August 31, 2004

Panel’s World’s prize picks on-the-money

Our panel of piping and drumming pundits were remarkably accurate when it came to predicting the top six Grade 1 bands at World Pipe Band Championships.

The final result was:

1. Field Marshal Montgomery
2. Simon Fraser University
3. House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
4. Strathclyde Police
5. ScottishPower
6. St. Laurence O’Toole

The panel’s prediction was:

1. Field Marshal Montgomery
2. Simon Fraser University
3. St. Laurence O’Toole
4. House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
5. ScottishPower
6. Strathclyde Police

On the other hand, the panel picked only half of the bands that ultimately went through from the qualifying contest.

  • Bleary & District (Ulster)
  • City of Washington (USA)
  • Clan Gregor (Scotland)
  • Dysart & Dundonald (Scotland)
  • Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
  • Western Australia Police (Australia)

    went through and our panel picked only Clan Gregor, Western Australia Police, and Dysart & Dundonald to make the cut. The panel even picked North American Champions Toronto Police to go through to the final, and then be neck-and-neck with the Strathclyde Police for sixth prize.

    Fortunately for all bands and spectators the weather prediction was spot-on-the-money, with warm and sunny conditions, perfect for a band contest.


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