Field Marshal Montgomery win the World Pipe Band Championships

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland are the 2022 World Pipe Band Champions. They saw off competition from runners-up Inveraray and District Pipe Band (who were the World Champions when the competition was last held in 2019) and ScottishPower who finished in third place. Over 40,000 spectators descended on Glasgow Green across two days for the first Worlds since 2019. They watched 146 bands and thousands of pipers and drummers compete over the two days.

Though international bands were down from previous years the nations represented in this year’s line-up included: Austria, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and the USA. For the first time, a pipe band from Argentina also competed. Glasgow, a UNESCO City of Music, first hosted the World Pipe Band Championships in 1948 and has been the host city for the event every year since 1986.

The bands march during the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, on August 13, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group).

Glasgow’s Lord Provost Jacqueline McLaren, who was Chieftain of this year’s championships, said: “I’m proud to have served as Chieftain and would like to thank the bands and spectators from all over the world who came to Glasgow. It has been wonderful to have the Worlds back at Glasgow Green and the carnival atmosphere that it brings with it. Congratulations to Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band on being crowned World Champions and to all the musicians who took part in this thrilling competition.”

The pinnacle of pipe band competition

The World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, on August 13, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group).

Kevin Reilly, Chairman of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “The return of the Worlds has been highly anticipated and nothing compares to the Worlds, both in terms of atmosphere and the high standard of performance. This is the pinnacle of pipe band competition which musicians work tirelessly towards for months, and it shows. Once again, this weekend has produced some truly memorable performances. We have had to wait three years, but the Worlds are back with a bang, and Field Marshal Montgomery are deserving winners.”

Aside from world-class pipers and drummers, the event also showcases Scottish food and drink. The Traders Village also means spectators can choose from a range of souvenirs to remember their time at this unforgettable event. The 2023 World Pipe Band Championships will be at Glasgow Green on Friday 18 August and Saturday 19 August. Glasgow is hosting the first ever UCI World Cycling Championships in the summer of 2023 and will be using many of the places usually used for the World Pipe Band Championships, so please note a change in weekend for next year.

The World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, on August 13, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group).
City of Discovery Pipe Band during the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green, on August 13, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross MacDonald / SNS Group).

The results for the 2022 World Pipe Band Championships are as follows:

Grade 1

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)

2nd Inveraray & District (Scotland)

3rd ScottishPower (Scotland)

4th St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)

5th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)

6th Simon Fraser University (Canada)

7th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)

8th Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)

9th Police Scotland & Federation (Scotland)

10th St. Thomas Alumni (USA)

11th 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)

12th Johnstone (Scotland)

13th Closkelt (Northern Ireland)

14th City of Dunedin (USA)

World Pipe Band Drumming Champions: Simon Fraser University (Canada)

Grade 2

1st Buchan Peterson (Scotland

2nd Ravara (Northern Ireland)

3rd Uddingston (Scotland)

4th Royal Burgh of Annan

5th City of Edinburgh (Scotland)

6th Manorcunningham (Ireland)

7th Peel Regional Police (Canada)

8th North Stratton (Canada)

9th Highland Granite (Scotland)

10th Kilchoman Distillery Isle of Islay (Scotland)

11th Los Angeles Scots (USA)

12th St. Mary’s, Derrytrasna (Northern Ireland)

13th Portlethen & District (Scotland)

14th St. Joseph’s (Ireland)

15th City of Discovery (Scotland)

16th Bucksburn & District (Scotland)

17th Mackenzie Caledonian (Scotland)

18th Wallacestone & District (Scotland)

19th Oban (Scotland)

Grade 3A

1st Johnstone(Scotland)

2nd Deeside Caledonia (Scotland)

3rd Matt Boyd Memorial (Northern Ireland)

4th Coalburn IOR (Scotland)

5th Tullylagan (Northern Ireland)

6th Clogher & District (Northern Ireland)

7th Vale of Atholl  (Scotland)

8th Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band Association (Scotland)             

9th The Highlanders (4 Scots) (Scotland) 

10th Stockbridge (Scotland)

Grade 3B

1st Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Scotland)

2nd Edradour Pitlochry & Blair Atholl (Scotland)

3rd Major Sinclair Memorial (Northern Ireland)

4th Augharan (Northern Ireland)

5th Methil & District (Scotland)

6th Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)

7th Glenrothes and District 2010  (Scotland)         

8th Milngavie (Scotland)

9th Tweedvale (Scotland)             

10th Ross and Cromarty Pipes and Drums School (Scotland)

Grade 4A

1st Kildoag (Northern Ireland)    

2nd Gransha (Ireland)

3rd Brisbane Boys College Pipe Band (Australia)  

4th Lower Clyde Pipes and Drums (Scotland)

5th Durham Regional Police (Canada)

6th Uddingston Strathclyde (Scotland)

7th Kintyre Schools  (Scotland)   

8th Vale of Atholl  (Scotland)

9th Cloughfin (Northern Ireland)

10th Raphoe Ulster Scots (Ireland)

Grade 4B

1st Syerla and District (Northern Ireland)

2nd Troon Boys Brigade (Scotland)

3rd Kilbarchan (Scotland)

4th Black Raven (Ireland)

5th City of Discovery (Scotland)

6th Brisbane Boys College Pipe Band (Australia)  

7th Troon Blackrock (Scotland)   

8th Irvine Memorial (Scotland)

9th Hollymount (Northern Ireland)

10th Dunoon Argyll (Scotland)

Juvenile

1st Dollar Academy (Scotland)

2nd George Watson’s College (Scotland)

3rd St. Thomas Episcopal School (USA)

4th Preston Lodge High School (Scotland)

Complete contest results can be found at: www.rspba.org/results/bands/contests/2022-world-championships

For more information on the World’s please visit: www.theworlds.co.uk

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