Clean Sweep at Ulster Championships
Field Marshal Montgomery enjoyed a clean sweep of first places at the Ulster Championships on Saturday, 8th August.
The competition was held in the beautiful grounds of Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor with the Mourne Mountains providing a stunning backdrop.
The band performed twice, drawing their No. 1 MSR – Brigadier General Cheape of Tiroran, Blair Drummond and Pretty Marion – and their No. 1 “A Wee Bit out of the Ordinary” medley.
FMM has enjoyed a very successful season to date, winning 7 of the 8 contests in which they’ve competed.
“I am extremely happy with the band’s performances this year. All sections are playing better than ever and the consistency in results, especially in ensemble, is particularly pleasing,” commented Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE. “We are in great shape for the World Championships next week and I’m looking forward to putting in some excellent performances to challenge for the top spot once again.”
The band’s winning performances can be viewed below.
MSR recording credit: Craig Rogers
Medley recording credit: CrazyRed
Drum Major Emma Barr had another strong run, finishing second in the Juvenile section.
The World Pipe Band Championships takes place in Glasgow this weekend. FMM will compete at 11.30am (MSR) and 3pm (Medley) in Qualifier 2 on Friday, 14th August. The top 12 bands will return to Glasgow Green on Saturday, 15th August for the Grade 1 Worlds’ final.
The band will be practicing at Kelvingrove Park on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th August from 2 – 4pm. All are welcome to attend.[Photo credit: Alister Sinclair Photography]