August 31, 2004

Cowal Championship goes to Field Marshal

Dunoon, Scotland – August 28, 2004 – Belfast’s Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band sewed-up a great 2004 season by winning the final major of the year, the Cowal Championship, against 16 other Grade 1 bands. House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead settled for second, while the Republic of Ireland’s St. Laurence O’Toole had another high finish, taking third.

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Ulster)
2nd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (Eire)
4th Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
5th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
6th Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
Drumming: Shotts & Dykehead

The win confirmed Field Marshal Montgomery as RSPBA Champion of Champions in Grade 1 as a band, and their drum section’s high finish secured its victory in that category also.

Grade 2
1st Balinderry Bridge (Ulster)
2nd 52nd Lowland Regiment (Scotland)
3rd Drambuie-Kirkliston (Scotland)
4th Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
5th Cullybackey (Ulster)
6th Lochgelly High School (Scotland)
Drumming: Ballinderry Bridge

Ballinderry Bridge and Drambuie-Kirkliston finished the majors season in a tie for the Grade 2 RSPBA Champion of Champions award, with the title going to Ballinderry Bridge because of the band’s win at the World Championships. Ballinderry Bridge’s drum section also wins the Champion of Champions award.


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