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18th October 2014

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Welcome to The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, the heart and home of Pipe Bands world wide. The RSPBA is the recognised Centre of Excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band Music internationally.  Its services and facilities include:

  • education, training and certification in Piping, Drumming, Drum Majoring and Pipe Band Adjudication;
  • an annual Summer School
  • an Academy of Pipe Band Musicianship;
  • setting standards of Pipe Band competition performance;
  • organising the World, Scottish, British, UK and European Pipe Band Championships as well as the World Solo Drumming Championships;
  • publishing the official summaries of the results of the 5 Major Championships and the results of other Pipe Band competitions run under RSPBA rules

The RSPBA liaises closely with affiliated Pipe Band Associations world wide.

Headquarters News
with Ian Embelton, Chief Executive

STRUCTURED LEARNING BOOKS
NOW FREELY AVAILABLE

28 August 2014

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association is pleased to inform members that our world famous Structured Learning Books will be available free of charge on the RSPBA website. There are links below or you can find links in the Forms menu above.

These books have been the foundation of the RSPBA education programme for many, many years and are used by individuals and organisations all over the world as the basis for piping and drumming.

There are three Structured Learning Books which previously supported and encouraged learners to go forward to sit examinations leading to The Elementary Certificate, The Intermediate Certificate and The Advanced Certificate. Although these exams are no longer in existence, the curriculum within these books forms the basis of the current syllabus for the SQA Units in Piping and Drumming offered by the Piping and Drumming Qualifications Board.

Pipers and drummers at all levels are encouraged to take advantage of this renowned resource to further their educational and playing aspirations.

Links to books:

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
FIELD MARSHAL FOUR IN A ROW

16th August 2014

The 2014 championship season came to a close with the 68th World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow. After two days of competition and four performances, sixteen adjudicators crowned Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland Grade 1 World Champions for the fourth consecutive season.

Split over two days for the second consecutive season, 2014 saw the trial of a Friday and Saturday event. This year the Grade 1 bands had Friday to themselves with the heats split over two arenas playing MSR and Medley. Almost 7000 people came through the gates to see the Grade 1 qualifiers and enjoyed the sunshine, free seating in the stands and for the first time ever a fully licensed venue. A Global web stream of the main arena was also in place for the qualifier and attracted over 30,000 visits throughout the day.

Saturday brought over 30,000 people through the gates to see 198 other bands join the 12 Grade 1 finalists from Friday and 73 drum majors compete across the grade to be crowned World Champions. Continual rain throughout the day made conditions difficult at times with a few heavy showers.

As this was the final championship of the season the Champion of Champion titles were also announced stretching our finale to just after 8pm.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have produced the following galleries.

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Our Twitter feed added another 500 followers since the Scottish Championships. Keeping everyone up to date with so many qualification results and announcements. Answering questions was difficult at times but twitter continues to be a great way of getting the results of every drum major; best drum corps and band results as they are read out.

The Drum Major events were won by Jason Paguio from Simon Fraser University (Canada) in the Adult grade, Lauren Abraham from Raffrey (Northern Ireland) in the Juvenile grade and Zoe McDowell from Aughintober (Northern Ireland) in the Junior grade. Special congratulations to Zoe on a 2014 Grand Slam of RSPBA titles and of course the Champion of Champions title. Juvenile Champion of Champions went to Emma Barr from Police Service of Northern Ireland and Adult Champion of Champions went to Paula Braiden from Cullybackey.

DM Paula Braiden

Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE led his Lisburn based Field Marshal Montgomery to their fourth successive and tenth overall World title since 1992. Leading Drummer Jim Kilpatrick MBE led his Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia corps to their 28th World Drumming title.


