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The 2014 World Pipe Band Championships have already flown by, and this year’s event was as big as or even better than ever. The RSPBA and Glasgow Life do an impeccable job of running the extravaganza, which runs, if not like clockwork, at least as well as the Giant Wheel that looms over Glasgow Green.
We couldn’t be everywhere, of course, but we bring you some of our better photos from the two days. We’ll run our photo feature over two parts.
We hope that you enjoy revisiting some sights from the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.
Vale of Atholl tuning up on the Friday.
The City of Brechin Pipe Band solo piping and drumming competition will be held on 20 September 2014
Venue: Brechin High School.
Entry form can be found at the web link below.
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Exclusive to readers of pipes|drums Magazine, we bring you the latest installment in Dr. William Donaldson’s 2014 Set Tunes Series, an analysis of the piobaireachds set for this year’s major solo piing competitions.
Simply click on the first page below to go to the full tune and MP3 audio file, and the complete archive of the more than 140 piobaireachds in the series.
Click to go to Set Tunes Series
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The fourth day of the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival came with sun, clouds, wind, drizzle and a 15-minute torrential downpour that turned the Buchanan Street pedestrian walk into a cascading river.
With the qualifying round of the Grade 1 contest on the Friday, the Thursday seemed like the Friday, the Northern Ireland and Ireland bands arriving and circulating around. Field Marshal Montgomery timed their outdoor practice perfectly in terms of missing the rain, and large crowds gathered to see them do their FMM thing at Kelvingrove Park.
Calum Ian Brown competing in the final of Pipe Idol.
The final qualifying round of Pipe Idol saw James Dyson of Nova Scotia make the final, held later in the day in the auditorium of the National Piping Centre. Dyson joined other qualifiers Calum Ian Brown, Ben Murray and Calum Watson, and it was Brown who was named 2014 Pipe Idol winner, taking home a bunch of prizes, including a set of Fred Morrison Reelpipes.
The pipes|drums “Little Supper” was scarfed up quickly by hungry festival-goers, who munched and swilled to the sound of the Grade 2 Portland Metro Pipe Band, practicing/performing in the usual spot outside the NPC.
The day wrapped with a great performance by Calum MacCrimmon’s band Boraraig, who split the bill with Rakish Paddy at the New Athenaeum theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
An early night for the sensible, who hit the hay comforted at least by a decent forecast for Friday . . . but the biggest day, Saturday, looking a bit darker with rain predicted for at least part of it.
Rein in the rain, and let the bands reign, we say, as pipes|drums wraps up our daily coverage of Piping Live! and now puts attention on the World Pipe Band Championships.
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Glasgow – August 15, 2014 – After a 22-band qualifying event across two contests for two heats, 12 Grade 1 bands were selected by the two judging circles to go through to the Final of the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green. Actual results of the heats were not announced, and only the 12 qualifying bands were publicized in no specific order so as not to have potential impact on judging.
78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
Canterbury Caledonian (New Zealand)
Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
Dowco-Triumph Street (Canada)
Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
Greater Glasgow Police (Scotland)
Inveraray & District (Scotland)
Peoples Ford – Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
Simon Fraser University (Canada)
St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
Adjudicators: MSR Heat 1 and Medley Heat 2: Gordon Lawrie, Harry Stevenson (piping); Gordon Craig (drumming); Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble). MSR Heat 2 and Medley Heat 1: Bob Worrall, Bill Garrett (piping); Iain MacInnes (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble).
Also competing, but not making it to the Grade 1 Final:
Bagad Cap Caval (France)
Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles (Scotland)
Los Angeles Scots (USA)
New Zealand Police
Peel Regional Police (Canada)
Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
Ravara (Northern Ireland)
Stuart Highlanders (USA)
Toronto Police (Canada)
Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
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Glasgow – August 16, 2014 – Field Marshal Montgomery were crowned 2014 World Champions following two days of competition at Glasgow Green against 22 other bands from around the globe. Contestants on the final day of competition had to deal with at times extremely difficult weather, but thankfully nothing like the situation that had been forecasted. With Grade 1 finishing before 3:30 pm, enough time was available to hold the Grade 2 final in the main arena, to the enjoyment of those on the park and the many watching the streamed broadcast via the BBC. The announcement of all final results were not complete until nearly 8 pm.
Field Marshal Montgomery celebrates at the moment of the announcement of their win of the 2014 World Pipe Band Championship.
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
2nd Inveraray & District (Scotland)
3rd St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
4th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
6th ScottishPower (Scotland)
Drumming: Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe-Major Richard Parkes with his fourth consecutive World’s trophy and tenth overall.
