Published: August 31, 2004

Field-Marshal Montgomery: 2004 World Champions

Glasgow – August 14, 2004 – Field-Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Northern Irelandbecame the 2004 World Pipe Band Champions here today in good weather at a crowded Glasgow Green. Grade 1 results were not announced until 7:30 p.m.

Grade 1
1st Field-Marshal Montgomery (Ulster)
2nd Simon Fraser University (Canada)
3rd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
4th Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
5th ScottishPower [ens. pref.] (Scotland)
6th St. Laurence O’Toole (Eire)
Drumming: 1st Simon Fraser University (Canada), 2nd Strathclyde Police (Scotland). MSR: Strathclyde Police; Medley: Field Marshal Montgomery
Bass section: Field Marshal Montgomery

Judges: Medley: Piping: Harry McNulty (Scotland), Bob Worrall (Canada); drumming: Alistair Aitken (Scotland); ensemble: Bob Shepherd (Scotland). MSR: Piping: Iain MacLellan (Scotland), Harry Stevenson (Ulster); ensemble: Wilson Young (Scotland); drumming: John Kennedy (Scotland)

Simon Fraser University won the MSR event, while Field Marshal Montgomery took the Medley.

The Grade 2 contest was by some accounts the most exciting and close of the day. Non-Scottish bands, as in most recent years, again did well. In fact, only three Scottish bands made the prize lists across grade 2, 3A and 3B, amounting to only 17 per cent of the 18 available prizes.

Grade 2
1st Ballinderry Bridge (Ulster)
2nd Robert-Malcolm Memorial (Canada)
3rd Bagad Cap Caval (France)
4th Windsor Police (Canada)
5th Drambuie-Kirkliston (Scotland)
6th Glengarry (Canada)
Drumming: Ballinderry Bridge
Judges: Piping: Nat Russell (Ulster), J. Campbell (Scotland); drumming: Gordon Parkes (Ulster); ensemble: Davey Clark (Scotland)

The two Grade 2 piping judges were fairly close in their rankings, except in the case of the Glengarry Pipe Band, which had second and twelfth placings.

Grade 3A
1st Finvoy (Ulster)
2nd Black Raven (Eire)
3rd Kevin Blandford Memorial (USA)
4th Bready (Ulster)
5th North Belfast (Ulster)
6th Strathclyde Fire Brigade (Scotland)
Drumming: Black Raven

Grade 3B
1st Seven Towers (Ulster)
2nd Marlycoo (Ulster)
3rd Fintan Lalor (Eire)
4th Altnaveigh (Ulster)
5th Prince George (Canada)
6th Williamwood (Scotland)
Drumming: Seven Towers

Juvenile
1st St. Thomas Episcopal School (USA)
2nd George Watson’s College (Scotland)
3rd Kintyre Schools (Scotland)
4th Dunoon Grammar Schools (Scotland)
5th Stewart’s Melville College (Scotland)
6th Bucksburn (Scotland)
Drumming: St. Thomas Episcopal School

Grade 4A
1st Annsborough
2nd Gortaclare (Ulster)
3rd Castle Rock (Ulster)
4th Corpus Christi
5th Cumnock (Scotland)
6th Sgt. Walker Memorial (Ulster)
Drumming: Gortaclare

Grade 4B
1st McNeilstown (Ulster)
2nd Thiepval
3rd Kirkwall City (Scotland)
4th Misty Isle (USA)
5th Kirkudbright (Scotland)
6th Keith Highlanders (USA)
Drumming: Kirkudbright

Novice Juvenile
1st Inverclyde Juveniles (Scotland)
2nd George Watson’s College (Scotland)
3rd Monkstown Mossley (Ulster)
4th Milngavie (Scotland)
5th Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
6th Paisley (Scotland)
Drumming: George Watson’s

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