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15th January 2014
MHAF WINTER STORM 2014
The annual Winter Storm piping and drumming competitions drew large entries, despite recent weather-related travel havoc throughout North America leading up to the event.
Put on by the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Winter Storm, contests were held at the Marriott County Club Plaza,Kansas City,Missouri.

Congratulations....once again...to our own Mikey McKenna on winning his second-in-a-row Gold Medal for Drumming.

Solo Drumming : Snare
Professional Gold Medal
1st Michael McKenna, Dublin
2nd Derek Cooper, Warminster, Pennsylvania
3rd Eric MacNeill, Schenectady, New York
4th Richard Baughman, Los Angeles
5th Cameron Bolley, Clarkston, Michigan
6th Zack Miller, Kincardine, Ontario

Judges:
Final – John Fisher, John Scullion, Doug Stronach
Qualifier – Stephen Creighton, Duncan Millar, Jim Sim







11th January 2014
R.I.P  - EILEEN TULLY
It is with great regret that we announce the sad passing of P/M Terry Tully's wife,Eileen after a long but courageous battle.
We would like to extend out sincerest condolences and deepest sympathies to Terry and Alen and Eileen's family at this very sad time.


Ar dheis dé go raibh a hanam

Formerly of Northland Drive, Glasnevin, Dublin. Beloved wife of Terry and loving mother of Alen.
Deeply regretted by her loving husband, son, sisters, grandchildren, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.
 
Eileen will be reposing at her residence with removal on Monday morning at 10.15am to St. Charles Borromeo Church, Leixlip, for funeral mass at 11am followed by cremation in Glasnevin crematorium at 1pm.
 
May She Rest In Peace


16th December 2013
R.I.P  - MARY DUNNE
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family & friends of our bass drummer,John Dunne,on the passing of his mother,Mary.

Dunne (nee Poole) Mary, (Maryland, D.8) December 14th 2013. (Peacefully) in the care of all the staff of Ryevale Nursing Home, Leixlip.
Beloved wife of the late Seamus and loving mother of John, Mary, Seamus, Anthony & Imelda.  
Deeply  missed by her loving children,  daughters-in-law, sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Reposing at her home this Sunday afternoon (Dec 15th) from 4pm - 8pm. Removal tomorrow, Monday evening, to St. Theresa’s Church, Donore Ave., South Circular Road arriving at 5.30pm.
Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at 10am followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.



2nd September 2013
P/M TERRY TULLY - A LEGEND RETIRES...... What an end the the pipe band season and what an end to an era in St. Laurence O' Toole Pipe Band history.
4th place for the band in the last Cowal Pipe Band Championship as a major, and the maestro Terry Tully's last competition as Pipe Major.

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish Terry and Eileen the best of luck for the future.
During Terry's time as P/M of St. Laurence O' Toole, he brought the band to win several All-Ireland titles, the Scottish, British and European championship titles, and, of course, that small matter of the 2010 World Championship win.
However, the band is in the safe hands of Alen Tully for the future. Best of luck to him as he follows in his father and grandfather's footsteps as Pipe Major.
We're already looking forward to an exciting future for the band.

Finally, one word for Strathclyde Police Pipe Band, RESPECT!
The 14 times World Champions formed a Guard of Honour for Terry as we got back to our hotel
A fitting end to the career of one of the greatest Pipe Major's in history from one of the greatest bands ever!
Thanks to Sydney Moore and the rest of the lads.

Congratulations to Field Marshal Montgomery on winning the Argyll Shield again and also on doing the 'Grand Slam'.
Also, congrats to the our friends in the Lewis Pipe band on winning grade 4A.
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31st August 2013
COWAL PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS
Field Marshal Montgomery finished a perfect season by winning the fifth and final RSPBA major, the Cowal Pipe Band Championship, in an event that was historic for several additional reasons.
It marked the final championship for St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe-Major, Terry Tully, who is retiring after the 2013 season following more than 30 years as leader of the band, highlighted by its World Championship victory in 2010.
It also marked the end – at least for now – of the Cowal Pipe Band Championship itself, after losing its status as an RSPBA major.
Once considered the de facto World Championship, Cowal's 120-year history is one of the most storied in pipe band history.
The games will continue, but not as a pipe band championship.

