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Drum Majors show they're the best of British 

Pipe Bands by Mervyn McConnell

OUR Drum Majors gave a brilliant display at the British Championships last Saturday in Tain, Scotland and succeeded in winning two British titles.

Ian Young from Ravara Pipe band won the senior grade and Ryan Ferry from Aughintober took the Juvenile title.

In the pipe band competition Field Marshal Montgomery had to be content with runner up place in Grade 1 when Shotts & Dykehead won the title, taking two seconds in piping and a first in drumming and ensemble.

Strathclyde Police were third with St. Laurence O'Toole taking the fourth spot.

The only other Ulster band to take a trophy was Dr. Wright Memorial who came third in Grade 4B which was the largest grade in the competition with 18 entries. will be holding a daylong bass section workshop on Monday 8th August at Glasgow Caledonian University in Glasgow city centre.

The event. known as `Back toBASSics', will be sponsored by McCallum Bagpipes of Kilmarnock and will be the largest dedicated workshop for bass and tenor drummers ever to be held in Scotland.

Further information about this unique event can be found on

St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band will be appearing in concert on Wednesday 10th August in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Entitled The Dawning of the Day, the band, under Pipe Major Terry Tully, has the reputation of being one of the finest concert bands in the South of Ireland and indeed further afield.

For ticket information please con-tact the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow.

There will be an afternoon and evening of the best in Scottish dance and music on Wednesday 10th August in the Memorial Hall, 13 Society Street, Londonderry, as part of the Maiden City Festival to be staged in the town from the 6th to the 13th August.

The dance competition will bring dancers from Ulster, Scotland and further afield to compete at the Maiden City Highland Dance competition.

Then, from 8pm, there will be a marvellous night of entertainment to complete the day of Scottish music, song and dance with a special popular Highland Fling.

Bready Ulster-Scots Pipe band will again provide the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums along with the highly acclaimed Sollus Highland Lassies plus the Herbie McFarland Fold 4.

Other guests include John and Trevor (The Rab C Nesbitts) as never seen before plus Dancing Fingers, a duo of piper Robert Watt and musician Emma Culbert.

Contact the Maiden City Festival office from l0am-lpm and 2pm-4pm on 7134 9250 for up to date information on all the events.

The classes of Belvoir Drum Majors for the incoming months will commence on Saturday 17th September and run through until Saturday 3rd December.

The 10th December class will be their Christmas celebration party and a visit from Santa has been promised.

All classes run from 2 to 4 pm. Further information can be obtained from Class secretary Ronnie Davidson on 90 298837 or mobile 077 34151494.

Well known composer Derek Boyce from Killeen Pipe band has had the privilege of been asked to submit six of his tunes for a new music publication, which is on sale now.

The music book is the brainchild of Heather Wiens from Winnipeg and all proceeds will go towards the Heart Chest and Stroke Association funds.

Heather met Derek some time ago when he won the award for his Princess Diana tune and the two have kept in touch since. Heather suffered a stroke some years ago and she wanted to do something to boast funds for the vital work done by the Heart Chest and Stroke Association - hence this music book.

There is a foreword by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE and tunes have been included from well known composers such as Bruce Gandy, Ann Gray, George Johnston, Bob Wirral and many more. Certainly a music book well worth buying. Derek can be contacted on 078416 47156.

Results of British Championships
  • Grade 4B - 1st University of Strathclyde. 2nd Pitiochry & Blair Atholl. 3rd Dr. Wright Memorial. 4th Clydebank (also best drums). 5th Kirkcaldy & District. 6th Bodenoch & Strathspey.
  • Grade 4A - 1st Wallacestone & District. (also best drums). 2nd Kirkwall City. 3rd Cumnock 4th Nairn. 5th Rothesay. 6th Milngavie.
  • Grade 3B - 1st Royal Burgh of Annan. 2nd.Williamwood. 3rd Linlithgow. 4th Dunoon Argyll. 5th Culter. 6th Bo'ness RBLS
  • Grade 3A - 1st Coalburn (also best drums). 2nd Strathclyde Fire Brigade. 3rd City of Glasgow. 4th Prince Charles. 5th Denny & Dunipace. 6th MacKenzie Caledonia.
  • Grade 2 - 1st Torphichen & Bathgate. 2nd. Drambuie Kirkliston. 3rd 52nd Lowland Regiment. 4th Bucksburn & District. 5th Royal Burgh of Stirling. 6th Tayside Police. Best Drums Dumbarton & District.
  • Grade 1 - 1st House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead (also best drums). 2nd Field Marshal Montgomery. 3rd Strathclyde Police. 4th St. Laurence O'Toole. 5th Scottish Power. 6th Clan Gregor Society
  • Senior Drum Majors - 1st Ian Young. 2nd John Noble. 3rd Paula Braiden. 4th Brian Wilson. 5th Kevin MacHeffner.
  • Juvenile - 1st Ryan Ferry. 2nd Alan Morton. 3rd Jemma Clydesdale. Junior. 1stAndrew Symon. 2nd Iona Burns. 3rd Linzi Hamilton. 4th Liam Renton. 5th Caroline Clydesdale.

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