On Saturday 25th June, some 139 bands and 50 Drum Majors headed north to Forres in the north of Scotland for the 2016 European Championships, the 3rd Major RSPBA contest of the year.
The band finished in 5th place overall in what is getting an extremely tight top 6 prize list.
It was the turn of the Medley discipline for Grade 1 and the band were drawn their number two selection:
March – Neil (Teris) Johnstone
Jig – The Shaggy Grey Buck
Slow Air – Malcolm Ferguson
Strathspey – Struan Robertson
Reels – An T- Seann Cailleach & The Little Cascade
You can listen again to the performance by clicking on the link below. Thank you as always to Drone Chorus for recording the whole contest and for sharing his videos so freely.
ScottishPower - Medley
Congratulations of course must go to the St Laurence O’Toole from Eire on winning the championship.
The full Grade 1 result was as follows:
1st St Laurence O’Toole - Eire
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery – Northern Ireland
3rd Inverarary & District – Scotland
4th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia - Scotland
5th ScottishPower – Scotland
6th Spirit of Scotland – Scotland
The full breakdown of all the competitions in all grades can be seen of the RSPBA results page.
Thanks again to RSPBA photographer Peter Hazzard for the picture above of Pipe Major Chris Armstrong receiving the bands award.