How they did it

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

MORE than 40,000 peo­ple turned out to watch 219 bands from North­ern Ire­land, Repub­lic of Ire­land, Canada, Eng­land, USA, New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Den­mark, Switzer­land, Ar­gentina, the Nether­lands and Scot­land. The bands brought more than 8,000 pipers and drum­mers to com­pete for the ti­tle of World Cham­pi­ons in their re­spec­tive grade.

In the premier grade one event, it took Fri­day and Satur­day, two MSR per­for­mances, two med­ley per­for­mances and 16 ad­ju­di­ca­tors to crown In­ver­aray and Dis­trict the 2017 world cham­pi­ons. The band re­ceived 12 first places, tak­ing a clean sweep in the Fri­day qual­i­fier. Un­der lead­ing drum­mer Steven McWhirter, they also won the over­all drum­ming, plac­ing first in the MSR and sec­ond in the med­ley events.

Field Mar­shal Mont­gomery from North­ern Ire­land; St Lau­rence O’Toole, Eire; Scot­tish Power; Si­mon Fraser Uni­ver­sity of Canada; and Shotts and Dyke­head Cale­do­nia com­pleted the grade one prize list.

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In­ver­aray band mem­bers march­ing with the tro­phy – car­ried by Stu­art Lid­dell’s sis­ter Marie – the day after win­ning the world ti­tle.

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