NEWS 2023


WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023

16th August 2023

The final major championship of the season, The World's, kicks off on Friday 18th and continues on Saturday 19th August at Glasgow Green.

Once again, the Grade One Championship is being streamed live, so even if you can't be there, you won't miss any of the performances.

Click on the links below to access the livestreams on the relevant day.

Friday

glasgowlife.org

Saturday

bbc.co.uk/worlds


Order of play for the Grade One final on Friday and Saturday are posted below


WPBC 2023 - Grade One MSR Draw Times - Friday

FRIDAY
MSR DRAW TIMES

WPBC 2023 - Grade One Medley Draw Times - Friday

FRIDAY
MEDLEY DRAW TIMES

WPBC 2023 - Grade One MSR Draw Times - Saturday

SATURDAY
MSR DRAW TIMES

WPBC 2023 - Grade One Medley Draw Times - Saturday

SATURDAY
MEDLEY DRAW TIMES


SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 
- GRADE ON RESULT -

July 29th 2023

After a pretty dissappointing day out at the All Ireland,when by our own standards,we had a few significant issues and nothing seemed to go right on the day.

On Saturday gone,we put in a very strong performance at the Scottish Championships and gave ourselves a significant moral boost with one major to go,the big one - The World's

First on in probably the worst weather of the day, we had a great run and were very pleased with how it went on the day - finishing up back in the top three,with third place overall.

We're now looking forward to the World Championship in Glasgow on August 18/19 and hope to see you there.

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


Grade 1 (medley)

1st Field Marshal Montgomery  

2nd Inveraray & District 

3rd St. Laurence O’Toole 

4th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia 

5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia 

6th Scottish Power

Best Drumming : Inverary & District

Judges: Ross Walker, Colin Moffett (piping;) Mark Wilson (drumming); Gordon Lawrie (ensemble)


Have a listen to our medley performance below - thanks once again to Dronechorus for the great recording.


ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023
- GRADE ONE RESULT -

July 1st 2023

The Northern Ireland branch of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association put on the annual All-Ireland Pipe Band Championships on the grounds of Ballymena Academy, and ultimately it was Field Marshal Montgomery that took the title with eight out of eight firsts across the Medley and MSR events. FMM won the drumming again, continuing undefeated so far in the 2023 season. Northern Ireland’s Ravara won the Grade 2 competition.

Nearly 50 bands from all over Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland competed.

Grade 1

Medley

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,1,1)

2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,2,2)

3rd Closkelt (3,3,3,3)

Judges: Mark Faloon, J. Reville (piping); Adrian Hoy (drumming); Cameron Edgar (ensemble)

MSR

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,1,1)

2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,3,2,2)

3rd Closkelt (3,2,3,3)

Judges: Colin Moffett, William Garrett (piping); Keith Orr (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)



EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023
- GRADE ONE RESULT -

June 24th 2023

Duthie Park in Aberdeen were the host for this years European Chanmpionships - and it was MSR for the Grade One bands.

The first time a new MSR format required submitting only one set of tunes, each piece no more than four parts. 

Once again,it was a hot sunny day with temperatures up around the 25C mark.

There were ten entries for the Grade One competition and SLOT finished in fourth spot when the results from the four judges were compiled.

Grade 1 (MSR)

1 Inveraray & District (1,1,4,1)

2 Field Marshal Montgomery  (3,3,1,2)

3 Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (2,2,5,3)

4 St. Laurence O’Toole  (4,4,2,7)

5 Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (5,5,8,4)

6 Scottish Power (6,6,6,6)

Drumming: Field Marshal Montgomery

Judges:

Maurice Rhodes, Tom Brown (piping)

Brian Martin (drumming)

Terry Lee (ensemble)

Results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - here

MSR recording posted below......once again,thanks to dronechorus 


UK CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023
- GRADE ONE RESULT -

June 10th 2023

Lurgan Park in Co.Armagh was,once again, the setting for the UK Chanmpionships - held in fine sunny weather. Due to the cancellation of the British Pipe Band Championships, the usual rota of five majors was reduced to four in 2023, as the RSPBA hopes to attract a sponsor for the 2024 event and beyond. A total of 80 bands entered the 2023 UK Championships across all grades.

There were ten entries for the Grade One competition and SLOT finished in sixth spot when the results from the four judges were compiled.

Grade 1: 

1st Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia

2nd Inverary and District

3rd  Shotts a& Dykehead Caledonia

4th Field Marshal Montgomery

5th Scottish Power

6th St.Laurence O'Toole

Best Drum Corp : Field Marshal Montgomery

Judges: William Garrett, Barry Donaldson (piping); Alexander Russell (drumming); Peter Snaddon (ensemble)


Results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - here

Medley recording posted below......thanks to dronechorus for the top class recording


MID ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2023
- GRADE ONE RESULT -

June 3rd 2023

Cookstown High School in,County Tyrone, was the setting for the Mid Ulster Pipe Band Championships, the first event of the RSPBANI Branch outdoor competition season.

Grade 1:

1st Field Marshal Montgomery

2nd St Laurence O’Toole 

3rd Closkelt 

Best Drum Corp : St.Laurence O'Toole


Medley recording posted below......


LEINSTER CHAMPIONSHIP 2023
- GRADE ONE RESULT -

May 6th 2023

The Leinster Championships were held in the grounds of Newbridge House in Donabate - just a few mins from the M1 motorway and Dublin Airport.

Weather on the day was very pleasant and the Grade One result was as follows:

Grade 1

1 - St.Laurence O'Toole

2 - Closkelt

Best Drum Corps – St.Laurence O'Toole


MSR and Medley recordings are posted below......

Competition Dates for 2023

2nd February 2023
This is the list of competitions that the band will be competing in for the 2023 season.

DateCompetition NAME
20 MayLeinster ChampionshipsDonabate
3  JuneMid Ulster Championships Cookstown
10 JuneUK ChampionshipsLurgan
24 JuneEuropean Championships Aberdeen
1 JulyAll Ireland Championships Ballymena
22 JulyNorth Down ChampionshipsBangor
29 JulyScottish Championships Dumbarton
12 AugustUlster Championships Antrim
18&19 AugustWorld ChampionshipsGlasgow Green

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