July 31, 2002

Field Marshal Captures British

Ayr, Scotland – July 27, 2002 – The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Belfast has won the 2002 British Pipe Band Championships, continuing to gain momentum just weeks before the World Championships on August 10.

Shotts & Dykehead finished second and won the drumming, but the bigger news of the day was that St. Laurence O’Toole of Dublin and Dysart & Dundonald of Fife, Scotland, were fifth and sixth, respectively, placing ahead of Boghall & Bathgate, as did the Lothian & Borders Police, which apparently finished just shy of the prize list in seventh.

According to the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s league table qualifying system for the final of the World Championships, the six RSPBA bands to go through will be: Field Marshal Montgomery, Shotts & Dykehead, ScottishPower, Strathclyde Police, Boghall & Bathgate, and Dysart & Dundonald. St. Laurence O’Toole qualifies as an “overseas” band, and those seven will be joined, by merit of placing in last year’s World’s, overseas bands Simon Fraser University and the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

Bands will compete in the qualifying MSR competition at the World’s for the remaining six spots in the 14-band final.

Stay tuned to Piper & Drummer Online for information on the Grade 1 World’s draw.

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Shotts & Dykehead
3rd ScottishPower
4th Strathclyde Police
5th St Laurence O’Toole
6th Dysart & Dundonald
Drumming: Shotts
Judges: I. MacLellan, G. Summors (piping); A. Dowling (drumming); D. Clark (ensemble)

Grade 2
1st Ballycoan
2nd Bleary
3rd Clan MacGregor
4th Polkemmet
5th Upper Crossgare
6th Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary
Drumming: Clan MacGregor
Judges: G. Shepherd, A. Wright (piping); C. Mourdant (drumming); T. Dear (ensemble)

Grade 3A
1st Tullintrain
2nd Lomond and Clyde
3rd Vale of Atholl
4th Lord Edward Owen Narraghmore
5th Royal Burgh of Stirling
6th Milngavie
Drumming: Tullintrain

Grade 3B
1st Inverkeithing & District
2nd West Midlands Police
3rd Pontefract & District
4th Dingwall RBL
5th Turriff & District
6th Greater Manchester City Fire Service
Drumming: Inverkeithing

1st Lochgelly
2nd George Watson’s School
3rd Dumbarton & district
4th Paisley
Drumming: Lochgelly

Grade 4A
1st Quinn Memorial
2nd Arbroath RBL
3rd Tulloch Nairn
4th Altnaveigh Memorial
5th Linlithgow & District
6th Mountfield
Drumming: Quinn Memorial

Grade 4B
1st 71st Engineers Regiment
3rd Tweedvale
4th Kirkcauldy & District
5th Girvan & District
6th Old Meldrum
Drumming: 71st Engineers

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


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