May 12, 2018

Field Marshal Montgomery starts season with a bang at Bangor

Bangor, Northern Ireland – May 12, 2018 – The 2018 Northern Ireland outdoor pipe band competition season began under fine sunny weather at Castle Park, where Field Marshal Montgomery won the Grade 1 contest with straight firsts against three other bands, including Scotland’s Vale of Atholl and Ireland’s St. Laurence O’Toole. The event is the Ards & North Down Championships.

Grade 1 (Medley, five competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland) (1,1,1,1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland) (2,2,2,2)
3rd Vale of Atholl (Scotland) (4,3,3,3)
4th Police Service of Northern Ireland (3,4,4,4)
Bass section: Field Marshal Montgomery
Judges: John Wilson, Harry Stevenson (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

Grade 2 (MSR, five competed)
1st Closkelt (Ens.Pref.) (2,1,3,1)
2nd Ravara (1,3,1,2)
3rd Manorcunningham (3,2,2,3)
4th Marlacoo & District (Gr3A) (4,4,4,4)
5th Colmcille (5,5,5,5)
Bass section: Manorcunningham
Judges: George Wilson, Mark Faloon (piping); Sandy Steele (drumming); Paul Turner (ensemble)





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