The Pipe Band World Championships (WPBC) are over for another year and Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band (FMM) are the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Champions! With Inveraray & District second and St Laurence O’Toole (SLOT) third in the two day event.
FMM Pipe Major Richard Parkes now has 12 World titles under his belt equaling the record set by PM Ian MacLellan of the legendary Strathclyde Police Pipe Band (now known as Greater Glasgow Police) which is a super achievement of consistency in musical excellence in a competitive environment.
The two Drumming Adjudicators had the drum corps ranked in the following combined result. The top 6 Grade 1 Drum corps competing at the 2018 WPBC in order are:
|St Laurence O'Toole (Eire)||1|
|Inveraray and District (Scot)||2|
|Field Marshal Montgomery (NI)||3|
|Police Scotland Fife (Scot)||4|
|Scottish Power (Scot)||5|
|Simon Fraser University (Can)||6|
The winning Drum Corps for all of the other grades were as follows:
Grade 2: City of Dunedin (USA)
Grade 3a: St. Joseph’s (Eire)
Grade 3b: Toronto Police (Can)
Grade 4a: McNeillstown (NI)
Grade 4b: Sgt Walker Memorial (NI)
Juvenile: Dollar Academy (Scot)
Novice Juvenile A: George Watson’s College Novice – (Scot)
Novice Juvenile B: St John’s College (ZW)
Every year, the RSPBA hold a cumulative total contest called “Champion of Champions” which is totalled across the “5 Majors” being the Scottish, British, European, UK and World Championships. This year’s winners of the Champion of Champions Drumming Prize was won by Dublin based drum corps SLOT and was closely contested by the Inveraray & District Drum Corps.
A full listing of all results can be found here on the RSPBA website.