Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia: 2015 World Pipe Band Champions

Published: August 15, 2015
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Glasgow – August 15, 2015 – Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia were named 2015 World Pipe Band Champions after a grueling two days of competitions at Glasgow Green. Shotts and Dykehead won the overall title as an aggregate over Medley and March, Strathspey & Reel events against 11 other bands. The victory was the first for a Scottish band since Shotts won 10 years ago. A surprising fourth-place to Field Marshal Montgomery ended the band’s four-year run of World’s victories and was the band’s lowest finish at a major championship in many years. The event was the final competition for Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe-Major Ross Walker, who earlier had informed his band that he would retire.

Celebrations begin for 2015 World Champions Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia.

Pipe-Major Ryan Canning with the World’s banner firmly attached.

Grade 1
1st Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (ens.pref.) (Ireland)
3rd Inveraray & District (Scotland)
4th Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
5th Simon Fraser University (Canada)
6th ScottishPower (Scotland)
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole

Shotts marches off with the trophy.

1st Shotts & Dykehead (3,1,2,2)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,4,1,3)
3rd Inveraray & District (4,3,3,1)
4th Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,7,4)
5th ScottishPower (5,5,5,7)
6th Simon Fraser University (ens.pref.) (9,7,4,5)
Judges: Peter Snaddon, James Campbell (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); Gordon Lawrie (ensemble)

Shotts just after playing the MSR event.

1st Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (ens.pref.) (3,3,2,2)
2nd Inveraray & District (2,1,3,4)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (5,4,1,1)
4th Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,8,3)
5th Simon Fraser University (4,5,6,8)
6th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (7,6,9,5)
Judges: Ken Eller, Dixie Ingram (piping); David Brown (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)

Grade 2
1st Johnstone (Scotland) (1,1,2,2)
2nd Bleary & District (Northern Ireland) (6,2,1,1)
3rd Buchan Peterson (Scotland) (5,3,3,3)
4th Mackenzie Caledonian (Scotland) (4,4,6,5)
5th Police Service of Northern Ireland (7,5,5,4)
6th Lomond & Clyde (Scotland) (3,8,4,6)
Judges: Robert Mathieson, John McCarlie (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)

Pipers from Johnstone in the Grade 2 Final MSR.

Grade 3A
1st Annsborough
2nd City of Discovery (Scotland)
3rd Closkelt (Northern Ireland)
4th Dartmouth & District (Canada)
5th Auchintober (Northern Ireland)
6th Scotia Glenville (USA)

Grade 3B
1st Colmcille (Ireland)
2nd Lewis (Scotland)
3rd Upper Crossgare (Northern Ireland)
4th Portlethen & District
5th Achill (Ireland)
6th Prestonpans Royal British Legion (Scotland)

1st Dollar Academy (Scotland)
2nd George Watson’s College (Scotland)
3rd George Heriot’s School (Scotland)
4th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
5th St. Andrews College (New Zealand)
6th Kintyre Schools (Scotland)

Grade 4A
1st Major Sinclair Memorial
2nd St. Patricks Bandon (Ireland)
3rd Marlacoo & District (Northern Ireland)
4th Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
5th Battlehill
6th Catamount (USA)

Grade 4B
1st Portavogie (Scotland)
2nd Royal Burgh of Stirling (Scotland)
3rd McDonald Memorial (Scotland)
4th Lanarkshire & District (Scotland)
5th Carnoustie (Scotland)
6th Beatrix (Netherlands)

Novice Juvenile
1st George Watson’s College (Scotland)
2nd Oban High School (Scotland)
3rd Dollar Academy (Scotland)
4th George Heriot’s School (Scotland)
5th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
6th Northwest Junior (USA)




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