Field Marshal Montgomery - World Champions

Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia - World Champions

Inveraray and District took the runners-up spot finishing 5 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery but taking victory in the MSR event. St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia and Scottish Power completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other World Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Brieg (France)
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - Johnstone
Grade 3A Drumming - Johnstone

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial (Eire)
Grade 3B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Annan

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 4A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade 4B Band - Burntisland and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade Novice Band - George Watson's College
Grade Novice Drumming - George Heriot's School

2014 Champion of Champions

Junior Drum Major - Zoe McDowell - Aughintober

Juvenile Drum Major - Emma Barr - PSNI

Adult Drum Major - Paula Braiden - Cullybackey

Grade Novice Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade Novice Band - West Lothian Schools

Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade 4B Band - Burntisland and District

Grade 4A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade Juvenile Drumming - Dollar Academy

Grade 3B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Annan

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial - Eire

Grade 3A Drumming - Royal Burgh of Stirling

Grade 3A Band - Johnstone

Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 2 Band - Bleary and District

Grade 1 Drumming - St Laurence O'Toole - Eire

Grade 1 Band - Field Marshal Montgomery

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
FIELD MARSHAL BACK ON TOP

26th July 2014

The 2014 championship season continued with the Scottish Championships at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton.

An estimated 20,000 spectators came along to witness 111 band performances and 45 drum major performances. Whilst the fine recent weather continued for most of the day we had torrential heavy rain around 3pm a decision was taken to host the trophy presentation inside the hospitality tent.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we will have a another huge gallery of pictures below.

Click here for the gallery of prize winners.

Click here for the gallery throughout the day.

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Our Twitter feed reached 4,000 followers and has now become an excellent and expected way of getting the results of every drum major; best drum corps and band results as they are read them out.

The Drum Major events were won by Paula Braiden from Cullybackey in the Adult grade, Emma Barr from Police Service of Northern Ireland in the Juvenile grade and Zoe McDowell from Aughintober in the Junior grade. The three champion drum majors today have now amassed 9 titles between them in 2014.

DM Paula Braiden

The Grade 1 title went to Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland. This was the sixth successive Scottish title for the band from Lisburn. The Grade 1 drumming title went to Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia from Scotland under Leading Drummer Gordon Brown.


Field Marshal Montgomery - Scottish Champions

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia - Scottish Champions

Scottish Power once again took the runners-up spot on ensemble preference finishing 4 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery. Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, Inveraray and District, St Laurence O'Toole (Eire) and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other Scottish Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Bleary and District
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - Johnstone
Grade 3A Drumming - Johnstone

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial - Eire
Grade 3B Drumming - Thiepval Memorial - Eire

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 4A Drumming - Raphoe - Eire

Grade 4B Band - Whitewater
Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade Novice Band - George Heriot's School
Grade Novice Drumming - George Heriot's School

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
INVERARAY SECURE FIRST GRADE 1 TITLE

29th June 2014

The 2014 championship season continued at Forres, Moray where spectators once again came in their thousands to witness the European Championships.

117 bands and 46 Drum Majors made the trip to Forres for the second year of a three-year deal to hold the European Championships. Bands travelled from Australia, Switzerland, USA throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Organisers continued to improve on the little things including free water for every band and a free hamper for every band and the feedback once again received on the day from pipers, drummers and spectators was nothing short of fantastic.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have a another huge gallery of pictures below.

Click here for the gallery of prize winners.

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Our Twitter feed which has now doubled since we were in Forres in 2013 now has almost 4,000 followers and was again very popular providing updates throughout the day on qualification results, every drum major; best drum corps and band results as they were read them out.

The Drum Major events were won by Liam Renton from Inveraray and District winning his first Championship in the Adult grade, Lauren Abraham from Raffrey winning the Juvenile grade and Zoe McDowell from Aughintober winning the European title winning the Junior grade. Zoe made it three consecutive championship titles having already won the British and United Kingdom titles.

DM Liam Renton

The Grade 1 title went to Inveraray and District. Pipe Major Stuart Liddell lifted their first band championship since their promotion to the premier grade in 2010. The Grade 1 drumming title went to St Laurence O'Toole from Eire under Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton.


Inveraray and District - European Champions

St Laurence O'Toole - European Champions

Scottish Power once again took the runners-up spot finishing 1 point behind Inveraray and District. St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Field Marshal Montgomery, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia and Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other European Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Buchan Peterson
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - Johnstone
Grade 3A Drumming - Johnstone

Grade 3B Band - 6th/8th Dundee Boys Brigade
Grade 3B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Annan

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - Dollar Academy

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 4A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade 4B Band - Burntisland and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade Novice Band - West Lothian Schools
Grade Novice Drumming - George Watons's College

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

UK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
FIELD MARSHAL - 7 IN A ROW

14th June 2014

The new United Kingdom Championships held in Belfast, Northern Ireland marked the 2nd major championship of the 2014 season.

