Published: May 31, 2009

FMM wins Scottish

Dumbarton, Scotland – May 16, 2009 – Field Marshal Montgomery started the 2009 UK championship season with a win of the Scottish. The rest of the Grade 1 results comprised the usual prize-winners, including the Strathclyde Police, who managed to attend the event despite financial challenges from the band’s sponsors. Inveraray & District made a solid debut in Grade 2, newly promoted from Juvenile, winning the contest overall with two firsts in piping and a first in drumming, but a nearly ruinous eighth in ensemble from Bob Shepherd.
 
Grade 1 (MSR)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole
3rd House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead
4th Strathclyde Police
5th Boghall & Bathgate
6th ScottishPower
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole
Judges: Andrew Wright, James Wark (piping); W. Goodall (drumming); Alistair Aitken (ensemble)
 
Grade 2 (medley)
1st Inveraray & District
2nd University of Bedfordshire
3rd Dumfries & Galloway
4th Ravara
5th 7 Towers
6th Lomond & Clyde
Drumming: Inveraray
Judges: Iain MacLellan, Ian Wood (piping); Jim Hutton (drumming); Bob Shepherd (ensemble)

30 COMMENTS

  1. Over 60 ,,,are you kidding me. Now I know there has to be some sort of limit out there, I don’t know if it’s 70 or 75 or 80 but some people are barely finished their GREAT careers in grade one at 60. Are you saying that (sorry Bill, your just the best example I can name here) Bill Livingstone shouldn’t be able to judge a band contest cause he’s 60 + some ? Christ, he’s still running a band. Top leaders like Terry Lee are in their 50’s now (sorry Terry ) so if he wants to get off that selfish track of running a band and having a ton of people admire him for that, he better quit soon so he can do the right thing and give back like your suppose to before he ages out and just sits on the sideline with Bill talking about their 25,30 or more years of running the Same band. Hope they’re not too fragile to pass the test they might have to take ? Bruce Gandy

  2. I’m sure Bob’s call was 100% perfectly legit. After all, doesn’t the RSPBA review judges sheets every year? Bwahhhh-ha-ha!!! Nice try!

  3. What up and coming judges would those be?? I think thats the problem that no one WANTS to judge in Scotland except the same old same old boys and the guys o n a massive ego trip. All the knowledegable honest ones don’t go near it and who can blame them??!!

  4. I certainly hope that judges aged 50, 60 and well beyond, can continue to bring their expertise, maturity, and sound judgement to the competitions for everyone to benefit from and learn. Not of course, if they should never have been judges in the first place. But where a judge has a first class track record, knows their stuff inside out, has lived and breathed the instrument and its music for the best part of their life, what a waste not to benefit from their immense experience and maturity. It’s not an age issue, it’s a quality issue is it not? And anyway, young up and coming judges will want to benefit from the greater experience of the older, more mature, experienced judges, but again, only where there is something to learn from. Its QUALITY not age, thats the issue imho.

  5. The real issue and story here is, when was the last time 2 guys took a kids band from Juvenile into Grade 2 and won a Championship. NEVER would be my educated guess. Well done! HOSS

  6. Inverary=The most exciting thing to happen to pipe bands in a while. Just watched the medley on youtube. Awesome. And from the couple of clips that are available Shotts sound pretty good on their new Pearls. Graham Brown

  7. The last time a Juvie band rose up so quickly was Dysart in the 1970’s and look who is judgeing them. I don’t know what chanters they play but I think I know what they DON’T play?!!!

  8. I’m not surprised Inverary did so well. They have such great tuition and such dedicated young people in the band. Last summer three young boys came to a week long piobaireachd course, and they were so keen to learn, great attitude, and they told us about how hard they work in their band. They were obviously only too willing to give up their free time to be piping, even on Sundays. They had such exemplary attitude and interest-if the whole band is like that-no wonder they are getting the results. Long may it continue!

  9. Glad to see Strathclyde high in the prize list. I think they are on a mission to royally show the police dept. just how big a mistake it was to apply all of those restrictions. C’ mon StrathPol!

  10. Yea AGL, it must be murder for the poor guys having to operate under all those restrictions that all the rest of us take for granted and put up with year in, year out!!!! Some perspective please!

  11. Yea AGL, it must be murder for the poor guys having to operate under all those restrictions that all the rest of us take for granted and put up with year in, year out!!!! Some perspective please!

  12. Over 60 ,,,are you kidding me. Now I know there has to be some sort of limit out there, I don’t know if it’s 70 or 75 or 80 but some people are barely finished their GREAT careers in grade one at 60. Are you saying that (sorry Bill, your just the best example I can name here) Bill Livingstone shouldn’t be able to judge a band contest cause he’s 60 + some ? Christ, he’s still running a band. Top leaders like Terry Lee are in their 50’s now (sorry Terry ) so if he wants to get off that selfish track of running a band and having a ton of people admire him for that, he better quit soon so he can do the right thing and give back like your suppose to before he ages out and just sits on the sideline with Bill talking about their 25,30 or more years of running the Same band. Hope they’re not too fragile to pass the test they might have to take ? Bruce Gandy

  13. I’m sure Bob’s call was 100% perfectly legit. After all, doesn’t the RSPBA review judges sheets every year? Bwahhhh-ha-ha!!! Nice try!

  14. What up and coming judges would those be?? I think thats the problem that no one WANTS to judge in Scotland except the same old same old boys and the guys o n a massive ego trip. All the knowledegable honest ones don’t go near it and who can blame them??!!

  15. I certainly hope that judges aged 50, 60 and well beyond, can continue to bring their expertise, maturity, and sound judgement to the competitions for everyone to benefit from and learn. Not of course, if they should never have been judges in the first place. But where a judge has a first class track record, knows their stuff inside out, has lived and breathed the instrument and its music for the best part of their life, what a waste not to benefit from their immense experience and maturity. It’s not an age issue, it’s a quality issue is it not? And anyway, young up and coming judges will want to benefit from the greater experience of the older, more mature, experienced judges, but again, only where there is something to learn from. Its QUALITY not age, thats the issue imho.

  16. The real issue and story here is, when was the last time 2 guys took a kids band from Juvenile into Grade 2 and won a Championship. NEVER would be my educated guess. Well done! HOSS

  17. Inverary=The most exciting thing to happen to pipe bands in a while. Just watched the medley on youtube. Awesome. And from the couple of clips that are available Shotts sound pretty good on their new Pearls. Graham Brown

  18. The last time a Juvie band rose up so quickly was Dysart in the 1970’s and look who is judgeing them. I don’t know what chanters they play but I think I know what they DON’T play?!!!

  19. I’m not surprised Inverary did so well. They have such great tuition and such dedicated young people in the band. Last summer three young boys came to a week long piobaireachd course, and they were so keen to learn, great attitude, and they told us about how hard they work in their band. They were obviously only too willing to give up their free time to be piping, even on Sundays. They had such exemplary attitude and interest-if the whole band is like that-no wonder they are getting the results. Long may it continue!

  20. Glad to see Strathclyde high in the prize list. I think they are on a mission to royally show the police dept. just how big a mistake it was to apply all of those restrictions. C’ mon StrathPol!

  21. Yea AGL, it must be murder for the poor guys having to operate under all those restrictions that all the rest of us take for granted and put up with year in, year out!!!! Some perspective please!

  22. Yea AGL, it must be murder for the poor guys having to operate under all those restrictions that all the rest of us take for granted and put up with year in, year out!!!! Some perspective please!

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