Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

Pipe band of gold

The Field Marshal Montgomery pipe band is to music what Manchester United has been recently to Premiership soccer. Having won its ninth world championship, the band is in a league of its own and now attracts players from the Republic, Canada and even Australia who want the honour of joining its ranks.

But all this success does not come about by accident. There are experienced musicians at the helm and everyone puts in the long hours of practice which makes perfection. Pipe bands have a big following here, but this band has put Northern Ireland on the world map and for all the right reasons. Even if the skirl of the pipes is not your musical cup of tea, you still have to salute a band without parallel.

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