111 bands and 41 Drum Majors made the trip to Belfast for the inaugural event held at the fabulous Stormont venue.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have a another huge gallery of pictures below.

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Our Twitter feed attracted 173 new followers and was again very popular during the results service. We have also been retweeting any images of prize winning bands, so if you have an image to share please mention @RSPBAHQ and we will retweet any we get.

The Drum Majors events again provided a clean sweep for the Northern Ireland branch members with DM Paula Braiden from Cullybackey winning the Adult grade, Emma Barr from Police Service of Northern Ireland winning the Juvenile grade and Zoe McDowell from Aughintober winning the Junior grade. Emma and Zoe make it two championships in a row after both winning the British title in May.

DM Paula Braiden

The Grade 1 title also went to Northern Ireland with Field Marshal Montgomery led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE claiming their 7th consecutive Championship title. The Grade 1 drumming title also went to Field Marshal Montomgery under Leading Drummer Keith Orr.


Field Marshal Montgomery - British Champions

St Laurence O'Toole - British Champions

Scottish Power took the runners-up spot finishing 4 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery. St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia, Inveraray and District and Shotts and Dykehead completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other UK Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Bleary and District
Grade 2 Drumming - Lomond and Clyde

Grade 3A Band - Royal Burgh of Stirling
Grade 3A Drumming - Johnstone

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial (Eire)
Grade 3B Drumming - Thiepval Memorial (Eire)

Grade Juvenile Band - George Heriot's School
Grade Juvenile Drumming - Dollar Academy

Grade 4A Band - Lochmaben Royal Burgh
Grade 4A Drumming - Vale of Clyde

Grade 4B Band - Burntisland and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade Novice Band - West Lothian Schools
Grade Novice Drumming - George Watson's College

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
FIELD MARSHAL - 6 IN A ROW

31st May 2014

The 2014 major championships got underway at Bathgate, West Lothian. For the second year running we had glorious sunshine at the event bringing in thousands of spectators to watch almost 4000 pipers, drummers and drum majors compete.

136 bands and 39 Drum Majors made the trip to Bathgate for the second year of a three-year deal to hold the British Championships.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have a huge gallery of pictures from the day which you can browse below.

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Our Twitter feed which has now grown to over 3,600 followers, was again very popular. We would like to apologise for the lack of tweets as we struggled with signal from our mobile provider. We did manage to provide updates throughout the day on qualification results, every drum major; best drum corps and band results as Ian read them out. We have also been retweeting any images of prize winning bands, so if you have an image to share please mention @RSPBAHQ and we will retweet any we get. We will be purchasing an alternative mobile internet solution provider to provide a back up in the event of signal problems in the future.

The Drum Majors events provided a clean sweep for the Northern Ireland branch members with DM Lauren Hanna from Drumlough winning the Adult grade, Emma Barr from Police Service of Northern Ireland winning the Juvenile grade and Zoe McDowell from Aughintober winning the Junior grade.

DM Lauren Hanna

The Grade 1 title also went to Northern Ireland with Field Marshal Montgomery led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE claiming their 6th consecutive British Championship title. The Grade 1 drumming title also went over the water although this time to Dublin and St Laurence O'Toole under Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton.


