Category Archives: Pipe Band

Always Argyll – a Liddell goes a long way

The Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championship trophy is now ensconced by the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Argyll. Inveraray & District Pipe Band's short rise – indeed,

The Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championship trophy is now ensconced by the beautiful shores of Loch Fyne, Argyll. Inveraray & District Pipe Band's short rise – indeed, Ascension – is utterly astonishing and a testament to the loyalty and affection shown to Pipe Major Stuart Liddell from his players.

Stuart has lived in Inveraray since the early 1980s and prior to resurrecting the local pipe band (which last played in the 1930s), played with ScottishPower and Simon Fraser University. He has also established a formidable – to say the least – record on the solo piping circuit. In 2003 he began tutoring the children of the local primary school. After a couple of years, the local band was re-established and registered with the RSPBA. The band's first competition was at the Cowal Gathering in 2005. They borrowed drums and played in their own kilts.

The breathtaking rise through the grades to Grade 1 has now culminated in the ultimate pipe band accolade. No wonder the crowd’s response was so fulsome. Stuart’s reaction was not to charge around like a lunatic – something we have wearily become accustomed to from pipe band people performing for the cameras. No. As humble as ever, he simply bowed and wept.

What a journey. A gong is surely around the corner for this gentleman.

Here is the band exiting the Green:

• The full band summaries can be found HERE.

Inveraray marches from the field with the Grade 1 trophy.

Scottish Pipe Band Championships, Levengrove Park, Dumbarton, July 29 – Inveraray & District Pipe Band yesterday took the penultimate pipe band championship before the 'Words'. Fourteen bands competed in Grade 1, with Stuart Liddell's band securing its third major out of four. The band had two first in the piping.

If there was a 'most improved' prize, it would surely have gone to the Vale of Atholl. The Perthshire based band, playing a new brand of chanter reeds, sounded very good indeed despite being placed eighth.

In a very enjoyable Grade 2 contest, the band to watch all season, Lomond & Clyde, took its third championship of the year.

The day itself was wet and windy for most of the day.


Grade 1 – 1. Inveraray and District; 2. Field Marshal Montgomery; 3. St Laurence O’Toole; 4. Scottish Power; 5. Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia; 6. Police Scotland Fife.
Judges: Gordon Lawrie and Ken Eller (piping), Gordon Parkes (drumming) and Nat Russell (ensemble).

The City of London Pipe Band celebrates after placing in a major in its first season.

Grade 2 – 1. Lomond and Clyde; 2. The Glasgow Skye Association; 3. Closkelt; 4. MacKenzie Caledonian; 5. City of London; 6. Grampian Police Scotland.
Judges: Robert Shaw and William Garrett (piping), Jim Baxter (drumming) and Peter Snaddon (ensemble).

Grade 3A – 1. Deeside Caledonia; 2. City of Inverness; 3. Wallacestone and District; 4. 2622 (Highland) Squadron R.A.F; 5. Vale of Atholl; 6. Kintyre Schools.
Judges: Thomas Brown and Jim Semple (piping), Alexander Russell (drumming) and David Brown (ensemble).

Grade 3B – 1. Royal Burgh of Annan; 2. Quinn Memorial; 3. Ayr Pipe Band Society; 4. Bothwell Castle; 5. Pipes and Drums Scots Guards Association (South); 6. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (ensemble preference).
Judges: Alvis Kerr and George Wilson (piping), Alex Dudgeon (drumming) and Gordon Craig (ensemble).

Dollar Academy took the Juvenile grade.

Juvenile – 1. Dollar Academy; 2. George Watson's College (ensemble preference); 3. North Lanarkshire Schools; 4. Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia; 5. George Heriot's School; 6. West Lothian Schools.
Judges: Gordon Lawrie and Ken Eller (piping), Gordon Parkes (drumming) and Nat Russell (ensemble preference).

Grade 4A – 1. 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland; 2. The Scots School Albury; 3. Tullylagan; 4. Bowhill and District; 5. Johnstone; 6. Lochryan (ensemble preference).
Judges: Judges: Thomas Brown and Jim Semple (piping), Alexander Russell (drumming) and David Brown (ensemble).

