March 31, 2010

Shotts wins L&C Invitational, ?2,500 first-prize

Glasgow – March 20, 2010 – House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead took home the £2,500 first-prize at the Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band’s Invitational Indoor Pipe Band Competition, an event that marked L&C’s tenth anniversary. Playing last, Shotts outlasted the other three bands in the final round, Inveraray & District, Fife Constabulary and Vale of Atholl.

Inveraray won the audience vote, which was strictly part of the fun and had no bearing on the final result.

1st House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead ( £2,500)
2nd Inveraray & District ( £1,000)
3rd Fife Constabulary ( £500)
4th Vale of Atholl ( £100)

The event was the first band competition for Inveraray since being promoted to Grade 1 after its undefeated year in Grade 2 in 2009.

Lomond & Clyde Chairman, Fraser Sergeant, said, “I am absolutely delighted with how today has gone. I must thank all the bands, the members of Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band, the officials of the RSPBA and the audience who have who have supported our 10th anniversary event. It has been a wonderful spectacle for supporters of pipe band music.”

Bands competing but failing to make the cut were Culleybacky, Tayside Police and Torphichen & Bathgate.

Judges for the event were Alistair Aitken, Jim Campbell, Gordon Craig, Malcolm MacKenzie, Joe Noble, Bob Shepherd, James Wark and John Wilson. The contest was run under RSPBA rules, and was reportedly the largest single monetary first-prize and biggest total purse ever awarded in a UK pipe band competition

The competition was held at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow, and most bands appeared to compete with a combination of nine or 10 pipers, four snare drummers, two tenors and a bass.




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