(HD video) Buchan takes Grade 2 as 2013 World’s Day 1 sees winners and finalists decided in very mixed weather
Glasgow – August 17, 2013 – The first day of the two-day 2013 World Pipe Band Championships saw several grades decided as well as the qualifying bands for the Grade 1 Final on Sunday. Buchan Peterson from Aberdeen, Scotland, won the Grade 2 competition in an MSR Final determined earlier in the day by a Medley qualifying round in two heats. There were massive separations in the rankings between judges in the Grade 2 final; for example, St. Thomas Alumni receiving a first and a tenth in piping.
In Grade 1, the following bands qualified after each playing in heats comprising own-choice MSR and Medley to compete in the Sunday Final: Boghall & Bathgate, Field Marshal Montgomery, ScottishPower, Simon Fraser University, St. Laurence O’Toole, Greater Glasgow Police Scotland, Shotts & Dykehead, Canterbury Caledonia Society, Inveraray & District, Cullybackey, Mannawatu Scottish, and Dowco-Triumph Street. Qualifying bands must compete on Sunday with the MSR and Medley that they didn’t play on Saturday.
Weather was horrendous in the morning for some bands and glorious for others. Those playing between 9 and 11:30 am were hit the hardest.
Grade 2 (MSR, 12 competed in Final, 22 total)
1st Buchan Peterson (5,2,2,2)
2nd Lomond & Clyde (3,9,1,1)
3rd New York Metro (4,5,3,8)
4th Glasgow Skye Association (2,7,8,4)
5th St. Thomas Alumni (1,10,4,7)
6th Bleary & District (6,4,7,9)
Drumming: Lomond & Clyde
Judges: Harry Stevenson, William Garrett (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)
Also making the Grade 2 Final were Bleary, Cullen, Manorcunningham, McKenzie Caledonian, Police Service Northern Ireland, Scottish Fire & Rescue, and University of Bedforshire