Full breakdown of the result can be found here - summary

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2nd Boghall & Bathgate (2,2,5,2)
3rd ScottishPower (3,3,6,3)
4th St. Laurence O'Toole (4,4,3,4)
5th Inveraray & District (6,7,1,6)
6th Shotts & Dykehead (5,5,7,5)

Drumming: Inveraray & District

Judges: Sam Young, Jim Semple (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); David Clark (ensemble)

MEDLEY #2



17th and 18th August
2013
WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - RESULTS
Grade One result from the World Championships......
Full breakdown of the results can be found here - summary

Grade 1 Overall
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Boghall & Bathgate
3rd Scottish Power
4th Simon Fraser University
5th St. Laurence O'Toole
6th Inveraray & District

MEDLEY #1



12th August 2013

WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS - LIVE STREAMING

On Saturday there will be a stream available via the Worlds website.
This will focus on the main Grade 1 Arena, so viewers will see all 24 Grade 1 bands play, 12 MSR and 12 Medley.
The link for Saturday streaming can be found here

On Sunday the feed will come from the BBC, and will feature the Juvenile Final as well as Adult Final from the main Grade 1 Arena


10th August 2013
ULSTER PIPE
BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS,NEWTOWNARDS - RESULTS

Grade One result from the Ulster Championships......
Well done to Stephen and the boys for winning the drumming ;-)

A full summary of all grades can be found on the RSPBNI website

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St.Laurence O'Toole
3rd Cullybackey
4th Ravara
5th Seven Towers

Best Drumming : St.Laurence O'Toole

Medley Selection #2


29th
July 2013
SCOTTISH
PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS,DUMBARTON - RESULTS
Grade One result from the Scottish Championships......
Full breakdown of the result can be found here - summary

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
3rd Inverary & District
4th St.Laurence O'Toole
5th Scottish Power
6th Greater Glasgow Police
Drumming - Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia

Judges: Ronnie McShannon, Jennifer Hutcheon (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); Alistair Aitken (ensemble)

MSR



8th July 2013
ALL-IRELAND PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS,DERRY/LONDONDERRY - RESULTS

Grade One result from the All Ireland Championships......
Full breakdown of the result can be found here - summary

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St.Laurence O'Toole
3rd Cullybackey
4th Ravara

Drums - Field Marshal Montgomery
 
Judges :
MSR : John McCarlie, Harry Stevenson, June Nolan, John Moles
Medley : Jim Campbell, Alan Ronaldson, Gordon Parkes, Ciaran Mordaunt

MEDLEY



MSR



July 2013
EUROPEAN PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS,FORRES - RESULTS

Grade One results from Forres......
The full summaries for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - European Championships

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,1,2)
2nd Inveraray & District (2,2,2,3)
3rd Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (4,5,3,1)
4th St. Laurence O'Toole (7,3,4,5)
5th Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (3,7,7,4)
6th Scottish Power (5,6,5,6)

Judges: Gordon Lawrie, Bill Garrett (piping); Harry Russell (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)



26th May 2013
BRITISH PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS,BATHGATE - RESULTS
Having been washed out of Fermanagh the previous week,it was a big surprise to have one of the finest day's weather at Bathgate for a pipe band championship...EVER !
SLOT drew their number one set - Highland Wedding, Shepherd's Crook and The Smith of Chilliechasie - and gave one of the band's best performances in a couple of years, easily the best MSR since winning the World's in 2010,so it was a bit of a surprise that the band ended up 4th overall.
Have a listen and judges for yourself.......
FMM took the overall title,along with the drumming and Shotts & Dykehead,under new P/M RyanCanning,made a return to the prize list.
The full summaries for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - British Championships

Grade 1
1 - Field Marshal Montgomery
2 - Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
3 - Inveraray & District
4 - St. Laurence O'Toole
5 - Scottish Power
6 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
Drumming: Field Marshal Montgomery

Judges:
Colin Moffatt and George Wilson (Piping)
Greg Dinsdale (Drumming)
Peter Snaddon (Ensemble)



26th May 2013
CITY OF LISBURN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The band kicked off it's 2013 season with a visit to Lisburn,on a wet and blustery day.......not ideal conditions for piping & drumming.
Here, we present our new medley for 2013 - we hope you like it ;-)



14th January 2013
WINTER STORM, KANSAS CITY,MISSOURI
Congratulations to our own Mikey McKenna who took home the Gold Medal for Solo Snare Drumming at the annual Winter Storm competitions held at the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom of the County Club Plaza Hotel,Kansas City,Missouri,USA.

