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Date: Sunday, 20th May 2018
Contributor: Ian Embelton - HQ

British Champions 2018 - Scottish Power


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The 2018 major championships got underway at Paisley, Renfrewshire. In its final year of the current deal, the Paisley promotion team were delighted with the estimated 20,000 spectators who flocked to the free event to watch almost 4000 pipers, drummers and drum majors compete.

122 bands from around the United Kingdom, Eire and Denmark as well as 43 Drum Majors made the trip to Paisley to compete for the title of British champion in their respective grades.

The Grade 1 event was won by Scottish Power Pipe Band led by Pipe Major Chris Armstrong and Leading Drummer Jake Jorgensen. Although a regular prize winner, this was the bands first championship title under Chris. Their winning performance can be viewed below

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we will have another large gallery of images in the coming days.

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The Adult Drum Major title was won by Andrea McKeown Gibson from Battlehill, Andrea picked up her first championship title since the UK Championships in 2016. The McKeown family also had success in the Juvenile event which was won by Kathryn McKeown from Battlehill and Leanne Crooks from Syerla and District won the Junior grade.

Andrea McKeown Gibson

The Grade 1 title went to Scottish Power from Scotland, under the leadership of Pipe Major Chris Armstrong taking the title on an Ensemble Preference over 2017 winners Inveraray and District. Inveraray and District under Leading Drummer Stephen McWhirter lifted the Grade 1 drumming title collected by Holly Harrison (pictured below).

Inveraray and District - British Champions Inveraray and District - British Champions

Inveraray and District took the runners-up spot losing out on Ensemble Prefrence. Field Marshal Montgomery, St Laurence O'Toole, Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia and Police Scotland Fife completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other Scottish Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Closkelt
Grade 2 Drumming - New Ross and District (Eire)

Grade 3A Band - Royal Burgh of Annan
Grade 3A Drumming - Uddingston Strathclyde

Grade 3B Band - Johnstone
Grade 3B Drumming - St Marys, Derrytrasna

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

Grade 4A Band - Dunbar Royal British Legion
Grade 4A Drumming - Lochryan

Grade 4B Band - Mid Argyll
Grade 4B Drumming - Stockbridge

Grade Novice A Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Novice A Drumming - George Heriot's School

Grade Novice B Band - North Lanarkshire Schools
Grade Novice B Drumming - North Lanarkshire Schools

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


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