Tenth World title for Field Marshal

Field Marshal Montgomery celebrate being crowned 2014 grade one World Pipe Band Champions
Field Marshal Montgomery celebrate being crowned 2014 grade one World Pipe Band Champions
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Field Marshal Montgomery are the toast of the pipe band world once again.

The Lisburn based band won their tenth grade one World Championship title - a fourth in the last four years - in Glasgow on Saturday.

It is a magnificent achievement for Pipe Major Richard Parkes and his band.

Interviewed live on stage on Saturday, pipe major Parkes said: “It is unbelievable for the band. The competition is getting closer and closer and the standard of playing by the bands is very high.”

He added: “It is a thrill to win the title.”

Field Marshal took the grade one title five points ahead of Inveraray & District. St Laurence O’Toole, in their first year under Pipe Major Alen Tully, were placed third with Boghall & Bathgate, Shotts & Dykehead and Scottish Power completing the top six.

Field Marshal won the best Medley with Inveraray taking the honours for MSR.

The best corps of drums in grade one went to Shotts & Dykehead lead by leading drummer Jim Kilpatrick.

Field Marshal also collected the RSPBA’s grade one Champion of Champions title with the drumming prize going to St Laurence O’Toole.

Cullybackey qualified for the grade one final finishing in 12th place overall.

Northern Ireland has two World Champion drum majors in Zoe McDowell (Aughintober) and Lauren Abraham (Raffrey).

Another World Champion is Thiepval Memorial, from Co Donegal, who took the title in grade 3b and collected the Champion of Champions title for that level.

In a day of mixed weather the at times wet and windy conditions made piping and drumming difficult.

The other grades did not produce a local champion however there was plenty of silverware brought back to these shores.

The grade 2 title is on it’s way to France with Brieg and the drumming prize went to Buchan. Bleary & District were just two points behind in second place and collected the Champion of Champions title for the grade. Aughintober and the PSNI qualified for the grade 2 final placing 10th and 11th respectively.

Johnstone completed a band and drumming double in grade 3a but there were prizes for Ballybriest in fifth and Annsborough in sixth place.

Thiepval won grade 3b with the drumming going to Royal Burgh of Annan. Upper Crossgare and Matt Boyd Memorial were third and fourth respectively.

Closkelt were fourth and Marlacoo & District were sixth in Grade 4a which was won by 2622 Highland RAF.

Burntisland were the victors in grade 4b where Whitewater claimed fourth place and Ballyboley took fifth.

Northern Ireland’s drum majors were on top form winning 16 of the 18 prizes on offer including the Junior title which went to Zoe McDowell and the Juvenile grade won by Lauren Abraham. The senior grade was won by Simon Fraser University’s Jason Pagiou.

Champion of Champion drum majors are Paula Braiden, Emma Barr and Zoe McDowell.