Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

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

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.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Sagittarius:

Working in isolation doesn't suit you. You're a social creature who gets your best ideas when collaborating with others. Unfortunately, that's not possible right now. Resign yourself to this difficult situation. If you do a good job, you'll pave the way for bigger and better assignments. Part of the problem is you lack experience. The only way to get the training you need is to do some volunteer work. Making a temporary sacrifice will eventually pay off. Be patient.More