Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland have been named the World Pipe Band Champions for 2018. They fought off stiff competition from Inveraray and District who finished second and St Laurence O’Toole who were third. 214 Pipe Bands brought around 8000 pipers and drummers to Glasgow Green to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships. Over 30,000 people attended the event over 2 days.
Bands from 13 nations including. New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, France, Canada, Oman, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Eire, USA, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland took part.
Up to 40% of the competitors this year were under the age of 25. The World Pipe Band Championships is part of the Partner Programme for the Year of Young People 2018. The Year of Young People 2018 provides a platform to promote and celebrate the talents, achievements and contributions of Scotland’s incredible young people.
The first ever World Pipe Band Championships were held at Murrayfield in Edinburgh in 1947. The event was first held in Glasgow in 1948 and has been staged in the city continuously since 1986.
Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, who was Chieftain of the World Pipe Band Championships 2018 said: “My heartiest congratulations to everyone who competed at the World Pipe Band Championships. Glasgow is always delighted to welcome so many bands and their supporters and we remain proud to be the host city for The Worlds. It has been a wonderful occasion that is as memorable for the extraordinary musicianship as it is for the incredible sight of 8000 competitors on Glasgow Green.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “The World Pipe Band Championships has always had the capacity to bring the very best out of the hugely talented pipers and drummers that work so hard in their bands to be the best. This year, we have been treated to a wonderful example of how compelling and dramatic this competition is, even though it is always contested in the best possible spirit. As always, the pursuit of perfection has been a joy to watch and to listen to.”
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Congratulations to Field Marshal Montgomery on being crowned the 2018 World Pipe Band Champions. Once again it was a fantastic competition as the world’s best pipe bands battled it out to be crowned champion. I was particularly delighted to see so many families in attendance and young people taking part as we celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.
“Scotland is the perfect stage for events and as a long-standing supporter of the Worlds, EventScotland looks forward to welcoming spectators and performers back to Glasgow next year for another exciting year of the Championships.”
As well as the best Pipe Bands in the world, the event also hosts Highland Games, Highland Dancing and a great showcase of Scottish food and drink.
The World Pipe Band Championships are supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.