Our thanks to Ronnie
Simpson of the All Celtic Music Store for sending us in there results.
The ‘Super Bowl’ of World
Pipe Banding took place on Glasgow Green in, yes, Glasgow, Scotland on
Saturday 12th August. Reports suggest around 200 pipe bands took part in
competition over 6 grades, from Grade 1 down to Novice Juvenile, that
tallies up to in excess of 3,000 players added to the 50,000 audience.
Pipe bands pay all of their
own costs of travel, accommodation and each players living costs and
travel from the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, over
Europe, from Ireland and Scotland (and there are no cash prizes!). Much as
you might expect it the top bands NO LONGER necessarily come from
Scotland. Let’s see how 2006 shaped up.
1) Field Marshal Montgomery (Ulster)
2) Simon Fraser University (Canada)
3) House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)
4) Strathclyde Police (Scotland)
5) Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
6) 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
1) Robert Malcolm Memorial (Canada)
2) Tayside Police (Scotland)
3) The Band Club (Australia)
4) Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
5) Cullybacky (Ulster)
6) Bagad Cap Caval (France)
1) Kintyre Schools (Scotland)
2) Methil & District (Scotland)
3) George Watson’s College (Scotland)
4) Robert Wiseman’s Dairies Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
5) Johnstone (Scotland)
6) Inveraray (Scotland)
There are two groups in Grades 3 & 4 simply because of the number
of entries. Remember these 200 + bands have ALL got to be heard and judged
in one day. There are 6 places to be won in each group - winning,
trophies, pennants or shields. Scottish bands only won 3 of the six
groups, Ulster won 3, Canada won 1 & USA won 1.
The competition takes place on the second Saturday of August every year.
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