June 27, 2015

European Champions: Field Marshal Montgomery

Forres, Scotland – June 26, 2015 – The RSPBA majors season continued fast and furiously with the third of the year, the European Championships, where Field Marshal Montgomery won Grade 1 in remote northern Scotland in an extraordinary three-way tie for first. Weather was warm and sunny with a high around 20 degrees at a venue that was very popular with competitors. Shotts & Dykehead finished second for the second straight championship, tied eith Field Marshal Montgomery, broken by the ensemble mark. ScottishPower gained its first prize at a major this year with a solid fourth. St. Laurence O’Toole enjoyed a win in the drumming and was third overall. Greater Glasgow Police Scotland would have had another prize if not for being put second-last by piping judge Robert Pollock. In Grade 2, Johnstone Pipe Band took its first major championship victory in the grade.

For Field Marshal Montgomery it was the band’s fourteenth victory in the last 17 major championships, and its fourth consecutive win.

Grade 1 (MSR, 11 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (ens.pref) (3,1,4,1)
2nd Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (ens.pref) (1,4,2,2)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,3,1,3)
4th ScottishPower (6,2,7,4)
5th Inveraray & District (4,7,5,5)
6th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (5,5,6,8)
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole
Judges: Cameron Edgar, Bob Pollock (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

Grade 2 (medley, 17 competed)
1st Johnstone (1,1,2,4)
2nd Buchan Peterson (5,5,1,1)
3rd Bleary & District (ens.pref) (3,4,8,3)
4th Lomond & Clyde (4,3,6,5)
5th Police Service of Northern Ireland (ens.pref) (6,7,7,2)
6th MacKenzie Caledonian (2,2,11,7)
Drumming: Buchan Peterson
Judges: John Wilson, Jim Campbell (piping); Alex Dudgeon (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)






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