August 31, 2004

RSPBA announces incorrect Grade 1 World’s drumming result

The Strathclyde Police Pipe Band’s drum corps, and not Field Marshal Montgomery’s, finished second at the 2004 World Pipe Band Championships it has been revealed. The result was incorrectly announced at the prize-giving ceremony at the competition.

Strathclyde Police and Field Marshal were tied in aggregate points, but the tie should have been broken from the start by the corps’s March, Strathpsey & Reel ranking, in which the Strathclyde Police drummers finished first.

Simon Fraser University’s drum section won the overall drumming title, achieving two second-placings.

The second-prize World’s drumming trophy will reportedly be announced and re-awarded at the Cowal Championships.

The RSPBA’s Grade 1 clerical error is the second in two years. At the 2003 World Championships, it was discovered that the fifth and sixth prizes were reversed. Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia of Scotland was later awarded fifth prize, and the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Canada received sixth.


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