UK Pipe Band Championships 2019 – Lurgan N.I.

The latest major Championship of the year was held at a very damp and wet Lurgan, Northern Ireland on Saturday 15th June 2019.

Preston Lodge High School from East Lothian won the 214th GCBB Ex Members Association Trophy, taking first place in Drumming from an entry of 3 bands in the Novice Juvenile B grade.

The Band results were:-

1st Lochgelly High School (who won the 214 Trophy at Paisley)

2nd Preston Lodge High School

3rd Scottish Fire & Rescue Service

PLHS were the inaugural winners of the Drumming trophy in 2016.

Previous Winners

2016   Preston Lodge High School

2017   Boghall & Bathgate Juveniles

2018   Boghall & Bathgate Juveniles

Grade 1 Champions were St Laurence O’Toole -Eire, making it two out of the two championships for the season so far.

2019 British Championships -Paisley

The first major Championship of the year was held at a cold changeable St James Playing Fields in Paisley yesterday.

Lochgelly High School from Fife won the 214th GCBB Ex Members Association Trophy, taking first place from an entry of 17 bands in the Novice Juvenile B grade.

They were the inaugural winners back in 2016.

Previous Winners

2016 Lochgelly High School

2017 Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band

2018 North Lanarkshire Schools


The Grade 1 Championship was won by St Laurence O’Toole from Ireland.


Alex Connell Funeral details

Alex Connell’s funeral will be held on

Tuesday the 7th of May 9.45am at Daldowie Crematorium.

I’m sure there will be a large turnout and I would advise getting there early with your 214 tie.

Click here for map & directions to Daldowie Crematorium.

Lots of great comments have been appearing on various websites about Alex.

Click here to read Ian MacLellan’s tribute on pipingpress.

For those of you who haven’t seen the excellent interview of Alex on Pipers Persuasion please click here.

Alex Connell

It is with great sadness and shock to learn that one of our Ex Members Alex Connell passed away this morning at the age of 85.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is DM-AC-KM-2017-reunion-768x1024.jpegAlex seen here at the 2017 Reunion with Donald MacKenzie and Kerr McQuillan, who played Alex’ drum score for the Angus Lawrie pipe tune DM George Seymour.

I’m sure all our Ex Members send their condolences to his wife Molly and daughter Heather.

I will intimate the funeral details once arranged and known.

Alex and Ian McLellan were the architects of the Strathclyde Police Pipe Bands success.

Click here to see the George Seymour article which Alex is mentioned in and their is a link to the video of the tune being played at the 2017 reunion. Click here and scroll to Video Clip 5 under the Media section.

214 Ex Member elected as President of the Piobaireachd Society

Ex- members may be interested to know of the recent success of one of our number Robert Wallace. Robert (wee Boab to Alex Ibell) has just been elected President of the Piobaireachd Society one of the most prestigious positions in world piping.
The appointment was made by acclamation at the Society’s AGM held in Glasgow last month. In his recommendation to the meeting retiring President Dr Jack Taylor issued a warm endorsement of Robert’s candidacy stating: ‘I have no hesitation in recommending Robert, your Vice President for the last 12 years, as my successor. He has been a great support to me during that time. Though we have had our differences we have always put the Society first in all our dealings. No one knows more about piobaireachdthan Robert; no one knows more about the Piobaireachd Society than Robert.’
After his appointment Robert said: ‘I am honoured to follow a long line of distinguished Presidents of the Society and will do my best to continue Jack’s good work for the Society and for piobaireachd music.’
The Piobaireachd Society was founded in 1903 with the aim of preserving and promoting the classical music of the bagpipe. Its Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.
Robert began his piping in 1960 when, aged nine, he went to Alex Ibell’s house in Whiteinch for his first lessons. He then graduated to the full 214 band winning the World Juvenile title in his first contest in 1964 at Dam Park, Ayr. Robert went on to play with the Muirhead & Sons band and started piobaireachd tuition there with the pipe major, RG Hardie. Roberts solo awards include winning Gold Medals at both Oban and Inverness plus many other esteemed piping trophies and medals.
(Robert with retiring President Dr Jack Taylor)
We wish Robert every success in his office as President and are sure he will provide to be a ‘Stedfast’ appointment.
(Not bad for a wee boy from Whiteinch!)

2019 Reunion

Another great evening of renewing friendships, reliving our youth was had on Friday 1st of March in Whiteinch.

This was the 69th Annual Reunion of the Ex Members Association.

The attendees numbered in the mid forties, enjoyed an evening of laughter and chat.

Alistair Hunter entertained the assembled, with great stories of his professional goalkeeping career with Kilmarnock, Celtic, Motherwell and Scotland.

It was great to see Ex Members travelling from places as far afield as Manchester, Sittingbourne, Bury, Carlisle, Inverness & Oban to name a few.

Here’s looking forward to the 70th next year.

Sure and Stedfast

(as we used to spell it!)

69th Annual Reunion 2019

As I’m sure you are all aware, all invites have been emailed and posted so you should have yours?

Thank you to all who have kindly replied.

There are still a number of regulars who have not replied yet.

If you have not replied could you please do so by Thursday 21st as requested.

This will allow us to confirm with the caterer more accurate numbers.

Many Thanks