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World Pipe Band Championships Results

The highly coveted Grade One title remained in Scotland until 1987, when the Canadian 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band became the first overseas band to win the award. In recent years, the title has travelled to Canada a further 6 times with Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, Northern Ireland 8 times with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band, Australia with the Victoria Police Pipe Band in 1998, and, the Republic of Ireland with the St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band in 2010. The most successful pipe bands in this competition remain the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band (known as City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band from 1912 to 1975) winning 20 times, and, the House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band (winning fifteen times). Other multiple World Champions include the Muirhead & Sons Pipe Band (8 times), the Clan MacRae Pipe Band (8 times), and the Edinburgh Police Pipe Band (7 times).

Most Successful Bands

The following is a list of some of the most successful pipe bands at the world championships.

Updated: Alasdair Gillies, 1963-2011

Published: August 27, 2011

The legendary piper Alasdair Gillies died suddenly on the morning of August 27, 2011, at the age of 47. Probably the most successful solo light music competitor in history, Gillies won almost every major prize in both piobaireachd and light music, some many times over.

Born December 6, 1963, a native of Ullapool, Scotland, and the son of the great solo piper Norman Gillies, his record of 11 Former Winners MSR Silver Stars at the Northern Meeting may never be rivaled. Indeed, it was the Northern Meeting where Gillies reigned supreme, winning every trophy in both senior and junior piping but one – the B-Grade Strathspey & Reel – another record that may not be matched.

Among his other awards were the Glenfiddich Championship three times, both Highland Society of London Gold Medals and the Clasp at Inverness.

At the turn of the last century, Alasdair Gillies was voted by pipes|drums readers as the best piper of the 20th century.

He was a career piper, first with the military as Pipe-Major of the Queen's Own Highlanders and latterly as director of Carnegie-Mellon University's degree in piping for 12 years.

A full appreciation of Alasdair Gillies will appear soon in pipes|drums.

On behalf of the world piping and drumming community, we extend our condolences to Alasdair Gillies's family and friends at this sad time.

The funeral will be at 11 am on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at the Church of Scotland in Ullapool.

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Alasdair Gillies laid to rest

Published: September 04, 2011

More than 200 family and friends of the late Alasdair Gillies paid their last respects as the great piper, who died suddenly on August 27th, was laid to rest in Ullapool, Scotland.

Reverend Ivan Warwick presided over the September 3rd ceremony at the Church of Scotland in the small town in the north of Scotland. The funeral was open to all to attend. Rona Lightfoot delivered the eulogy. Fellow Queen's Own Highlander Pipe-Major Bruce Hitchings played the lament outside of the church, and the pallbearers were six of the world's greatest pipers: Brian Donaldson, Angus MacColl, Colin MacLellan, Roddy MacLeod, Willie McCallum and Gordon Walker, each both a friend and contemporary of Gillies.

Kristine Kennedy sang "Loch Broom" in Gaelic, and several pipers played along the road to the cemetery, including Iain Ruairaigh Finlayson, Callum MacKenzie, and Donald MacKay. Pipe-Major Michael Gray and Niall Matheson played at the graveside, with Matheson finishing with Donald MacLeod's piobaireachd "Cabar Feidh Gu Brath." A large group of army pipe-majors, including Iain Morrison and Andrew Venters, teachers of Alasdair Gillies, lowered the casket.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Alasdair Gillies' name to Help For Heroes, a charity that assists war veterans.

Those who wish to send notes of sympathy may use the following addresses (listed alphabetically):

Kristen Ayers (partner)

503 Moon Clinton Road

Moon Township, PA

15108 USA

Kathleen Gillies (mother)

28 Market Street

Ullapool, Ross-shire

Scotland IV26 2XL

Pauline and Norman Gillies (wife and son)

5E Market Street

Ullapool, Ross-shire

Scotland IV26 2XL

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