June 11th 2022
Field Marshal Montgomery won the 2022 United Kingdom Championship held at Lurgan Park for the first time in two years.
It was the second of five RSPBA major championships. British Champions Inveraray & District were second in the MSR competition. ScottishPower, out of the list at the British, returned to the prizes, while Police Scotland Fife rose another place with a third. Ravara, also of Northern Ireland, won the Grade 1 medley contest, while winners at the British, Buchan Peterson finished third. Portlethan & District enjoyed two firsts in piping but were placed well back in drumming and ensemble to drop to sixth.
Conditions were mainly wet, windy and difficult for all.
Grade 1 (MSR, 10 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2nd Inveraray & District (2,2,1,2)
3rd Police Scotland Fife (3,3,3,4)
4th ScottishPower (4,4,5,3)
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (6,5,6,5)
6th St. Laurence O’Toole (7,7,4,6)
Best Drum Corps : Inveraray & District
Judges: Mark Faloon, Jim Semple (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Gordon Lawrie (ensemble)
Not our best day at the office,due to a variety of reasons,but the bad start sealed out fate.
Have a listen to our performance below....
May 21st 2022
Following two years without an RSPBA major, reigning World Champions Inveraray & District won the British Championship at a drizzly Battery Park on the banks of the estuary of the river Clyde against nine other Grade 1 bands, the smallest Grade 1 entry for a championship event in decades. Entries and band sizes were generally smaller across the grades. As a result, the march-past started sooner than usual at around 5 pm, and the event was wrapped by about 6 pm.
Inveraray won with two seconds in piping and firsts in drumming and ensemble, while Field Marshal Montgomery was second, with two two piping firsts, but could not overcome a fifth in drumming and a third in ensemble. Defending British Champions St. Laurence O’Toole ended up third, but with a strong second in ensemble.
Police Scotland Fife enjoyed their highest-ever placing in a major championship, ending up fourth.
Grade 1 (own choice medley, 10 competed)
1st Inveraray & District (2,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,5,3)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (3,4,4,2)
4th Police Scotland Fife (6,6,3,4)
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (5,3,7,6)
6th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (4,5,6,7)
Drumming: Inveraray & District
Judges: George Wilson, Tony Sloane (piping); Brian Martin (drumming); Peter Snaddon (ensemble)
Check out our performance on the day below.....
3rd March 2022
Pipe Major Terry Tully, a member of Dublin’s St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band since 1973 and pipe major of the band from 1984 to 2013, has announced his retirement from the band and competitive piping in Grade 1.
After handing over the reins as pipe major to his son Alen in 2013, Terry continued to compete with the band up until the last Grade 1 major championship before the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2019 World Pipe Band Championships.
The names Terry Tully and St Laurence O’Toole are so closely associated that over the years Terry was often referred to as “Terry O’Toole”, sometimes jokingly but in many cases in the mistaken assumption he had established the band! It’s therefore inevitable that Terry will still be seen around the band.
Terry took the reins as pipe major following the death of his father and then pipe major Tommy Tully in 1984. The band was in grade 2 at the time. The band was promoted to grade 1 in 1988 after two successive years finishing 2nd in the Worlds in Grade 2.
Under Terry’s leadership and having been bolstered by the addition of Drum Sergeant Stephen in 1999, the band went from strength to strength in Grade 1 over the years, finally winning its first major championships in Grade 1 in 2008 at Dumbarton and Birmingham. Its upward trajectory continued, and Terry joined the list of Grade 1 World Championship winning pipe majors in 2010, firmly cementing his place in pipe band history.
Outside the competition circle, Terry is also widely known for his compositions, many of which, such as the Pumpkin’s Fancy, Eric Stein, Hamilton’s Nutsack and Tommy Tully’s Air, have become classics. Terry is also adept at the adaptation of traditional Irish tunes, such as the Queen of the Rushes, to the highland bagpipe, and he has published five books featuring his compositions and arrangements. Terry retired from the solo scene many years ago, after winning three All Ireland Senior Championships.
Since stepping down as pipe major from the band in 2013, Terry has made use of the additional time available to him to pass on his knowledge and teach around the world, something he enjoys very much. This is something he will continue doing.
It’s also expected that Tully’s Bar, at his home in Kildare, scene of many a great night after various competitions, will stay open for business for its most loyal of customers.
With his world beating leadership of the band, his gift for composing, and his teaching and barman skills there is no doubt that “TT”, as he is affectionately known in band circles, has left his mark on the pipe band world and will go down as a legend.
Commenting on his career and retirement, Terry said:
“The band, and pipe band scene, has given me so much. I would like to thank all those who played in the band during the time I was a member and pipe major, and all the bandsmen and women I met along the way on the field. The band’s supporters and my supporters in Ireland, Scotland and further afield also have my thanks, as do all those who have sent best wishes on my retirement. I wish Alen, Stephen and band members current and future all the best, and I will be there to cheer you along.”
SLOTPB Pipe Major & Terry’s son Alen said:
“It’s been a privilege to have Dad play in the ranks and supporting me since his retirement as PM in 2013. His encouragement and help behind the scenes have been invaluable and for that I am truly grateful. Not many people get to win majors and a world’s title under their father, and for me to have him in the ranks winning majors with me leading the band were very special times. While Dad won’t be a playing member of the band anymore, I know he will be there to help us with the set-up on the day and will still play a vital role in the success of the band going forward.”
23rd February 2022
Calling all golfers!!
Join us for our fundraiser golf outing in Kilcock. Friday 1st of April.
Teams of 4 €280 each
Dinner included afterwards.
Great prizes on the day!!
Please support to help the band for the coming season!!
If you wish to take part, please email email@example.com with your name and your teams name.
|7 May 2022||North Down Championships||Bangor|
|14 May 2022||British Pipe Band Championships||Greenock|
|4 June 2022||Mid Ulster Championships||Cookstown|
|11 June 2022||British Championships||Lurgan|
|25 June 2022||European Championships||Inverness|
|2 July 2022||All Ireland Championships||New Ross|
|23 July 2022||Ulster Championships||Ballymena|
|30 July 2022||Scottish Championships||Dumbarton|
|6 August 2022||Co.Down Championships||Newcastle|
|12 & 13 August 2022||World Championships||Glasgow Green|