June 30, 2001

European Pipe Band Champions: Field Marshal Montgomery

Ayr, Scotland – June 23, 2001 – The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Belfast, Northern Ireland, got sweet vindication by winning the 2001 European Pipe Band Championships here today after finishing second at the British Championships in May when a tie for first was broken by ensemble judge Robert Shepherd. Field Marshal also won the 2000 European Championship, and was last to play of the 13 Grade 1 bands in this year’s contest.

Second place went to Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia of Bathgate, Scotland, and third to British Champions Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia. Field Marshal also won the drumming in Grade 1.

Grade 2 was won by Ravara, also of Northern Ireland, a band that has had a tremendous year so far and could be expected to dominate for the rest of the season. Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary came up with a strong second, for the band’s highest championship prize in its history.

Grade 1 (medley)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Boghall & Bathgate
3rd Shotts & Dykehead
4th ScottishPower
5th MacNaughton’s Vale of Atholl
6th Strathclyde Police
Drum corps: Field Marshal
Judges: T. Dear, I. Mathieson (piping); W. Goodall (drumming); C. Mordaunt (ensemble)

Grade 2 (MSR)
1st Ravara
2nd Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary
3rd Ballycoan
4th Bleary & District
5th Cullybackey
6th City of Glasgow
Drum corps: Ravara
Judges: R. Shepherd, J. Wilson (piping); A. Dowling (drumming); A. Ronaldson (ensemble)

Grade 3A
1st Tullylagan
2nd Woodgrange
3rd Howard Memorial
4th University of Luton
5th MacLean of Annan
6th Banbridge
Drum corps: Tullylagan

Grade 3B
1st Syerla
2nd Tullintrain
3rd Ballydonaghy
4th Inverkeithing & District
5th Augharonan
6th Cullenfad
Drum corps: Tullintrain

1st Lochgelly High School
2nd Dumbarton & District
3rd Burntisland
4th George Watson’s College
5th MacNaughton’s Vale of Atholl
6th Stewart Melville
Drum corps: Burntisland

Grade 4A
1st Brother Matt Boyd Memorial
2nd Northern Caledonia
3rd Finvoy
4th Lomond & Clyde
5th Altnaveigh
6th Ballybriest
Drum corps: Lomond & Clyde

Grade 4B
1st Gortaclare
2nd Arbroath RBL
3rd Nairn
4th Perth & District
5th Williamwood 128th Boys Brigade
6th Newmains & District
Drum corps: Arbroath RBL

Novice Juvenile
1st Paisley
2nd Lochgelly High School
3rd 47th Culter Boys Brigade
4th Bucksburn & District
5th 1st Troon Boys Brigade
6th Craigmount High School
Drum corps: Seafield & District


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