacKenzie Caledonian of Dundee, Scotland, continued its terrific year in Grade 3A and also took home the Champion of Champions award.
Grade 3A (medley)
1st  MacKenzie Caledonian
2nd Clydebank
3rd Lanark
4th Deeside Caledonia
5th Williamwood
6th Pitlochry & Blair Atholl
Drumming: Deeside
Judges: Gordon Lawrie. Tony Sloan (piping); Jim Baxter (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)
Grade 3B (medley)
1st  Concord
2nd Central Scotland
3rd Methil
4th Ayr Society
5th Kirkaldy
6th Troon Blackrock
Drumming: Concord
1st  Inverary & District
2nd George Watson’s College
3rd Dollar Academy
4th Kintyre Schools
5th Boghall & Bathgate
6th Vale of Atholl
Drumming: Boghall
Grade 4A
1st Black Bottle
2nd Belgian Blend
3rd Badenoch & Strathspey
4th Royal Burgh of Stirling
5th Buchan
6th Newtongrange
Drumming: Belgian Blend
Grade 4B
1st Stockbridge
2nd Stamperland
3rd Burntisland
4th Dunoon Argyll
5th Frasergurgh
6th Denny & Dunnipace
Drumming: Burntisland
Novice Juvenile
1st Dumbarton
2nd Bucksburn
3rd George Watson’s Collge
4th Lochgelly
5th Kintyre Schools
6th 1st Troon BB
Drumming: George Watson’s




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