August 31, 1999

ScottishPower pulls off upset at Cowal Championships

Dunoon, Scotland – August 28, 1999 – Pipe Major Roddy MacLeod’s ScottishPower Pipe Band pulled off the year’s biggest upset by winning the RSPBA’s Cowal Championship here today. Also a surprise, Strathclyde Police finished second, actually tying ScottishPower for first. The Power won on ensemble preference.

In third was Shotts & Dykehead, the band that finished second at the World Championships two weeks ago, but was favoured by most to take Cowal and the World’s.

Rounding out the Grade 1 list were Field Marshal Montgomery in fourth, McNaughton’s Vale of Atholl fifth, and Boghall & Bathgate sixth, on ensemble preference over David Urquhart Travel.

Grade 2 was won by Northern Ireland’s Ballycoan, with Bucksburn & District second.

ScottishPower managed to win despite an eighth placing in drumming. The band’s other three placings were firsts, including of course the decisive first in ensemble from judge Wilson Young.

With Young being a drummer, it perhaps begs the question of how a band can be first in ensemble and still be eighth in drumming – or vice versa.


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