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26th July 2014

Levengrove Park
Dumbarton
G82 4AZ



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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

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014
INVERARAY SECURE FIRST GRADE 1 TITLE

29th June 2013

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.

Click here for the gallery of prize winners.

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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.

Click here for the gallery of prize winners.

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Click here for the gallery before the prize giving.

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

SUMMER SCHOOL 2014
20th - 25th July, Glasgow

7th May 2014

Still Places Available

First advertised back in February we still have some places left on our 2014 Summer School "Up To The Line".


Summer School 2014

Focusing on how to get to the line, and what to do when you arrive there the 2014 Summer School is aimed at helping you improve your performance in competitions through playing exercise and theory. For more information and booking click here.

Pat Whelan
Training
The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association

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

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here.

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.

Click Here for the gallery of all prize winners.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
OFFICIAL PICTURES NOW AVAILABLE

22nd August 2013

Capture The Worlds, the official photographers of The World Pipe Band Championships, took over 70,000 photos of the event across both days. Due to sheer volume, these photos have taken some time to catalogue and upload, but are now available online for you to view at www.capturetheworlds.com. Online galleries include images from:

  • Friday Parade in Glasgow City
  • Saturday: Grade Heats and all Finals
  • Saturday: March Past, Prize-giving and Celebrations
  • Sunday: Grade Heats and all Finals
  • Sunday: March Past, Prize-giving and Celebrations
  • Sunday: Family shots after Novice / Juvenile Competitions
  • Spectator crowd shots

Photos are catalogued online by Day, Grade/Division and Band Name, to make searching for your image as easy as possible.

During the next 24 hours, images of the Drum Major Heats and Finals will be available for viewing, as well as images of the Highland Dancing and World Highlander Competitions.

In addition, Capture the Worlds will be creating an official highlights montage, personalised to any band that would like such a memento of their experience at this year's World Pipe Band Championships. For more information, please contact us via www.capturetheworlds.com

Example Collage from Grade 1 World Champions Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band


Sample Collage

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
DAY 2 - FIELD MARSHAL 3 IN A ROW

18th August 2013

Day 2 at the World Pipe Band Championships saw the Junior and Juvenile Drum Majors compete as well as bands in Grades 3A, Juvenile, 4B and Novice all compete in their qualifier and final.

The 12 Grade 1 bands that qualified from the Saturday heats would compete in the final playing their alternative MSR and Medley.

The weather again was changeable with some flash downpours and heavy winds in between some blue skies.

We received a variety of positive and negative feedback on the 2 day event both in person and via our social media. There will be a review meeting in September, where a decision will be taken on how many days the Worlds will be over and what the format will look like in 2014.

BBC once again streamed the main arena live around the World and for the first time this included the Juvenile Grade followed by the Grade 1 MSR and Grade 1 Medley.

Thanks to Capture the Event, our photography partner for the event, we will be putting a gallery of all prizewinners online over the coming days. Capture the Event will have all the images taken available via their own special Worlds web site, including individuals, bands and amazing montages like this one taken of Field Marshal Montgomery. These will be available to order directly from the team at Capture the Event.

The Junior Drum Major event went to Zoe McDowell from Aughintober whilst the Juvenile Drum Major event went to Jason Price from Marlacoo and District.


Junior Drum Major - Zoe McDowell

Juvenile Drum Major - Jason Price

After 72 performances adjudicated by 16 judges the Grade 1 title went for the third successive year to Field Marshal Montgomery led by PM Richard Parkes MBE. Field Marshal won both the Medley and MSR events in the final continuing an amazing run and head to Cowal aiming for the 5th successive Champion of Champions title. The Grade 1 drum corps prize also went to Field Marshal Montgomery under Leading Drummer Keith Orr, adding the Worlds title to the British and European titles already won this year.


FMMPB PM Richard Parkes MBE

FMMPB LD Keith Orr

FMMPB Grade 1 Champions

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia took the runners up spot 8 points behind Field Marshal, their best finish in the World Championships this century. The other places went to Scottish Power, Simon Fraser University (Canada), St Laurence O'Toole (Eire) and Inveraray and District.

The Juvenile World Championship went to one of the furthest travelled bands at the Championships, St Andrews College Christchurch from New Zealand. They also took the best drum corps prize in the Juvenile Grade.


