The first major championship of the 2016 season was held in St James Park, Paisley, on Saturday 21st May. It was also the first time that this venue has been used to host a major championship. It attracted some 147 bands and 40 Drum Majors who gathered on the day to compete for the British Championship title.
ScottishPower finished in 4th place overall giving a solid performance in their Medley selection and a great start to their competition season.
The band drew their ‘Kilmaho’ set and you can listen to it again by clicking the link below. Thank you to Drone Chorus for continuing to record all these performances and post them freely on the web for everyone to enjoy!
ScottishPower - Medley
Well done and congratulations must of course go to Inveraray & District on winning 1st place overall.
The full Grade 1 prize list was as follows:
1st Inveraray & District – Scotland
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery – Northern Ireland
3rd St Laurence O'Toole - Eire
4th ScottishPower - Scotland
5th Spirit of Scotland - Scotland
6th Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia - Scotland
Best Drum Corp – Inveraray & District
The full break down of all the band in every grade can be seen of the RSPBA Results page.
Thanks also to RSPBA photographer Peter Hazzard for his picture of Pipe Major Chris Armstrong receiving the band prize on the day.
A few requests have come in asking about some of the tunes played in that Medley. Here’s some info on a few of them.
Opening Tune – Kilmaho
A very old tune composed by the great George McIntyre. Named after a farm estate on the Kintyre peninsula not far from the town of Cambeltown for where he was from. It's a fantastic double tonic tune, changing between A and G in every phrase and is an unpublished piece of work.
Slow Air - Irree Ny Greiney
This tune was used for its majestic qualities having been sourced from another Celtic Nations repertoire - The Isle of Man. We got this tune from the folk band Barrule, check them out on Spotify etc. Fantastic traditional music group who also performed alongside us at the Revolution concert a couple of weeks back!
Finishing Tune - The Electric Pumpkin
Is the only jig we play in the medley and it is of 6 parts construction and was composed by Pipe Major Chris Armstrong back in 1996. This tune has great rhythmical qualities and allows some fantastic opportunity for our leading drummer Jake to really come to the fore with the drum corps, which he does and we hope you agree.