World Pipe Band Championships 2014

17/08/2014

Glasgow Green held host to the World Pipe Band Championships on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of August, the second year that the contest spanned over two days.

Day One - 23 Grade 1 bands from all over the world were split into two heats and played a March, Strathspey & Reel and Medley selection with the top 6 bands from each heat qualifying for the final.

The band played the following sets, March, Strathspey & Reel – The Royal Scottish Pipers Society of London, Bob of Fettercairn and Loch Carron.
Medley – Song for the Chanter set.

ScottishPower finished a comfortable 2nd place overall in their heat.

Day Two - returning on a very wet and difficult day the band competed in the 12 band final. The band produced two very strong performances and finished in 4th place overall in the March, Strathspey & Reel section and 7th in the Medley making an overall 6th position for the band.

The band played the following sets in the final, March, Strathspey & Reel – The Conundrum, Blair Drummond and Pretty Marion.

Medley – Neil (Tetris) Johnston set.

 

All performances played in the main area over the two days were streamed live over the internet and we must thank the BBC for providing this facility. This gives the army of fans from around the world a chance to hear the competition as it happens and even judge for themselves how the contest is going.

You can hear the band’s performances in the final again on the BBC website by clicking the links below.

BBC Videos

Congratulations must go to the overall winners Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland, a very well done to them indeed on their 4th consecutive win!

The full Grade 1 results were as follows:

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
2nd Inveraray & District (Scotland)
3rd St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
4th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
6th ScottishPower (Scotland)

Drumming: Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)

The full breakdowns and results from all the other grades can be viewed on the RSPBA website