Inveraray and District Pipe Band have been named the World Pipe Band Champions for 2017. They fought off stiff competition from Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band who finished second and St Laurence O’Toole from Dublin who were third. This was the 70th anniversary of the World Pipe Band Championships which Glasgow has hosted for more than 30 years continuously.
219 Pipe Bands brought around 8000 pipers and drummers to Glasgow Green to compete at the World Pipe Band Championships. Approaching 35,000 people attended the event over 2 days.
Bands from 15 nations including USA, Canada, Northern Ireland, France, England, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Austria, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Denmark, Argentina and Scotland will be at Glasgow Green took part.
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 2017 said: “My heartiest congratulations to everyone who competed at the World Pipe Band Championships. As a former pipe-band member I know exactly how much work goes into producing such magnificent performances. Next year will mark 70 years since the Worlds were first held in Glasgow and we are already looking forward to another fantastic occasion.”
Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association said: “We have enjoyed two outstanding days of musical performances of extraordinary quality. It’s been a competition full of drama, excitement and above all some brilliant playing from the best bands in the world who continue to set new standards. It has been an unforgettable occasion for everyone who joined us.
Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “Congratulations to Inveraray and District on being crowned this year’s World Pipe Band Champions. It has been a fantastic competition and wonderful way to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the World’s during Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
“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.
This year, the Worlds, as they are affectionately known, are part of the celebrations for Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. The World Pipe Band Championships are being supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.