1st Inveraray & District (5,3,3,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,7,4)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (6,2,4,2)
4th ScottishPower (3,5,2,5)
5th Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate (4,4,5,3)
6th Shotts & Dykehead (2,6,1,8)
Judges: Robert Pollock, Cameron Edgar (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,2,1)
2nd Inveraray & Distict (3,1,6,2)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (5,3,3,3)
4th People Ford-Boghall & Bathgate (6,6,1,4)
5th Simon Fraser University (2,4,5,6)
6th Shotts & Dykehead (4,5,4,7)
Judges: Nat Russell, Jim Semple (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble). MSR
Grade 2 (12 competed in final)
1st Brieg (France)
2nd Bleary & District (Northern Ireland)
3rd Buchan Peterson (Scotland)
4th Lomond & Clyde (Scotland)
5th Mackenzie Caledonian (Scotland)
6th St. Thomas Alumni (USA)
Drumming: Buchan Peterson
Judges: Peter Snaddon, Sam Young (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)
Grade 2 winners Bagad Brieg marching off of the field.
1st Johnstone (Scotland)
2nd 101 Northumbrian Regiment R.A. (England)
3rd RAF Waddington/Halton (Scotland)
4th Royal Burgh of Stirling (Scotland)
5th Ballybriest (Northern Ireland)
6th Annsborough (Northern Ireland)
Judges: John McCarlie, Ken Eller (piping); David Brown (drumming); Tony Sloane (ensemble)
1st Thiepval Memorial
3rd Upper Crossgare
4th Matt Boyd Memorial
5th Belgian Blend
6th Wallacestone & District
Drumming: Royal Burgh of Annan
Judges: Dixie Ingram, Robert Mathieson (piping); Sandy Russell (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)
1st Dollar Academy
2nd George Watson’s College
3rd Boghall & Bathgate
4th Scotch College Melbourne (Australia)
5th Kintyre Schools
6th George Heriot’s School
Drumming: George Watson’s College
Judges: Nat Russell, Jim Semple (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Trevor Dear (ensemble)
1st 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAF
2nd Lochmaben Royal Burgh
3rd Tralee Pipes & Drums
5th 3rd Batallion The Royal Regiment of Scotland
6th Marlacoo & District
Drumming: 2622 (Highland) Squadron RAF
Judges: Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson (piping); Alex Dudgeon (drumming); Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble)
1st Burnt Island & District
2nd Methil & District
3rd Royal Burgh of Stirling
6th Irvine & District
Drumming: Burnt Island & District
Judges: James Campbell, Colin Moffett (piping); William Black (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)
1st George Watson’s College
2nd George Heriot’s School
3rd West Lothian Schools
4th Dollar Academy
5th Robert Malcolm Memorial
6th Preston Lodge High School
Drumming: George Herriot’s School
Judges: Ian Wood, Jim Wark (piping); Sandy Steele (drumming); Malcolm MacKenzie (ensemble)
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The third day of the Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival brought a bright but fairly cool day to patrons of the biggest week on the piping and drumming calendar, with crowds starting the day off with a packed turnout for the live debut of Chris Armstrong’s X-Treme drone reeds, launched officially on pipes|drums in late-July.
With the Grade 1 Qualifier moved this year the Friday, an unusual feeling for a Wednesday seemed to seep in, with a palpable wariness and somewhat tempered consumption of beer.
Glasgow Police Drummers rehearsing before the big show.
Over in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band dedicated most of the day to putting the final touches to their Ceolry show, to be staged in the evening. The band seemed loose and in great spirits, as they and guest musicians and compere John Wilson ran through the two-plus-hours program at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, promoted as always by the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band.
Watch for a full pipes|drums review of the concert.
Living piping legend Jack Lee offered up a splendid lunchtime recital at the National Piping Centre’s auditorium, and the penultimate round of Pipe Idol went to Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia member Calum Watson, who will play in the four-piper final on Thursday.
New York Metro gives the crowds a tune on Glasgow’s famed Sauchiehall Street.
Later that evening, a fine recital of tunes from World War I was delivered inside the Centre, while outside Grade 1 Dowco-Triumph Street held an open practice.
Dowco-Triumph Street at their 6 pm National Piping Centre open practice.
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Tensions are sure to rise ever higher on Thursday, but at least the forecast is good for the next three days, including Thursday evening when pipes|drums buys the first 50 a burger and a beer at our “Little Supper” at 6 pm at the Piping Centre.
Here’s a video of some highlights of what we were able to cover from Day 3 of Piping Live! Enjoy!
Euan Anderson reviews the Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band’s Ceolry concert, from the crucible of pipe band performance stages . . .
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Grade 1 – Piobaireachd
1st John MacLeod
2nd Michael Graham
Grade 3 – Piobaireachd
1st George Gordon
2nd Helge Jeppesen
Grade 1 – MSR
1st Robert Low
2nd John MacLeod
3rd Michael Graham
Grade 2 – MSR
1st George Gordon
Grade 3 – MSR
1st Helge Jeppesen