July 31, 2004

Parkes practices with Field Marshal at All-Ireland

Richard Parkes made further progress toward full recovery from his March 2004 stroke by playing with his Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band during the tune-ups for the All-Ireland Championships on July 3rd. He did not ultimately compete with the band in either event.

Field Marshal, under interim Pipe-Major Alistair Dunn, won the event for its 15th All-Ireland title in the last 16 years.

“I played with the band for the tune up but I didn’t end up playing in competition,” Parkes says. “It was another step along the road to recovery and I will play soon.”

The next competition for Parkes’s band is the European Championships at Lisburn, Northern Ireland, on July 31st. So far this year Field Marshal Montgomery and the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band have split the two major championships, with Field Marshal taking the Scottish and Shotts winning the British, with the other band finishing second, respectively.


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