NEWS 2017

WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 : GLASGOW GREEN

August 11th and 12th 2017

Once again,the Grade One competition took place over two days with 20 bands battling it out in the Friday qualifiers for 12 places in the Saturday final. After the dust had settled,the band to emerge as World Pipe Band Champions for 2017 was.........Inverary & District and congratulations to P/M Stuart Liddell and D/Sgt. Steven McWhirter and all the band on their achievement. 

The O'Toole's gave some really strong performances over the two days - with our drummers winning the medley section in the final on Saturday.

With two great runs in the final,we came away in 3rd in the MSR and 2nd in the Medley - giving us 3rd overall.

Sadly,it's now all over for another year.........but we'll see you again in 2018 !!

Grade 1 (MSR)

1 - Inverary & District (2,2,1,1)

2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,2)

3 - St.Laurence O'Toole (6,5,3,4)

4 - Scottish Power (3,4,6,7)

5 - Shotts & Dykehead (4,3,10,5)

6 - Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia (5,7,8,3)

Piping Adjudicator 1: John Wilson 

Piping Adjudicator 2: Donald MacPhee

Drumming Adjudicator: Alex Dudgeon

Ensemble Adjudicator: Anthony Sloane

Grade 1 (Medley) 

1 - Inverary & District (1,3,2,1)

2 - St.Laurence O'Toole (3,4,1,4)

3 - Scottish Power (4,2,6,2)

4 - Field Marshal Montgomery (2,1,5,6)

5 - Simon Fraser University (5,5,3,3)

Piping Adjudicator 1: Thomas Brown 

Piping Adjudicator 2: Samuel Young

Drumming Adjudicator: Gregory Dinsdale

Ensemble Adjudicator: Robert Mathieson

Full summaries for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - click here  

Here are some of the band performances from the weekend...........enjoy

MSR @ WPBC 2017

The St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band perform their March,Strathspey and Reel at World Pipe Band Championships 2017 @ Glasgow Green.


MEDLEY @ WPBC 2017

The St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band perform their Medley selection at World Pipe Band Championships 2017 @ Glasgow Green.

SCOTTISH PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 - DUMBARTON

29th July 2017

 Inveraray & District emerged as overall Scottish Champions,with St.Laurence O'Toole taking the drumming prize. O'Toole's drew the number two set - beginning with The Donegal Lass - and gave a very credible performance,given the atrocious weather conditions.

The band finished in third position overall. 

A big congratulations to Lead Drummer Stephen Creighton and his corp for yet another major championship win

Grade 1 (medley, 14 competed) 

1 - Inveraray & District (1,1,3,2)

2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (4,2,2,1)

3 - St. Laurence O’Toole (5,4,1,5)

4 - ScottishPower (2,6,7,3)

5 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (3,3,8,8)

6 - Police Scotland Fife (7,5,5,6)

Drumming : St,Laurence O'Toole

Judges: 

Gordon Lawrie and Ken Eller (piping) 

Gordon Parkes (drumming) 

Nat Russell (ensemble)

Full results can be obtained from the RSPBA website - click for the Grade One summaries 

Have a listen to the performance below........

St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band @ The Scottish Championships 2017........The Donegal Lass Medley

EUROPEAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP 2017 - FORRES

24th June 2017

The 2017 RSPBA season marched on in the north of Scotland, where Inveraray & District took home the European Championship at the lush Grant Park in generally good weather. The previous two championships, the British and UK, were won by Inveraray & District and Field Marshal Montgomery, respectively. A fifth in drumming essentially destroyed the hopes of Field Marshal Montgomery to win the event, although surpassing Inveraray’s near-perfect rankings from the four judges made winning for any other band extremely unlikely. With a fifth, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia returned to a championship prize-list for the first time since 2015. Vale of Atholl, with new lead-drummer Adrian Hoy, finished second in drumming, the bands highest finish at a major for more than a decade.

Grade 1 (medley, 14 competed)

1 - Inveraray & District (1,2,1,2)

2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (2,1,5,1)

3 - ScottishPower (3,3,6,4)

4 - St. Laurence O’Toole (8,7,3,3)

5 - Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate (5,4,9,5)

6 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (4,6,8,7)

Drumming : Inveraray & District

Judges: 

Terry Lee and Bob Worrall (piping)

Willie Black (drumming)

Gordon Craig (ensemble)

Full results can be obtained from the RSPBA website - click here for the Grade One summaries. 

Have a listen to the performance below.........

St.Laurence O'Toole PIpe Band @ The European Championships,Forres,2017

UK PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 - BELFAST

10th June 2017

The second major championship of the season was held in the grounds of Stormont Estate,just outside Belfast,in what turned out to be a pleasant day with plenty of sunshine.  The band drew the number two medley set - starting with the Donegal Lass - on the line,and gave a rousing performance of this crowd pleaser. 

This performance was to bring the band a third place overall and a return the top three. 

Grade 1 (medley, 14 competed)

1 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,1,1) 

2 - Inveraray & District (3,1,2,2) 

3 - St. Laurence O’Toole (4,4,3,3) 

4 - ScottishPower (5,5,7,4) 

5 - Police Scotland Fife (7,3,6,5) 

6 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (2,6,10,7) 

Drumming : Field Marshal Montgomery  

Judges:

George Wilson, and Jennifer Hutcheon (piping) 

Mark Wilson (drumming) 

David Brown (ensemble) 

Full results can be obtained from the RSPBA website - click here for the Grade One summaries. 

Have a listen to the performance below.........

St.Laurence O'Toole @ The UK Championships 2017 playing Medley Set 2 : beginning with The Donegal Lass......

BRITISH PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 - PAISLEY

20th May 2017

The first major of the season kicked off in Paisley and was held again at St.James Playing Fields within earshot of the M8 motorway and Glasgow International Airport. Weather was variable, with intermittent showers and a high of 14 degrees. 

The Grade 1 contest featured 16 contestants, including two from Canada (Dowco Triumph Street and Simon Fraser University) and three bands (Buchan Peterson, Johnstone, and Police Service of Northern Ireland) making their debut in the top grade. 

The O'Toole's were drawn to play at 3.15pm and gave a very good performance for what was the first outing onto the grass this season. 

When the results were announced,the band came in with a solid enough 4th placing. 

Congratulations must go to D/S Stephen Creighton and his drum corp though on winning the yet another major championship and being crowned British Champions for 2017. 

Well done to all.. 

Grade 1 (MSR, 16 competed) 

1 - Inveraray & District 

2 - Field Marshal Montgomery 

3 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia 

4 - St. Laurence O’Toole 

5 - Police Scotland Fife 

6 - Scottish Power 

Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole   

Judges: Colin Moffett, John Connor (piping)

Harry Russell (drumming)

Cameron Edgar (ensemble) 

Have a listen to the band's performance below.....

St.Laurence O'Toole @ The British Championships 2017 playing MSR set #1 : The Links of Forth,The Shepherd's Crook and The Smith of Chilliechassie

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