St Andrews College - New Zealand

Other Sunday Champions included:

Grade 3A Band - Coalburn IOR
Grade 3A Drumming - Coalburn IOR

Grade Juvenile Band - St Andrews College Christchurch (New Zealand)
Grade Juvenile Drumming - St Andrews College Christchurch (New Zealand)

Grade 4B Band - West Coast Highlanders
Grade 4B Drumming - West Coast Highlanders

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

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
DAY 1 - BUCHAN PETERSON TOP GRADE 2

17th August 2013

Day 1 at the World Pipe Band Championships saw Adult Drum Majors as well as bands in Grades 2, 3B and 4A all compete in their qualifier and finals. 24 Grade 1 also had their MSR and Medley qualifiers over two heats and the top 12 will take to Arena 1 to complete in the 12 band final on Sunday.

The weather was very wet in the morning, but we did see some blue skies in the afternoon for the finals and Grade 1 Medley event.

Saturday allowed the Grade 2 bands to take pride of place as centre bands as the Grade 1 bands were allowed to leave their instruments behind with another MSR and Medley event to compete in on Sunday.

The Adult Drum Major event went to Jason Paguio from Simon Fraser University (Canada). This was Jason's 3rd Adult World title after wins in 2011 and 2007.


Adult Drum Major - Jason Paguio

Grade 2 went to current British and European Champions Buchan Peterson who edged out Lomond and Clyde by 3 points. Third place went to New York Metro who won the World Championships in Grade 3B in 2011. The other places went to The Glasgow Skye Association, St Thomas Alumni (USA) and Bleary & District.


Grade 2 World Champions - Buchan Peterson

The Grade 2 drum corps title went to current British and Scottish Champions Lomond and Clyde.


Grade 2 Drumming Champions - Lomond and Clyde

Other Saturday Champions included:

Grade 3B Band - New Ross and District (Eire)
Grade 3B Drumming - Syerla and District

Grade 4A Band - St Colmcille's - Tullamore Eire
Grade 4A Drumming - Newtongrange

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
ONLINE STREAMING INFORMATION

15th August 2013

With the World Pipe Band Championships running over a full weekend this year we wanted to just keep you updated on the Internet streaming that will be available over both days.

The Saturday stream is being provided by the Glasgow Events team and will cover the Grade 1 MSR and Medley qualifying followed by the Marchpast and Saturday prize winners.

The Sunday stream will be provided by the BBC Scotland team which will cover the Juvenile Final, the Grade 1 MSR and Medley final then the Marchpast and Sunday prize winners.

So, if you're tuning into the Worlds via the internet then you can connect to all the streaming resources on the Glasgow Events website - http://www.theworlds.co.uk/pages/watch-live.aspx

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

6th August 2013

We've put together some of the frequently asked questions and answers from our Twitter feed regarding the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships.

Band Member Entry:

  • Band members will only be admitted free if in uniform
  • There are no wristbands for band members
  • All band secretaries received a letter offering the advance purchase of reduced entry tickets for band members who perhaps didn't want to wear a uniform both days
  • Advance general entry ticket sales are available online until August 16th, savings and prices here
  • Without an advance ticket the entry price for a single day will be £14 (Adults), £9 (Children and Concessions)
  • Concession prices are available for students, senior citizens, anyone receiving unemployment benefits, and anyone registered disabled (ie 'Blue Badge Holders')
  • Children under 2 are free
  • The above information is specifically for band members who may not want to wear a uniform both days. General public please check day and weekend tickets prices
Playing:
  • All playing slots for heats and finals are included on the draw for all Grades
  • Draw numbers for all heats are retained into the finals and give the playing order of all finals
Grade 1 Seating
  • There are NO Grade 1 Seating Tickets on Saturday, the complete stand will be open to ALL ticket holders on a first come first served basis.
  • On Sunday this stand will also be open during the Juvenile Final
  • Access will be restricted to Grade 1 ticket holders only during the Grade 1 Final
  • Sunday seats are now very limited, the final few are on sale via this link
Marchpast:
  • There will be a Marchpast on both days of the Championships. Saturday for Adult Drum Majors, Grades 4A, 3B, 2 and 1. Sunday for Juvenile and Junior Drum Majors, Grades Novice, 4B, Juvenile, 3A and 1
  • The Grade 1 bands will parade during the Saturday Marchpast along with other bands
  • The Grade 1 announcements for the Sunday final will take place at the Saturday Marchpast
  • The Grade 2 bands will perform as centre bands on Saturday, the Grade 1 bands on Sunday
Web Coverage:
  • On Saturday there will be a stream available via the Worlds website. This will focus on the main Grade 1 Arena, so viewers will see all 24 Grade 1 bands play, 12 MSR and 12 Medley. The link for Saturday streaming can be found here
  • On Sunday the feed will come from the BBC, and will feature the Juvenile Final as well as Adult Final from the main Grade 1 Arena
CDs / DVDs:
  • KRL will again be producing CD's and DVD's for 2013
  • Only the Grade 1 Final will be covered
  • Advance Sales will be open in our online shop over the coming days

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013
FIELD MARSHAL 5 IN A ROW

29th June 2013

The third championship of the 2013 season took place at Levengrove Park in Dumbarton. Switching from its typical May slot as the first championship of the season, the Scottish Championships welcomed 25,000 visitors who bathed in the July sunshine watching the 125 bands and 44 Drum Majors who made the trip to Dumbarton.

