FMM, Boghall come out swinging at British; Shotts makes the list

Published: May 25, 2013
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Bathgate, Scotland – May 25, 2013 – One of the best days of weather ever for a year’s first RSPBA major saw reigning World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery take the event, starting its season with a flourish. The renewed Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia, under new Pipe-Major Ryan Canning and with more than half of its members new to the band in 2013, made the prize list, while local favourites Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia scored big with a solid second prize. Field Marshal won the drumming, all but assuring the band of the prize.

The sunny, warm weather was a dramatic turnaround from the previous week when the Grade 1 and Grade 2 events were cancelled at the same park at the Bathgate Highland Games. Field Marshal Montgomery also played with a mostly new bass section.


Grade 1
(MSR, 15 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,1,3)
2nd Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (3,5,2,1)
3rd Inveraray & District (2,3,5,5)
4th St. Laurence O’Toole (4,6,3,4)
5th ScottishPower (5,2,7,6)
6th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (7,8,4,2)

Judges: Colin Moffett, George Wilson (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); Peter Snaddon (ensemble)


Grade 2
(medley, 13 competed)
1st Buchan Peterson
2nd Lomond & Clyde
3rd Glasgow Skye
4th Manor  Cunningham
5th University of Bedford
6th Bleary & District

Drumming: Lomond & Clyde
Judges: Gordon Lawrie, Ronnie McShannon (piping); Sandy Steele (drumming); Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble)

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