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Date: Sunday, 19th August 2018
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World Champions 2018 - Field Marshal Montgomery


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The 2018 championship season climaxed with the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.

2018 saw 214 pipe bands from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Canada, Oman, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Eire, USA, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland take part. Over 30,000 people turned out to watch over 8,000 pipers and drummers compete for the title of World Champion in their respective grade where up to 40% of the competitors this year were under the age of 25.

In the premier Grade 1 event, it took Friday and Saturday, two MSR performances, two Medley performances and sixteen adjudicators to crown Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland the 2018 World Champions. Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE lifted the trophy for the 12th time equaling the record set by Strathclyde Police Pipe Major Ian McLellan BEM.

Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have another gallery of pictures over the coming days.

The Adult Drum Major title was won by Emma Barr from Field Marshal Montgomery. Emma completed her first season in the Adult category lifting the Champion of Champion after wins at the UK Championships and World Championships.

Jamie Cupples from MacKenzie Caledonian won the Juvenile grade, also winning his second title of 2018.

Kathy Hunter from Manorcunningham won the Junior grade also winning her second championship of the 2017 season. Jamie and Kathy were also crowned Champion of Champions in their respective grades

Emma Barr Field MArshal Montgomery SLOT

The overall Grade 1 title went to Field Marshal Montgomery from Northern Ireland, under the leadership of Pipe Major Richard Parks MBE they secured their twelfth World title. St Laurence O'Toole under Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton won the overall drumming prize placing third in the MSR and first in the Medley events.

Inveraray and District, St Laurence O'Toole - Eire, Scottish Power, Simon Fraser University - Canada and Police Scotland Fife completed the Grade 1 prize list.

The other World Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - City of Dunedin - U.S.A.
Grade 2 Drumming - City of Dunedin - U.S.A.

Grade 3A Band - Royal Burgh of Annan
Grade 3A Drumming - St Joseph's - Eire

Grade 3B Band - Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums - U.S.A.
Grade 3B Drumming - Toronto Police - Canada

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

Grade 4A Band - McNeillstown
Grade 4A Drumming - McNeillstown

Grade 4B Band - Gransha
Grade 4B Drumming - Sgt. Walker Memorial

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

Grade Novice B Band - St John's College - Zimbabwe
Grade Novice B Drumming - St John's College - Zimbabwe

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


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