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Delight for drummers and Novice at Dumbarton!


Saturday 27th July saw both bands return to the glorious Levengrove Park in Dumbarton for the Scottish Championships. With the major championship being moved from mid-May, it was great to have a relatively sunny and warm championship, particularly given some of the atrocious weather conditions we have battled here in previous years.

With the Novice band having won the first major championship of the season, before being narrowly beaten at Forres by local rivals, George Watson’s College, the band were very keen to build on their strong start to the season. An excellent week of preparation (including competing at the Melrose Highland Games in both Novice and the G3 MSR) had given the band high hopes that they could compete for another major title in their impressive first season under P/M Ali Scougall. Competing 19th out of a very large grade (21 bands in total), they did not disappoint, producing arguably their best run of the season to date and were delighted to be crowned Scottish Champions. The drum corps also produced their best performance yet and it was fantastic to see them lift their first major title in recent years - well done to all the kids and to their drumming tutors, Tom Brown, Alan Irvine and Amanda Cook.

The G1 band were similarly keen to improve on their result at Forres having finished 3rd after a strong 2nd place at the first championship of the season. The band competed 9th out of 15 in the MSR contest and drew their number 2 MSR for the second time this year playing Brigadier General Ronald Cheape of Tiroran, Dora MacLeod and The Smith of Chilliechassie. After a very strong run from all sections of the band, we were delighted to finish in 2nd place behind Field Marshal Montgomery and to see our drummers lifting the Scottish title. Well done to all involved and particularly to our drum section leaders, L/D Gordon Brown and bass section leader Stevie McQuillan and finally to our newest G1 drummers for winning their first championship drumming title.

As has become the norm, there were some fantastic recordings of the G1 contest online within hours - thanks again to all those who record the band and particularly to “dronechorus” for the recording below.


Both bands are now well placed in the Champion of Champions tables, with the Novice band leading their grade and the G1 band, G1 drum corps and Novice drum corps all in close 2nd places. Both bands will now look to carry this momentum into the next part of the season, starting with the Lothian and Borders Branch Championships at North Berwick a week on Saturday before heading to Glasgow for the World Championships on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August. Hope to see some of you there.

Posted by Andrew Ray on 08/01 at 10:01 PM in

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