08.18 2003 Piping World Chamions

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No one in the world will ever forget the first time they heard the sound of bagpipes. I was just a young boy when our family went to Canada for the first time. We were waiting at the Ferry Terminal to take the ferry over to Vancouver Island, when an older gentleman in full reglia walked up to the front of the que got out his pipes, stood at attention and started to play. It's an experience I've never forgotten!

Each year pipers from all over the world gather to compete, and decide how is the best in the world.

The House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band of Scotland are the 2003 World Pipe Band Champions August 16, 2003, Glasgow Green. Field Marshal Montgomery of Ulster finished second on an MSR preference over Simon Fraser University of Canada, who was third.

Other results are posted below.

Grade 1 1st House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland) 2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (Ulster) (MSR preference) 3rd Simon Fraser University (Canada) 4th Strathclyde Police (Scotland) 5th 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada) (MSR preference) 6th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland) Drumming: HOE-Shotts (MSR preference); 2nd SFU

Medley judges: Piping: Iain Roddick (Scotland), J. Campbell (Scotland); Drumming: W. Goodall (Scotland); Ensemble: Allan Ronaldson (Scotland)

MSR judges: Piping: Dixie Ingram (Scotland), George Shepherd (Scotland); Drumming: Jim Hutton (Scotland); Ensemble: Jim Baxter (Scotland)

None of the six bands that qualified earlier in the day made the prize list. The six bands that qualified for the final after an MSR competition were:

1st St. Laurence O'Toole (Eire) 2nd Dysart & Dundonald (Scotland) 3rd David Urquhart Travel (Scotland) 4th Toronto Police (Canada) 5th Ballycoan (Ulster) 6th Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)

The rest of the qualifier result was:

7th Western Australia Police (Australia) 8th Alberta Caledonia (Canada) 9th Ravara (Ulster) 10th Lothian & Borders Police (Scotland) 11th Peel Regional Police (Canada) 12th LA Scots (USA) 13th MacTarnahan's Prince Charles (USA) 14th City of Washington (USA) 15 Glasgow Skye Association (Scotland) 16th Bucksburn & District (Scotland) 17th Grampian Police (Scotland) Drumming: Ballycoan

The qualifier event was judged by Piping: Nat Russell (Australia), David Clark (Scotland); Drumming: W. Dunlop (Scotland); Ensemble: C. Mordaunt (Eire)

The pre-qualified bands not in the prize list were ScottishPower (Scotland) and Vale of Atholl SScotland).

Clan Gregor of Scotland won the Grade 2 contest, which saw more than 30 bands vie for the title in a contest run straight through.

Grade 2 1st Clan Gregor (Scotland) (ensemble preference) 2nd Bleary (Ulster) 3rd Windsor Police (Canada) 4th ASCO Buchan (Scotland) 5th Ballinderry Bridge (Ulster) 6th Niagara Police (Canada) Drumming: Clan Gregor

Judges: Piping: Ed Neigh (Canada), John Wilson (Scotland); Drumming: J. Geddis (Scotland); Ensemble: Bob Shepherd (Scotland)

Grade 3A 1st Killadeas (Ulster) 2nd Syerla (Ulster) 3rd Lanarkshire (Scotland) 4th Lochgelly High School (Scotland) 5th Finvoy (Ulster) 6th Holbaek (Denmark) Drumming: Killadeas

Judges: Piping: Bob Worrall (Canada), Denver Cardwell (Ulster); Drumming: Iain Mathieson (Ulster); Ensemble: John Kennedy (Scotland)

Grade 3B 1st Prince Charles (USA) 2nd Bready (Ulster) 3rd Quinn Memorial (Ulster) 4th Black Raven (Ulster) 5th Fort Collins (USA) 6th Altnaveigh Memorial Drumming: Prince Charles

Judges: Piping: Matt McConnell (Scotland), Harry McNulty (Scotland); Drumming: Joe Noble (Scotland); Ensemble: Wilson Young (Scotland)

Juvenile 1st Robert Malcolm Memorial (Canada) 2nd George Watson's College (Scotland) 3rd Sir James MacDonald (USA) 4th Dunoon Grammar School (Scotland) 5th Craigmount High School (Scotland) Drumming: George Watson's

Judges: as for Grade 1 qualifier

Grade 4A 1st Williamwood (Scotland) 2nd 7 Towers (Ulster) 3rd Marlacoo (Ulster) 4th Auchintober (Scotland) 5th Bo'ness Royal British Legion (Scotland) 6th Saint Patrick's Bandon (Eire) Drumming: Castlerock

Judges: Piping: Malcolm MacKenzie (Scotland), Iain Wood (Scotland); Drumming: Alistair Dowling (Scotland); Ensemble: J. MacInnes (Scotland)

Grade 4B 1st Old Meldrum Royal British Legion (Scotland) 2nd Queen Elizabeth 3rd Kilsyth (Scotland) 4th 8 Wing (Canada) 5th Newmains (Scotland) 6th Cullybackey (Ulster) Drumming: 8 Wing

Judges: Piping: Harry Stevenson (Ulster), Trevor Dear (Scotland); Drumming: Gordon Reid (Scotland); Ensemble: Alistair Aitken (Scotland)

Novice Juvenile 1st Kintyre Schools (Scotland) 2nd Bucksburn & District (Scotland) 3rd George Watson's College (Scotland) 4th Monkstown Mossley (Ulster) 5th Glasgow Schools (Scotland) 6th Inverclyde (Scotland) Drumming: George Watson's