The 2019 championship season climaxed with the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.
2019 saw 195 pipe bands bringing around 8000 pipers and drummers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Austria, Switzerland, Eire, USA, Belgium, England, Spain, Malaysia, Northern Ireland and Scotland take part. Over 30,000 people attended over two days to watch the championships.
In the premier Grade 1 event, it took Friday and Saturday, two MSR performances, two Medley performances and sixteen adjudicators to crown Inveraray and District from Scotland the 2019 World Champions. Pipe Major Stuart Liddell lifting the trophy for the second time in three years.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: "The World Pipe Band Championships is the event all the bands work towards and they have once again excelled. The competition continues to drive the highest standards and everyone who came to watch and listen has enjoyed some brilliant performances. Thanks to the bands, the spectators and to everyone who came."
Thanks to RSPBA Photographer Peter Hazzard we have another gallery of pictures covering Friday and Saturday over the coming days.
The Adult Drum Major title was won by Jason Paguio from Simon Fraser University - Canada. Kathy Hunter from Manorcunningham won the Juvenile grade in her first season, Kathy also lifted the Champion of Champions title. Benjamin Walker from Joseph Forde Memorial won the Junior grade.
After two days, playing two MSR's and two Medleys in changeable conditions Inveraray and District from Scotland, under the leadership of Pipe Major Stuart Liddell secured their second Grade 1 World title by three points from the 2018 champions Field Marshall Montgomery. St Laurence O'Toole under Leading Drummer Stephen Creighton won the overall drumming prize.
St Laurence O'Toole - Eire, Scottish Power, Simon Fraser University - Canada and Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia completed the Grade 1 prize list.
The other World Champions on the day were:
Grade 2 Band - St Thomas Alumni - U.S.A. Grade 2 Drumming - Ravara
Grade 3A Band - St Joseph's - Eire Grade 3A Drumming - Stockbridge
Grade 3B Band - Tullylagan Grade 3B Drumming - Williamwood
Grade Juvenile Band - Dollar Academy Grade Juvenile Drumming - George Watson's College - Juvenile
Grade 4A Band - Glenrothes and District 2010 Grade 4A Drumming - Glenrothes and District 2010
Grade 4B Band - Sri Dasmesh - Malaysia Grade 4B Drumming - Sri Dasmesh - Malaysia
Grade Novice A Band - North Lanarkshire Schools Grade Novice A Drumming - North Lanarkshire Schools
Grade Novice B Band - Capital District Youth Pipe Band - USA Grade Novice B Drumming - Capital District Youth Pipe Band - USA