August 14, 2023

Stephen Creighton wins 2023 British Drumming Championship

Stephen Creighton (right) accepts the 2023 British Solo Drumming Championship trophy from pipe band drumming legend, Joe Noble. [Photo Alister Sinclair]
Glasgow – August 14, 2023 – The first full day of the 2023 Piping Live! Glasgow Festival of Piping included for the first time the British Solo Drumming Championships at the National Piping Centre, with Dublin’s Stephen Creighton, leading-drummer of Grade 1 St. Laurence O’Toole, winning the event, one of several qualifying competitions for the World Solo Drumming in October.

Each drummer had to play an MSR, drawn from two submitted. Ties were broken by the player with the higher single placing from one of the two judges. Rankings between the judges were in solid agreement on the first two placings, but frequently divergent with the remaining 12 contestants, three with seven placings separating them.

British Solo Drumming Championship
1st Stephen Creighton (1,1)
2nd Grant Cassidy, Uddingston (2,2)
3rd Ryan King, Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl (5,4)
4th Anael Tanguy, ScottishPower (3,8)
5th Richard Black, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (10,3)
6th Alex Buchanan, Field Marshal Montgomery (7,6)
7th David Clark, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (4,11)
8th Daniel Mulcahy, St. Laurence O’Toole (12,5)
9th Adam McCollum, Field Marshal Montgomery (6,12)
10th Fraser Bruce, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (11,7)
11th Gus Sicard, Inveraray & District (8,13)
12th Euan MacDonald, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (13,9)
13th Paul Strickland, Milngavie (9,14)
14th Bryce Parker, St. Thomas Alumni (14,10)
Judges: S. Coils, Lee Innes

Prize winners at the British Solo Drumming Championships (L-R): Alex Buchanan, Richard Black, Anael Tanguy, Stephen Creighton, Joe Noble (sponsor), Ryan King, Grant Cassidy. [Photo Alister Sinclair]
Creighton and the five others in the top six gain a spot in the semi-final of the World Championships.

They join these players who have already gained a bye in previous qualifiers:

  • Blair Beaton, 78th Fraser Highlanders
  • Blair Brown, Simon Fraser University
  • Craig Brown, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
  • Glen Creighton, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
  • Derek Cooper, Inveraray & District
  • MacKenzie Forrest, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
  • Greg Fullerton, Johnstone
  • Robert Graham, Simon Fraser University
  • David Henderson, Police Scotland Federation
  • Jake Jørgensen, ScottishPower
  • Taylor Killoran, Simon Fraser University
  • Alex Kuldell, MacMillan
  • Cameron Lawson, Inveraray & District
  • Eric MacNeill, City of Dunedin (USA)
  • Kerr McQuillan, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonian
  • Steven McWhirter, Inveraray & District
  • Gavin Orr, Johnstone
  • Stephen Paynter, Simon Fraser University
  • Steven Shedden, Hawthorn
  • Chloe Taylor, ScottishPower





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