Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia has been named the World Pipe Band Champions for 2015. They fought off stiff competition from St Laurence O’Toole who finished second and Inverary and District who were third. Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia are the first World Champions from Scotland since 2005.
A total of 230 Pipe Bands brought around 8000 pipers and drummers to Glasgow Green to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships. Organisers say around 40,000 people attended the event over 2 days.
In total 16 nations were represented at The Worlds as they are affectionately known including bands from Austria and Malaysia for the first time. Bands from Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Canada, England, Oman, USA, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, South Africa, Belgium, the Netherlands and Scotland took part.
The World Pipe Band Championships are a unique celebration of Scottish culture featuring outstanding musicians who have practised for years to reach the pinnacle of Pipe Band competition. The event has been associated with Glasgow for well over 60 years. As well as the opportunity to enjoy world class performances the World Pipe Band Championships hosted Highland Dancing competitions, a Highland Games, a childrens area, food village and traders.
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA said: “ It is always hard to imagine just how much better the bands and the event can get but this year’s World Pipe Band Championships have been outstanding. Everyone who joined us at Glasgow Green has enjoyed performances from some of the most talented pipers and drummers in the world. The World’s will be back in Glasgow in August 2016 and we are already looking forward to welcoming bands from all over the world back to compete.”
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “The World Pipe Band Championships have become firmly established in Glasgow’s Cultural events calendar and this year has shown once again the incredible talent of the musicians taking part. We look forward to hosting these world championships each year and to showing everyone who comes to Glasgow to take part or attend why the city has such a well-deserved global reputation for hosting events.”
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “The 2015 World Pipe Band Championships have been a massive success for the city of Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, providing many inspiring performances from some of the world’s most talented musicians. This event is an important showcase of Scottish culture and heritage and we look forward to welcoming spectators and performers from all over the world back to Glasgow in 2016.”