Field Marshal Montgomery - British Champions

St Laurence O'Toole - British Champions

Local band Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia again took the runners-up spot finishing 2 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery. St Laurence O'Toole (Eire), Scottish Power, Inveraray and District and Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other British Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Torphichen and Bathgate
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - R.A.F. Waddington/Halton Pipes & Drums
Grade 3A Drumming - Royal Burgh of Stirling

Grade 3B Band - Thiepval Memorial (Eire)
Grade 3B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Annan

Grade Juvenile Band - George Watson's College
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 4A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade 4B Band - Burntisland and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Burntisland and District

Grade Novice Band - Preston Lodge High School
Grade Novice Drumming - Preston Lodge High School

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD SOLO DRUMMING 2013
STEVEN McWHIRTER RETAINS TITLE

19th October 2013

The final RSPBA events of 2013 took place on Saturday 19th October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

2013 WSD Winners

The annual Andante sponsored World Solo Drumming event as well as the International Solo Tenor competition drew large entries with 197 snare drummers and 45 tenor drummers travelling from all over the World. 2013 saw a new format introduced with both events offering two Juvenile MAP and three Juvenile MSR events based on the grade of the entrant. This increased the number of competitors by almost 50 from 2012.

A huge thanks to photographer Ian Watson for all his pictures on the day; we will be placing these online as soon as they're available to us.

Drummers from Preston Lodge High School - Scotland, won both the new Juvenile MAP events. Blair Logan took first place with Georgia Parry (George Watson's College - Scotland) in second place and Finlay Aitken (George Watson's College - Scotland) in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

Carrie Bain took the Juvenile 2 MAP event with Rory Smith (North Lanarkshire Schools - Scotland) in second place and Robert Mitchelmore (Erskine Stewarts Melville School - Scotland) finishing in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

Juvenile 1 MSR saw the top 3 drummers all tie on points; the title was retained by John McLean (Police Service of Northern Ireland). John took the event on an Adjudicator Preference from Logan Akira Taylor (Robert Malcolm Memorial - Canada) with Iain Kay (George Heriot's School) finishing in third place on a highest place preference.

2012 WSD Winners

The Juvenile 2 MSR event was won by 2012 runner up Mathew Wenlock (Cullybackey - Northern Ireland) with Cameron Rhodes (George Watson's College - Scotland) finishing in second place and Daniel Luby (Police Scotland Fife - Scotland) finishing in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

The Juvenile 3 MSR event was won by Grant Cassidy (Inveraray and District - Scotland). This was Grant's eighth successive World Solo Drumming title having won Juvenile 1 in 2006, 2007 and 2008 then Juvenile 2 in 2009, 2010, 2011 and Juvenile 3 in 2012 and 2013. Grant took the event by 3 points from Lachlan Gibb (Bucksburn and District - Scotland) with Marcus Wenlock (Cullybackey - Northern Ireland) finishing in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

The Adult event was won by Steven McWhirter (Inveraray and District - Scotland). Steven claimed his fourth Adult title after previous wins in 2006, 2011 and 2012. Steven won the event by 11 points winning both the MSR and Hornpipe and Jig events with 5 first places from a possible 6 in front of a packed audience.  Second place went to Blair Brown (Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia - Scotland) with Barry Wilson (Scottish Power - Scotland) finishing in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

Full summaries of the World Solo Drumming event can be found by clicking here.

Being held on the same day and in the same venue was the International Juvenile Solo Tenor drumming event. Like the World Solo Drumming the Juvenile sections increased to 5, and again this change saw the entries increase over the 2012 event.

The Juvenile 1 MAP event was won by Kerr McQuillan (Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia - Scotland) who took 1st place from both adjudicators. Cameron Anderson (George Watson's College - Scotland) finished in second place with Caitlin Smith (West Lothian Schools - Scotland) finishing in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

The Juvenile 2 MAP event was won by Lauren Thomson (Pryde of East Lothian - Scotland) who took 1st place from both adjudicators. 6th/8th Dundee B.B provide the second and third place finishers with Callum Wolfe and Greg Milne.

2012 WSD Winners

The Juvenile 1 MSR event was won by Iona Hatcher (Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia - Scotland) who took 1st place. Rachel McLeister (Cullybackey - Northern Ireland) took second with Morag Taylor (Torphichen and Bathgate - Scotland) in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

The Juvenile 2 MSR event was won by Jordan Baillie (Field Marshal Montgomery - Northern Ireland) who took 1st place. Cameron Bennett (Torphichen and Bathgate - Scotland) took second with Lisa Thoson (George Watson's College - Scotland) in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

The Juvenile 3 MSR event was won by Joanna Fairbairn (Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia - Scotland) who took 1st place. Shannon Brown (Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles - Scotland) took second with Matthew Taylor (Torphichen and Bathgate - Scotland) in third place.

