September 30, 2003

European Championship Goes To Boghall & Bathgate

Alden Biesen, Belgium – September 13, 2003 – In the first ever RSPBA competition held in continental Europe, Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia won the European Pipe Championships in a contest that featured onlyu seven other Grade 1 bands.

With Field Marshal Montgomery finishing second and World Champions House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead ending up third, Field Marshal gained the most aggregate points across the five RSPBA majors to claim the 2003 Champion of Champions title.

In Grade 2, Clan Gregor won, virtually assuring that the band would be promoted to Grade 1 for the 2004 season. Only eight Grade 2 bands made the trip to Belgium. A total of only 73 bands attended the contest.

Grade 1
1st Boghall & Bathgate
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery
3rd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
4th Strathclyde Police
5th St. Laurence O’Toole (Eire)
6th ScottishPower
Judges: Piping: Harry McNulty, Malcolm MacKenzie; Drumming: Alistair Dowling; Ensemble: Joe Noble

Also playing in Grade 1 were Vale of Atholl and the Lothian & Borders Police.

Grade 2
1st Clan Gregor
2nd Bleary
3rd Dumbarton & District
4th Boghall & Bathgate
5th University of Luton
6th Drambuie Kirkliston


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