Grade 4B – 1. Kilmarnock; 2. Kelty and Blairadam; 3. Bessbrook Crimson Arrow Pipe Band; 4. Elgin and District (ensemble preference); 5. Davidson’s Mains and District; 6. Stow Borders.
Judges: Jim Wark and John McCarlie (piping), Joe Noble (drumming) and Cameron Edgar (ensemble).

Novice Juvenile A – 1. Oban High School (ensemble preference); 2. George Watson's College; 3. Dollar Academy; 4. Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School; 5. Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia; 6. George Heriot's School.
Judges: Jim Wark and John McCarlie (piping), Joe Noble (drumming) and Cameron Edgar (ensemble).

Novice Juvenile B – 1. Oban High School; 2. North Lanarkshire Schools; 3. Bucksburn and District; 4. Mackenzie Caledonian; 5. Kintyre Schools; 6. Preston Lodge High School Pipe Band.
Judges: Jim Wark and John McCarlie (piping), Joe Noble (drumming) and Cameron Edgar (ensemble).



forres2The RSPBA closes entries for the 2015 European Pipe Band Championships, Piping at Forres, on Wednesday, 13th May.

Tickets to Piping At Forres 2015, the European Pipe Band Championships for 2015, to be held on 27 June 2015 in Grant Park, Forres, Moray  are now available. Tickets purchased in advance offer a discount on the ticket prices on the day.

To buy tickets online click here

gourock logoOn Sunday 10th May 2015, Gourock Park starts off the Highland Games season with a bang as hundreds of drummers, pipers, heavies and highland dancers from across the country come together to compete in the Gourock Highland Games.

An important date in the Scottish calendar, it’s the first games after the winter and a chance to celebrate sports, music and dancing outdoors against the scenic backdrop of the firth of Clyde and Argyll hills beyond.

The event is supported by EventScotland and forms part of Scotland’s Year of Food & Drink celebrations. There will be a food & drink marquee filled with Scottish producers selling everything from tablet to chilli sauce!

Inverclyde Council has announced that the Chieftain for this year’s Gourock Highland Games will be long term campaigner for the elderly, Nell McFadden MBE from Gourock.

Nell has been campaigning for and supporting Inverclyde’s elderly residents for over twenty years and her accomplishments have been recognised nationally on numerous occasions; she was awarded a MBE, has visited 10 Downing Street and attended the Queen’s Garden Party.

She is Chair of the Inverclyde Elderly Forum and was the founding member, now honorary president, of Inverclyde’s Your Voice, an organisation which aims to empower local people to influence the planning, development and provision of local services, specifically focusing on underrepresented groups who face discrimination and social exclusion.

Provost Robert Moran said: “The position of Chieftain of the Gourock Highland Games is a fantastic way of recognising the achievements of an Inverclyde resident and Nell has achievements in abundance. Nell has worked tirelessly for a great many years ensuring the elderly are looked after, treated with respect and I am thrilled that we are able to recognise and celebrate all she has done.”

Speaking on her appointment as Chieftain, Nell said: “I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity. I never expected to be recognised in this way so I was very surprised when I was asked, but I am extremely honoured and very much looking forward to what I am sure will be a great day.”

The draw for Gourock can be found here

wpbclogoThe World Pipe Band Championships returns to Glasgow Green on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August 2015. The Worlds 2014 was watched by some 30,000 on Glasgow Green, and thousands more around the globe followed the action online.

Tickets for the World Pipe Band Championships 2015 are on sale now.

Get your tickets here



BATHGATE 2015 – The British Pipe Band Championships featuring all the top pipers and drummers from throughout the UK and beyond – Plus: The annual West Lothian Highland Games sponsored by Calor Scotland featuring: highland dancing, heavy events – including tossing the caber, the popular Veteran’s Hill Race & children’s entertainment; takes place on Saturday the 30th May at a NEW, BIGGER, BETTER VENUE: Balbardie Park of Peace/Bathgate Sports Centre.

British Championship Draw

rspba-logoDundee Perth and Angus Mini Bands and Open Trio Piping, Saturday 18th April 2015, Craigie High School, Garnet Terrace, Dundee, DD4 7QD. Closing Date for Entries Friday 3rd April 2015.


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