2012 WSD Winners

All prizewinners pictures will be uploaded as soon as we have them.

Full summaries for the tenor events are available by clicking here.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

COWAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
FIELD MARSHAL GRAND SLAM

31st August 2013

The curtain came down on the 2013 championship season at Dunoon on Saturday 31st August. 117 bands and 34 drum majors made their way to the Cowal Championships to compete in the fifth and final championship of the season. As well as the stunning Cowal trophies 15 of the 16 RSPBA Champion of Champions awards were still to be won.

Our twitter feed provided updates on qualification results, every drum major; best drum corps, band result and champion of champions' announcement as they were read out. Feedback this season has been great from those subscribed to the service, which has now over 3000 followers. If you are on Twitter you can follow us using @RSPBAHQ for all the news.

DM  Paula Braiden

DM Paula Braiden from Cullybackey won the Adult Drum Majors event, her 2nd championship of the 2013 season having previously won the British Championships in May. Lauren Abraham from Seven Towers won the Juvenile grade and Emma Barr from Ravara won the Junior grade to wrap up a brilliant season having won the British and Scottish titles.

The 2012 Drum Majors Champion of Champions awards were won by Emma Barr (Ravara) in the Junior grade, Jason Price (Marlacoo and District) in the Juvenile grade and Paula Braiden (Cullybackey) in the Adult grade. All are pictured below.

DM Emma Barr
 
DM Jason Price
 
DM Paula Braiden

The Grade 1 title went to Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland who completed an amazing grand slam season of championship titles in 2013 including the Champion of Champion title with a maximum 30 points.



PM Richard Parkes MBE

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia took the runners up spot, they finished 6 points behind Field Marshal Montgomery. Scottish Power, St Laurence O'Toole, Inveraray and District and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia took the other places.

The Grade 1 drumming prize went to Inveraray and District under the leadership of LD Stephen McWhirter, this was their first championship title in Grade 1.



LD Stephen McWhirter

The Grade 1 Champion of Champions awards for Band and Drum Corps both went to Field Marshal Montgomery. Pipe Sergeant Alastair Dunn and Leading Drummer Keith Orr are pictured below picking up the trophies.

RS Alistair Dunn
 
LD Keith Orr

The other Cowal Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Buchan Peterson
Grade 2 Drumming - Buchan Peterson

Grade 3A Band - City of Edinburgh Pipes and Drums
Grade 3A Drumming - City of Edinburgh Pipes and Drums

Grade 3B Band - Stockbridge
Grade 3B Drumming - Stockbridge

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - Lewis
Grade 4A Drumming - Newtongrange

Grade 4B Band - City of Newcastle
Grade 4B Drumming - Lochryan

Grade Novice Band - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
Grade Novice Band - George Watons's College

2013 RSPBA Champion of Champions:

Junior Drum Major - Emma Barr, Ravara (N Ireland)

Juvenile Drum Major - Jason Price, Marlacoo and District (N Ireland)

Adult Drum Major - Paula Braiden, Cullybackey (N Ireland)

Grade 1 Band - Field Marshal Montgomery (N Ireland)
Field Marshal Montgomery (N Ireland)

Grade 2 Band - Buchan Peterson
Grade 2 Drumming - Lomond and Clyde

Grade 3A Band - Coalburn I.O.R.
Grade 3A Drumming - Royal Burgh of Stirling

Grade 3B Band - Stockbridge
Grade 3B Drumming - Stockbridge

Grade Juvenile Band - George Watson's College
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - Newtongrange
Grade 4A Drumming - Newtongrange

Grade 4B Band - City of Newcastle (England)
Grade 4B Drumming - Vale of Clyde

Grade Novice Band - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
Grade Novice Band - George Watons's College

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Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
PRIZE WINNERS GALLERY ONLINE

26th August 2013

A huge thanks to Capture the Event for supplying the gallery pictures. Our images are all low resolution but for a complete range of bands pictures, individual pictures and montages in various sizes you can check out the Capture the Event Website.

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Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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