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Date: Friday, 11th August 2017
Contributor: Ian Embelton - HQ

World Champions 2017 - Inveraray and District




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The 2017 championship season climaxed with the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

2017 was the 70th anniversary of the World Pipe Band Championships. Over 40,000 people turned out to watch 219 bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, England, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, Argentina, the Netherlands and Scotland who brought over 8,000 pipers and drummers to 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 Inveraray and District from Scotland the 2017 World Champions. The band received twelve first places, taking a clean sweep in the Friday Qualifier.

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The Adult Drum Major title was won by Jason Price from Ravara. James completed his season as Adult Drum Major Champion of Champion after wins at the European Championships and World Championships.

James Kennedy from Closkelt won the Juvenile grade, also winning his second title of 2017.

Rachael Lowry from Armaghbreague won the Junior grade winning her first championship of the 2017 season.

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The overall Grade 1 title went to Inveraray and District from Scotland, under the leadership of Pipe Major Stuart Liddell they secured their first World title in an amazing story of a band that made it's competitive debut in the Novice grade at Cowal Championships in 2005 placing 13th. Inveraray and District under Leading Drummer Steven McWhirter also won the overall drumming placing first in the MSR and second in the Medley events.


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Field Marshal Montgomery - Northern Ireland, St Laurence O'Toole - Eire, Scottish Power, Simon Fraser University - Canada and Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other World Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - The Glasgow Skye Association
Grade 2 Drumming - Lomond and Clyde

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

Grade 3B Band - Royal Burgh of Annan
Grade 3B Drumming - Royal Burgh of Annan

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

Grade 4A Band - 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
Grade 4A Drumming - Tullylagan

Grade 4B Band - The College of Piping (Summerside) - Canada
Grade 4B Drumming - Kimarnock

Grade Novice A Band - Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School
Grade Novice A Drumming - George Watson's College - Novice

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.

 

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