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Date: Sunday, 28th July 2019
Contributor: Ian Embelton - HQ

Scottish Champions 2019 - Inveraray and District


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The 2019 championship season reached its penultimate event with the Scottish Pipe Band Championships at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton. 120 pipe bands and 28 drum majors from Eire, Northern Ireland and Scotland competed in very challenging conditions. Despite the terrible weather West Dunbartonshire Council were happy with the estimate 12,000 visitors who attended the event.

In the premier Grade 1 event Inveraray and District were crowned the 2019 Champions, the band following on from their recent success at the European championships. The best drum corps title went to Scottish Power, giving leading drummer Jake Jorgensen his first grade 1 title in charge. Scottish Power went on to finish in the runners up spot whilst Field Marshal Montgomery, St Laurence O'Toole - Eire, Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia and Police Scotland Fife completed the prize list.

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

The Adult Drum Major title was won by James Kennedy from Closkelt, Kara Gilmour from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service won the Juvenile grade whilst Louis Anderson from New Ross and District (Eire) took his fourth straight title of 2019 winning the Junior grade. All three drum major champions were all victorious at the recent European Championships.

Emma Barr Jamie Cupples Louis Anderson

The other Scottish Champions on the day were:

Grade 2 Band - Closkelt
Grade 2 Drumming - Ravara

Grade 3A Band - St Joseph's - Eire
Grade 3A Drumming - St Joseph's - Eire

Grade 3B Band - Dunbar RBL
Grade 3B Drumming - Dunbar RBL

Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College

Grade 4A Band - Cullybackey
Grade 4A Drumming - Royal Burgh of Stirling

Grade 4B Band - Camelon and District
Grade 4B Drumming - Camelon and District

Grade Novice A Band - Dollar Academy
Grade Novice A Drumming - North Lanarkshire Schools

Grade Novice B Band - Renfrewshire Schools
Grade Novice B Drumming - Renfrewshire Schools

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


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