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Saturday 28 November 2015

Lisburn's Field Marshall Montgomery bid to retain World Pipe Band Championship title

Published 12/08/2014

Field Marshall Montgomery as they were named ‘World Champions’ for the third year in a row in 2013, making them the most successful pipe band of all time.
Field Marshall Montgomery as they were named ‘World Champions’ for the third year in a row in 2013, making them the most successful pipe band of all time.
Glasgow International Piping Festival organisers (left-right) Glenn Brown (Canada), Alisdair McLaren (New Zealand), Gus Sicard (Brittany), Margaret Dunn (Ireland), Claire Lynas (USA) and John Mulhearn (Scotland) all representing their home countries as they prepare to welcome 50,000 visitors and 8000 musicians from 26 countries to Glasgow for the festival, which runs from 11-17 August.

Lisburn's Field Marshall Montgomery - the current World Pipe Band Champions - are hoping for another show-stealing success at the world’s biggest ever week of piping and traditional music.

Piping Live is taking place in Glasgow this week, where the Northern Irish band will bid to retain their title for the fourth year in a row.

Over 50,000 spectators, many from Northern Ireland, are expected to travel to Glasgow to watch Field Marshall Montgomery at The World Pipe Band Championships, as well as a host of other events during the week long programme of performances.

Field Marshall Montgomery will join 31 other pipe bands from Northern Ireland - and over 200 in total from 11 countries.

Pipe Major Richard Parkes said: "The World Pipe Band Championships is a big event, and it keeps getting bigger every year. To win three times in a row as we did last year was exceptional, and to be going over to defend our title for a fourth time is going to be an unbelievable experience for us."

He described what makes Field Marshal Montgomery world champions: "If you compare it to the best football teams, basically you have to have a really good group of players, who play well together under a good leader.

"Our sound is unique to us and that is what we believe sets us apart."

Daily highlights of the event include Pipe Idol, Pipe Band Parades, where international bands show off their repertoire throughout the streets of Glasgow and Music of the Clans, where Ulster Scots with surnames such as MacLean, Murray and Campbell can  listen to music of their ancestors.

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