Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band is on top of the piping and drumming world once again.
The Lisburn-based band made it three-in-a-row as they defended their grade one world championship title in Glasgow yesterday afternoon and collected the champion drum corps prize.
Speaking after the prizes were announced, pipe major Richard Parkes said: “Things went very well for us today. I am so pleased the band has won the drumming today and the overall title – it is unbelievable.”
Two other world championship titles came to Northern Ireland with wins for drum majors Zoe McDowell (Aughintober) and Jason Price (Marlacoo & District) in the junior and juvenile grades respectively, while Syerla & District’s drum corps was champions in grade 3b.
Also competing on Sunday were grades 3a and 4b. Annsborough, Ballybriest and Killeen were placed third, fourth and fifth respectively in 3a which was won by Coalburn IOR, along with the drumming.
West Coast Highlanders won grade 4b and the drumming prize although there were prizes for St Patrick’s Bandon and Letterkenny and District, Co Donegal.
On Saturday, Bleary & District secured sixth place in grade 2 with Buchan Petersen taking the title and Lomond & Clyde winning the drumming.
In grade 3b Tullylagan and Syerla & District were placed third and fourth respectively behind winners New Ross & District, Co Wexford. Syerla also collected the prize for 3b world champion drum corps. Thiepval Memorial were fifth.
Grade 1: 1, Field Marshal Montgomery, also best drums, best MSR, best Medley, best drums Medley; 2, Boghall & Bathgate, also best drums MSR; 3, Scottish Power; 4, Simon Fraser University; 5, St Laurence O’Toole; 6, Inveraray & District.
Grade 2: 1, Buchan Peterson; 2, Lomond & Clyde, also best drums; 3, New York Metro; 4, Glasgow Skye Association; 5, St Thomas Alumni - USA; 6, Bleary & District.
Grade 3a: 1, Coalburn IOR, also best drums; 2, City of Edinburgh; 3, Annsborough; 4, Ballybriest; 5, Killeen; 6, RAF Waddington/Halton.
Grade 3b: 1, New Ross & District; 2, Vale of Atholl; 3, Tullylagan; 4, Syerla & District, also best drums; 5, Thiepval Memorial; 6, Toronto Police.
Grade 4a: 1, St Colmcille’s Tullamore; 2, Newtongrange; also best drums; 3, University of Bedfordshire; 4, Catamount – USA; 5, Tralee Pipes & Drums; 6, Glengarry – Canada.
Grade 4b: 1, West Coast Highlanders, also best drums; 2, 6th/8th Dundee BB; 3, St Patrick’s Bandon; 3, Letterkenny & District; 4, City of Newcastle; 6, Vale of Clyde.
Adult: 1, Jason Paguio (Simon Fraser University); 2, Alicia Dickson (Matt Boyd Memorial); 3, Paula Braiden (Cullybackey); 4, Samantha Gordon (Field Marshal Montgomery); 5, Brian Wilson (Lomond & Clyde); 6, David Brownlee (Derryclavin).
Juvenile: 1, Jason Price (Marlacoo) 2, Lauren Abraham (Seven Towers); 3, Guarav Parti (LA Scots); 4, Gemma McDowell (Tullylagan); 5, Lauren Hanna (Drumlough); 6, Joanne Graham (Wm Kerr Memorial).
Junior: 1, Zoe McDowell (Aughintober); 2, Emma Barr (Ravara); 3, Caitlin Graham (Upper Crossgare); 4, Kathryn McKeown (Battlehill); 5, Gibb Fraser (Upper Nithsdale); 6, Jason Nicholl (Tullylagan).