May 31, 2008

Updated: 2008 Scottish Champions: St. Laurence O’Toole

Dumbarton, Scotland – May 24, 2008 – The St. Laurence O’Toole won the Scottish Pipe Band Championship here today against a field of 11 other Grade 1 bands. It was the first major for SLOT and the first championship ever won by a Grade 1 Irish band. Weather was mostly sunny with a high of 13 degrees. Grade 1 results were not announced until after 7:30 pm.

Grade 1 (Medley)
1st St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
2nd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
3rd Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland) (ensemble preference)
4th Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
5th Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
6th ScottishPower (Scotland)
Drumming: House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
Judges: John Moles, John Wilson (piping); Alan Ronaldson (ensemble); Billy Dunlop (drumming).

 St. Laurence O'Toole marches off the park with their history-making trophy at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships, Dumbarton, Scotland, May 24, 2008.

Grade 2
1st Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
2nd Killeen
3rd Ravara (Northern Ireland)
4th Dumfries & Galloway Constabulary (Scotland)
5th Buchan (Scotland)
6th Lomond & Clyde (Scotland)
Drumming: Ravara

Grade 3A
1st Beeston
2nd Clydebank
3rd Williamwood
4th Mackenzie Caledonia
5th City of Edinburgh
6th Lanark & District
Drumming: City of Edinburgh

Grade 3B
1st Cullenfad
2nd Raffray
3rd Augharonan
4th Central Scotland
5th Turriff
6th Troon
Drumming: Central Scotland

1st George Watson’s College
2nd Inverary
3rd Boghall & Bathgate
4th Kintyre & District
5th North Lanarkshire Schools
6th Dunoon Grammar Schools
Drumming: George Watson’s

Grade 4A
1st Black Bottle
2nd Royal Burgh of Stirling
3rd Badenoch & Strathspey
4th Welsh Piping Society
5th University of Bedfordshire
6th Letterkenney & District
Drumming: Newtongrange

Grade 4B
1st Stamperland
2nd Prestonpans
3rd Burntisland
4th Stockbridge
5th Glen Mor
6th Dunoon Argyll
Drumming: Prestonpans

Novice Juvenile
1st Bucksburn
2nd Seafield
3rd George Watson’s College
4th 1st Troon BB
5th Lochgelly
6th Dumbarton
Drumming: Bucksburn

pipes|drums posted the Grade 1 results as they were announced on the field at the march-past.


  1. Congrats to SLOT – nice to see another name on a trophy! Great sound and musicality in that Medley. Also got to agree with Tom Kerr and say well done to the Clan Gregor Drum Corps who, to me anyway, are HIGHLY underated. Finally a huge well done to Beeston & District from England on winning Grade 3A – great achievement. Regards Daz

  2. A big congrats to Terry Tully, Stepehn Creighton, and all the other members of SLOT on their big win. Also congrats to Jimsy and the Shotts corps on their win.

  3. Congratulations Lads, Great to see this long overdue and much deserved win, Can’t wait to see you add some more to that trophy cabinet. Look forward to hearing it on YouTube

  4. Thought SLOT medley lacked in the technical playing aspects when compared to FMM and Scottish Power….Also it seems now that you don’t need a good intro or a good stop…Early E’s and trailing drones/chanters don’t do it for me. Would suspect FMM, Scottish Power and Boghall are a bit disappointed as they are playing some good technically demanding tunes. Well done to Ballycoan , I think they are consolidating there Grade One status well.

  5. Tom, what I am saying is that the judges should judge the performance on the day as presented to them…….and not get all soppy eyed because they have a favourite band……These prizes SHOULD be awarded on merit and merit alone…If the PERFORMANCE on the DAY is good enough then that band should win regardless if whether they have been good or bad in the past.

  6. I would like to add my congratulations to Mr. Tully and Mr. Creighton and all of the members of SLOT. Well done fellows. Also, a big congrats to Jim and all the guys and gals in Shotts. Hats off, you guys are the best!



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