A huge thanks to photographer Alistair Devine for all his pictures on the day. Alistiar captured images of every prize winner.

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Our Twitter feed, with over 2,500 followers, was again very popular providing over 100 tweet updates throughout the day on qualification heats, every drum major; best drum corps and band results as they were read out. Hopefully we're adding some band interaction with the addition of prize winning bands or drum corps into our Twitter feed, so if you have an image to share please mention @RSPBAHQ and your picture will appear on the right hand side of this text.

The Drum Majors events went to DM Alicia Dickson from Matt Boyd Memorial winning the Adult grade, Jason Price from Marlacoo took his third consecutive title of the season winning the Juvenile grade and Emma Barr from Ravara winning the Junior grade.

DM Alicia Dickson

The Grade 1 title for the fifth consecutive season went to Northern Ireland with Field Marshal Montgomery, PM Richard Parks MBE is pictured below. 2012 Champion of Champions Drum Corps Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia took the Grade 1 drumming title, their first title of the 2013 season, flank drummer Craig Brown is pictured below.


Field Marshal Montgomery - Scottish Champions

Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia - Scottish Drumming Champions

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

The other Scottish Champions on the day were:

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

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

Grade 3B Band - New Ross and District (Eire)
Grade 3B Drumming - Thiepval Memorial (Eire)

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

Grade 4A Band - Tullintrain
Grade 4A Drumming - East Kilbride

Grade 4B Band - Glen Mor
Grade 4B Drumming - Raphoe (Eire)

Grade Novice Band - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
Grade Novice Drumming - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia

Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

2014-2015 CHAMPIONSHIPS
5th MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT

26th July 2013

The board of directors of the RSPBA today announced that, following the formal bid process, the 5th Major Championship in 2014 and 2015 will be held in Belfast.

The title, date, and venue for the Championship will be communicated shortly once discussions with the preferred bidder are completed. The board of directors would like to thank all of the bidders for the time and effort spent in preparing the bids and hope to have an opportunity to work with their organisations at some point in the not too distant future.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive

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COWAL HIGHLAND GATHERING
WITHDRAWS 'MAJOR' STATUS

21ST JANUARY 2013

Cowal Highland Gathering has taken a key decision aimed at making its pipe band competition more fun and better-suited to the overall event.

Following discussion with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, the Gathering has agreed to withdraw its pipe band championship's 'major' status from 2014.

Although the Cowal Highland Gathering will continue to host a pipe band competition it will no longer count towards the Champions of Champions competition.

While this was not an easy decision to take, the Gathering Board agreed that it was more important to secure the future of Cowal Highland Gathering than to maintain the 'major' status. The Board stressed that the move would provide an opportunity to improve facilities, introduce new attractions and promote the Cowal Highland Gathering as a traditional highland games.

Cowal Highland Gathering chairman, Ronnie Cairns said, "We recognise that the increasing competitiveness of the event and numbers of bands attending were putting a strain on the space and resources we had available and that this was leading to unhappiness amongst some of the bands."

"In order to address this situation, to improve the facilities for those bands that do attend and, hopefully, to re-introduce some of the fun elements that some people have been missing in recent years we are to drop the major championship status."

"Although the number of bands will reduce, the level of competition will remain high and key elements of the pipe band event like the massed bands and the march down Argyll Street at night will remain. We also hope that the fact it is no longer a major championship will mean that we can work with the bands and the RSPBA to reintroduce some of the more fun elements like the march up Argyll Street in the morning which the public have missed in recent years."

Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA said "this decision was taken with the RSPBA branch members full support and the Association is committed to working with Cowal Highland Gathering Committee to ensure the continued success of this historic event which will still be held on the last Saturday in August."

Ronnie Cairns also said "far from being the end of the Cowal Gathering this is an opportunity for us to not only improve the facilities for the bands that attend but to also introduce new attractions and elements for the public and by doing so to secure the future of Cowal Highland Gathering as a traditional Highland Games. We will continue to host the Highland Dancing World Championships, Heavy Athletes, Traditional Wrestling, Solo Piping and the popular live ceilidh tent. "

Malcolm Barclay
Event Manager
Cowal Highland Gathering

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