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Date: Sunday, 1st July 2018
Contributor: Ian Embelton - HQ

European Champions 2018 - Inveraray and District


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The 2018 major championships continued with the European Championships at Forres, Morray. This was the final year at Forres after 6 wonderful years, record crowds flocked to the event held in glorious sunshine. A new deal has been signed to keep the competition in the North of Scotland at Inverness from 2019.

105 bands from around the United Kingdom, Eire, Denmark and Australia as well as 33 Drum Majors made the trip to Forres to compete for the title of European champion in their respective grades.

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

Our Twitter feed with close to 8,000 followers was again very popular providing coverage of the Grade Juvenile and Grade 2 events as well as various updates, images and videos throughout the day. If you're not following us yet, you can view our feed at

We also recorded both Grade Juvenile and Grade 2 events and these are now available on our RSPBA Youtube Channel.

The Adult Drum Major title was won by Liam Renton from Inveraray and District. The Juvenile event was won by Kara Gilmour from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Services and Abigail Wenlock from Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia won the Junior grade on a marching and discipline preference to take her second title in 2 weeks.

Liam Renton

The Grade 1 title went to Inveraray and District under the leadership of Pipe Major Stuart Liddell taking the title by one point over Field Marshal Montgomery. Field Marshal Montgomery under Leading Drummer Keith Orr lifted the Grade 1 drumming title.

Inveraray - European Champions SLOT - UK Champions

Field Marshal Montgomery took the runners-up spot from Scottish Power. St Laurence O'Toole, Police Scotland Fife and Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other European Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - MacKenzie Caledonia
Grade 2 Drumming - Bucksburn and District

Grade 3A Band - Uddingston Strathclyde
Grade 3A Drumming - 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F

Grade 3B Band - Johnstone
Grade 3B Drumming - Johnstone

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

Grade 4A Band - Tweedvale
Grade 4A Drumming - Glenrothes and District 2010

Grade 4B Band - Lower Clyde Pipes and Drums
Grade 4B Drumming - Strathendrick

Grade Novice A Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Novice A Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade Novice B Band - North Lanarkshire Schools
Grade Novice B Drumming - Queen Victoria School

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


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