The 2017 major championships got underway at Paisley, Renfrewshire. Supported by Paisley 2021 for the second of the three year deal, the venue was again the St. James playing fields. Despite the showery weather Paisley 2021 were delighted with the estimated 20,000 spectators who flocked to the free event to watch almost 4000 pipers, drummers and drum majors compete.
140 bands from around the United Kingdom, Eire, Denmark and Canada as well as 38 Drum Majors made the trip to Paisley to compete for the title of British champion in their respective grades.
Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have another large gallery of images below.
Click here for the gallery of prize winners.
Click here for the gallery throughout the day.
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We also recorded all of the Grade 2 event and this will soon be released on our Youtube Channel, you can find it via this link - RSPBA Youtube 2017 Grade 2 British Championships Playlist.
The Adult Drum Major title was won by Alicia Dickson Hamilton from Matt Boyd Memorial. James Kennedy from Closkelt won the Juvenile grade and Rebecca Hamilton from Tullylagan won the Junior grade.
The Grade 1 title went to the 2016 Champion of Champions Inveraray and District from Scotland, under the leadership of Pipe Major Stuart Liddell the band placed first and second in piping taking victory by 1 point over Field Marshal Montgomery. St Laurence O'Toole under Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton lifted the Grade 1 drumming title.
Field Marshal Montgomery took the runners-up spot finishing one points behind Inveraray and District. Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia, St Laurence O'Toole, Police Scotland Fife and Scottish Power completed the Grade 1 prize list.
The other Scottish Champions on the day were:
Grade 2 Band - Lomond and Clyde
Grade 2 Drumming - Manorcunningham
Grade 3A Band - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 3A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F
Grade 3B Band - Royal Burgh of Annan
Grade 3B Drumming - Quinn Memorial
Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College - Juvenile
Grade 4A Band - Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles
Grade 4A Drumming - Kinross and District
Grade 4B Band - Lisnamulligan
Grade 4B Drumming - Lisnamulligan
Grade Novice A Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Novice A Drumming - Dollar Academy
Grade Novice B Band - Lochalsh Junior
Grade Novice B Drumming - Bucksburn and District Novice
Complete summaries of the event can be found by clicking here for bands or clicking here for drum majors.