Qualifiers decided for Grade 1 World’s Final

Published: August 15, 2014
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WorldChampionshipsGlasgow – August 15, 2014 – After a 22-band qualifying event across two contests for two heats, 12 Grade 1 bands were selected by the two judging circles to go through to the Final of the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green. Actual results of the heats were not announced, and only the 12 qualifying bands were publicized in no specific order so as not to have potential impact on judging.

78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
Canterbury Caledonian (New Zealand)
Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
Dowco-Triumph Street (Canada)
Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
Greater Glasgow Police (Scotland)
Inveraray & District (Scotland)
Peoples Ford – Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
ScottishPower (Scotland)
Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
Simon Fraser University (Canada)
St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)

Adjudicators: MSR Heat 1 and Medley Heat 2: Gordon Lawrie, Harry Stevenson (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble). MSR Heat 2 and Medley Heat 1: Bob Worrall, Bill Garrett (piping); Iain MacInnes (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble).

Also competing, but not making it to the Grade 1 Final:

Bagad Cap Caval (France)
Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles (Scotland)
Los Angeles Scots (USA)
New Zealand Police
Peel Regional Police (Canada)
Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
Ravara (Northern Ireland)
Stuart Highlanders (USA)
Toronto Police (Canada)
Vale of Atholl (Scotland)

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