Saturday, August 14, 2010
WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS
Well today was a brilliant day on Glasgow Green. Sunny, lovely temperature, a great day to play pipes.
Strathclyde Police were on just before St Lawrence O'Toole in both events. We had a few minor errors, but a good sound and some class playing. I think the band was disappointed that we did not play as well as we could have. Overall I think a credible performance and a great job by everyone in the band. A class outfit indeed! Don Bradford does a magnificent job as Pipe Major and Eric Ward's drum corps is an absolute delight to play along with. It is such an honour to play in a band with such history and tradition. 20 World Championship wins in total as both the Glasgow Police and later the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band.
St Lawrence O'Toole were sounding really good and very tight with their playing. A popular win and I think many were moved by Terry Tully collecting the prize. Well deserved!!!!
I heard Boghall and Bathgate in the tuning park and they sounded very refined with their usual magnificent drum corps. I also heard Shotts and Dykehead and thought they sounded the best I have heard them this season. Unfortunately it is impossible to hear everyone when you are playing.
Results in Grade 1 were:
1st St Lawrence O'Toole
2nd Field Marshall Montgomery
3rd Boghall and Bathgate
4th Simon Fraser University
5th Shotts and Dykehead
6th Scottish Power
7th Strathclyde Police
The performances can be heard here at the BBC.
Congratulations to all of the winning bands. A great day indeed!