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19 October 2019

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Date: Sunday, 21st October 2018
Contributor: Ian Embelton - HQ

Steven McWhirter secures his ninth World Solo title


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The final RSPBA events of 2018 took place on Saturday 20th October at the Glasgow Caledonian University.

The annual Andante sponsored World Solo Drumming event as well as the International Solo Tenor competition drew large entries with 186 snare drummers and 30 tenor drummers traveling from all over the World.

Once again we would like to extend our thanks to Nigel Hodgen and his team at Andante for their continued support.

A huge thanks to RSPBA photographer Peter Hazzard for all his pictures on the day, Peter captured many competitors throughout the day as well as the prizes and those galleries will be available in the coming days.

The Adult event was won by Steven McWhirter (Inveraray and District - Scotland). Steven claimed his ninth Adult title after previous wins in 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Steven won the event by 5 points winning both the MSR and Hornpipe and Jig events.  Second place again went to Gareth McLees (Field Marshal Montgomery) with Michael McKenna (St Laurence O'Toole - Eire) finishing in third place. The full event was recorded and can be viewed in finishing order with each finalists MSR and Hornpipe & Jig performance.

The Juvenile 1 March event won by Samuel Hanna (Broughshane and District). Juvenile 2 March event was won by MacKenzie Forrest (North Lanarkshire Schools). Juvenile 3 MSR event was won by Blair Beaton (78th Fraser Highlanders - Canada). Juvenile 4 MSR event was won by Conor Lawlor (St Laurence O'Toole - Eire) and Juvenile 5 MSR event was won by Rachel Thom (Glasgow Police).

Full Adult Event

We also recorded the Juvenile 5 event on the day and the full event can also be found on our Youtube Channel

Full Juvenile 5 Event

Full summaries of the World Solo Drumming event can be found by clicking here.

Being held on the same day and in the same venue was the International Juvenile Solo Tenor drumming event.

The Juvenile 1 March event won by Gemma Dandie (Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia). Juvenile 2 March event was won by Indyana Bridgman (Scots School Albury - Australia). Juvenile 3 MSR was won by Adam Montgomery (Quinn Memorial). Juvenile 4 MSR event was won by (Aofie Bissett St Laurence O'Toole - Eire) and Juvenile 5 MSR event was won by Holly Harrison (Inveraray and District).

Full summaries for the tenor events are available by clicking here.

Ian Embelton
Chief Executive


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