June 30, 2002

Field Marshal Takes European

Belfast, Northern, Ireland – June 22, 2002 – The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band won the European Pipe Band Championship on its home turf today, with Scottish Champions Shotts & Dykehead coming in second. Field Marshal was first in drumming also.

The Strathclyde Police finished a strong third, continuing their string of solid results since James Wark took over as Pipe-Major.

The St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band of Dublin made the prize list, finishing sixth, the first time in several years that the band has placed in a major.

It was also noted that St. Laurence O’Toole, being from Eire, is considered an “overseas” band. Their prize at a major automatically qualifies them for the final at the World Pipe Band Championship, thus reducing the number of spots available to other “overseas” bands.

Grade 1 (MSR)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
3rd Strathclyde Police
4th ScottishPower
5th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
6th St. Laurence O’Toole
Drumming: Field Marshal
Judges: George Shepherd, Harry Stevenson (piping); Wilson Young (drumming); C. Mourdant (ensemble)

Grade 2
1st Ballycoan
2nd Ballinderry Bridge
3rd Boghall & Bathgate
4th Clan Gregor
5th Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary
6th Upper Crossgare
Drumming: Ballycoan

Grade 3A
1st Macnaughton’s Vale of Atholl
2nd Syerla
3rd Royal Burgh of Stirling
4th Lomond & Clyde
5th Coalburn
6th Woodgrange
Drumming: Vale of Atholl

Grade 3B
1st Inverkeithing
2nd Finvoy
3th Hollymount
4th Cottown
5th Dunoon Argyll
6th Northern Caledonia
Drumming West Midlands Police

1st George Watson’s College
2nd Dumbarton & District
3th Lochgelly High School
4th Paisley
5th Dunoon Grammar School
Drumming: George Watson’s

Grade 4A
1st Altnaveigh Memorial
2nd Annesborough
3rd Ballybriest
4th Quinn Memorial
5th Gortaclare
6th Aughintober
Drumming: Aughintober

Grade 4B
1st Gransha
2nd Royal Burgh of Stirling
3rd APD Memorial
4th Corpus Christi
5th Cleland Memorial
6th Girvan & District
Drumming: Gransha

Novice Juvenile
1st Lochgelly High School
2nd 1st Troon BB
3rd Kintyre schools
4th Craigmount
5th George Watson’s College
6th Polkemmet Juveniles
Drumming: 1st Troon BB


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