August 31, 2003

Strathclyde, Mathieson Carry the Day at Perth

Perth, Scotland – August 10, 2003 – The Strathclyde Police Pipe Band made a statement here today by winning the last event before the World Pipe Band Championships. Niall Mathieson of Inverness had an excellent day in the professional solos.

The 78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto entered, but did not compete.


Grade 1 (10 competed)
1st Strathclyde Police
2nd David Urqhart Travel
3rd Western Australia Police
4th Vale of Atholl

Grade 2
1st Dumbarton & District
2 Prince Charles (USA) (playing up from Grade 3)
3rd 1st Battalion Scots Guards
4th City of Dunedin (USA)

Grade 3
1st Fort Collins (USA)
2nd Prince Charles (USA)
3rd Strathclyde Fire Brigade
4th Sir James Macdonald (USA)

Grade 4
1st Williamwood
2nd Linlithgow & District
3rd Buchan
4th City of Sacramento (USA)

Solo Piping

Open Piobaireachd (8 competed)
1st John Angus Smith, London
2nd Niall Mathieson, Inverness
3rd Innes Smith
4th Douglas Murray, Fife
5th Fiona Manson, New Zealand
Judges: Donald Macpherson, Joe Henderson

CPA Piobaireachd (26 competed)
1st Darrach Urquhart
2nd Fiona MacKay
3rd Anne Spalding, Broughty Ferry
4th Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness
5th Gordon McCready, Glasgow
Judges: Gavin Stoddart, James Banks

1st Niall Mathieson
2nd P-M Michael Gray, The Highlanders
3rd John Angus Smith
4th Gordon MacLean, Stirling
5th Gordon McCready

Strathspey & Reel
1st Niall Mathieson
2nd Douglas Murray
3rd Simon Marshall
4th Gordon McCready
5th Gordon McLean

1st Douglas Murray
2nd Gordon McCready
3rd Niall Mathieson
4th Brian MacKenzie
5th John Angus Smith

35 competed in the light music, which was judged by Walter Cowan and Walter Drysdale.


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