The 2016 championship season climaxed with the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.
2016 was the 30th anniversary of the event in Glasgow. Over 35,000 people turned out to watch 230 bands bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, France, Canada, England, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scotland who brought around 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title of World Champion in their respective grade.
In the premier Grade 1 event, it took Friday and Saturday, two MSR performances, two Medley performances and sixteen adjudicators to crown Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland the 2016 World Champions claiming victory by a single point.
Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have another gallery of pictures below, Friday event pictures will be coming soon.
The Adult Drum Major title was won by Paula Braiden from Cullybackey who completed her season with successive titles at the Scottish and World Championships.
Gibb Fraser from Coalburn IOR won the Juvenile grade, Gibb also finished with back to back titles and has been unbeaten in all events since July.
Jamie Cupples from Killeen won the Junior grade taking his second championship of the 2016 season.
The overall Grade 1 title went to Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland, under the leadership of Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE they secured their eleventh World title. Field Marshal placed first in the Medley event and second in the MSR event. St Laurence O'Toole under Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton took a clean sweep winning the drumming in both MSR and Medley events.
St Laurence O'Toole - Eire, Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia, Scottish Power and Police Scotland Fife completed the Grade 1 prize list.
The other World Champions on the day were:
Grade 2 Band - Johnstone Grade 2 Drumming - Pipes and Drums of the Police Service of Northern Ireland