Published: May 31, 2004

Field Marshal wins Scottish Championship

Dumbarton, Scotland – May 22, 2004 – Field Marshal Montgomery won the Scottish Pipe Band Championship here today against a field of 15 other Grade 1 bands. Weather was sunny and warm all day.

With Richard Parkes, who is recovering from a stroke suffered in March, helping with the band’s tuning, Field Marshal was a popular winner. One listener described them as having a “tremendous sound.”

Grade 1 (medley)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Ulster)
2nd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
3rd Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
4th St. Laurence O’Toole (Eire)
5th Strathclyde Police
6th ScottishPower
Drumming: Field Marshal Montgomery; Bass section: Boghall & Bathgate
Judges: Iain Mathieson, John Wilson (piping); A. Steele (drumming); Malcolm MacKenzie (ensemble)

In Grade 2, Drambuie-Kirkliston, under new Pipe-Major Ian Duncan, took the contest, racing to the top of the grade after a strong winter of building.

Grade 2 (17 bands competed)
1st Drambuie-Kirkliston
2nd Balinderry Bridge (Ulster)
3rd Buchan
4th Cullybackey (Ulster)
5th Lanarkshire
6th 52 Lowland Regiment
Drumming: Drambuie-Kirkliston

Grade 3A
1st City of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
2nd Strathclyde Fire Brigade
3rd Coalburn IOR
4th New Ross & District (Eire)
5th Quinn Memorial (Ulster)
6th Pontyfract (England)
Drumming: City of Amsterdam
Judges: J. Campbell, Bob Shepherd (piping); G. Craig (drumming); Denver Cardwell (ensemble)

Grade 3B
1st Seven Towers
2nd Beauly Firth & The Glens
3rd Williamwood
4th Arbroath RBL
5th Altnaveath Memorial
6th Royal Troon Black Rock
Drumming: Seven Towers
Judges: J. Campbell, Bob Shepherd (piping); G. Craig (drumming); Denver Cardwell (ensemble)

Juvenile
1st George Watson’s
2nd Kintyre Schools
3rd Stewart’s Melville College
4th Dunoon Grammar School
5th Bucksburn
6th: Boghall & Bathgate
Drumming: George Watson’s

Grade 4A
1st Linlithgow
2nd Sgt. Walker Memorial
3rd Dunns RBL
4th Stow
5th Cumnock & District
6th City of Brechin
Drumming: Linlithgow
Judges: Ian Roddick, David Clarke (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)

Grade 4B
1st Letterkenny
2nd Kirkudbright
3rd Concord (The Netherlands)
4th Ellon & District
5th Nottinghamshire Police
6th Lanark & District
Drumming: Nottinghamshire Police
Judges: Ian Roddick, David Clarke (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)

Novice Juvenile
1st Inverclyde
2nd George Watson’s College
3rd Milngavie
4th Kintyre Schools
5th Dumbarton
6th Vale of Atholl
Drumming: 1st Troon Boys Bridage
Judges: Iain Mathieson, John Wilson (piping); A. Steele (drumming); Malcolm MacKenzie (ensemble)

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