August 31, 2009

Geddes and Drummond rake it in at North Berwick; Boghall, Triumph Street winning Grade 1 bands

North Berwick, Scotland – August 8, 2009 – William Geddes of Dumfries, Scotland, and Cameron Drummond of Edinburgh won the big-money competitions at the North Berwick Games, one of the infrequent events in the UK where both band and solo competitions are offered.
Senior Solo Piping
1st William Geddes, “The Battle of Auldearn” (£300)
2nd Allan Johnstone, Edinburgh, “Lament for Mary MacLeod” (£200)
3rd Michael Gray, Edinburgh, “Lament for MacSwan of Roaig” (£150)
4th Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “The MacDougalls’ Gathering” (£100)
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Ronnie McShannon
March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Cameron Drummond, “The Lochaber Gathering,” “Tulloch Castle,” “The Cockerel in the Creel” (£300)
2nd Allan Russell, Kelty, Scotland (£200)
3rd Allan Johnstone (£150)
4th William Geddes (£100)
Judges: Hugh MacCallum, Tom Speirs
The event offers both a Medley and MSR cometition for Grade 1 bands and allows bands to challenge up a grade. Boghall & Bathgate competed only in the Medley. George Watson’s College, which competed last week in Grade 3 at the North American Championships and won with three firsts, at North Berwick competed in and won Grade 2 with three firsts and a second in ensemble over well established Grade 2 bands. The Scotia Glenville Pipe Band of New York won the Juvenile grade, beating George Watson’s College on ensemble preference.
Grade 1
MSR (six competed)
1st Dowco-Triumph Street (Canada) (1,2,1,1)
2nd Pipeband Club (Australia) (4,3,3,2)
3rd Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand) (2,1,5,4)
Judges: John MacCarlie, Jim Campbell (piping); D. Brown (drumming); Peter Snadden (ensemble)
Medley (six competed)
1st Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
2nd Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
3rd Lothian & Borders Police (Scotland)
Judges: Andrew Wright, piping; Alistair Aitken (drumming; Trevor Dear, ensemble.




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