Solo Drumming - Snare
Gold Medal
1st Michael McKenna, Dublin
2nd Derek Cooper, Warminster, Pennsylvania
3rd Grant Cassidy, Glasgow
4th Graham Brown, Milton, Ontario
5th Chris Barr, Clinton Township, Michigan
6th Zack Miller, Kincardine, Ontario


30th October 2012
MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP DATES & VENUES FOR 2013
Please note the dates and locations for the 2013 Major Championships are as follows:

British Championship --> May 25th at Bathgate
European Championship --> June 29th at Forres
Scottish Championship --> July 27th at Dumbarton
World Championship --> August 17th & 18th at Glasgow
Cowal Championship --> August 31st at Dunoon



SLOT - MERCHANDISE
Our new merchandise page is now "live" and open for business.

Available NOW, the highly anticipated CD & DVD from our recent concert in Glasgow - EVOLUTION.
Also up for grabs are the band's original CD from 2005, the 100th anniversary history book and the collage poster, with images of the band over the past one hunderd years.

Ordering the new CD & DVD :
Click here to go direct to the page or click on the Merchandise link in the navigation menu on the left.

Album Foreword by Malcolm M MacKenzie:Producer for KRL
What a week for P/M Terry Tully and his St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band.
Starting with winning the prestigious quartet competition on Tuesday August 10th, this was followed by the sellout concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall,which has been acclaimed as the finest concert that there has been since the series began 15 years ago.
Then came the "icing on the cake" on Saturday 14th August when the band "swept the boards" in the Grade One World Pipe Band Championship,winning the MSR and Medley sections,a feat rarely accomplished before.
A magnificent achievement and a fitting award to Terry and his band in this their centenary year.
Now sit back and enjoy a feast of musicianship from the concert,which was a pleasure to be part of.
Malcolm M MacKenzie:Producer for KRL

To get an idea of what to expect on our new DVD, view the promotional video on Youtube.



SLOT 100th ANNIVERSARY HISTORY BOOK
There have been a number of requests recently about the history book that we published this year to celebrate the band centenary .........specifically,how to get hold of it.
Well, here's how.....see below

Details the history of the band from it's inception in 1910 to the present day.
The famous names - Sean O'Casey,Padraig Pearse,Thomas Clarke,Douglas Hyde,Arthur Griffith - involved and the people that have brought the band to where it stands today.
It includes stories from past & present members and is a "must have" for any fan of the band or Irish pipe band history in general.

€27.00 - includes postage & packaging to anywhere in the World.



1. By Credit Card using Paypal - secure transaction
Price €27.00 (inc.P&P) 
Click on the button below

2. Cheque, Postal Order or International Money Order
Print the order form and post it with your payment.
Send completed form to the following address :
Click here for the Book Order Form

Price €27.00 (inc. P&P) 

St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band
260 Glendale Meadows,Leixlip,Co.Kildare,
Ireland



FROM THE ARCHIVES : WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010 : RESULTS
St.Laurence O'Toole - World Champions 2010 !!!!!!!!!

St.Laurence O'Toole of Dublin won the 2010 World Pipe Band Championship under dry and relatively warm weather at a very crowded Glasgow Green.
It was the first World title for SLOT and the first time in more than 10 years that a band other than SFU, Field Marshal Montgomery and Shotts & Dykehead did not take the title.

SLOT also won the drumming.

The RSPBA announced Simon Fraser University as being fourth in Grade 1, but a compilers' error appeared to reveal that the band was actually third, finishing ahead of Boghall & Bathgate on ensemble preference, according to RSPBA rule 3.84.
The association later admitted the error and posted an apology to the band impacted.

Full summary details for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - click here



Grade 1 - Overall
 1 - St.Laurence O'Toole
 2 - Field Marshal Montgomery
 3 - Simon Fraser University
 4 - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
 5 - The House of Edgar Shotts & Dykehead
 6 - Scottish Power

Best MSR - St.Laurence O'Toole
Best Medley - St.Laurence O'Toole
Best Drums - St.Laurence O'Toole






PIPING TODAY MAGAZINE  - PATIENCE OF THE SAINTS
An article on P/M Terry Tully and the St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band that appeared in Issue 43 of Piping Today, the National Piping Centre’s bi-monthly magazine which seeks to promote the music, history and study of the bagpipes.
To download the article in pdf format,please click on the image below.




To subscribe to Piping Today magazine - click here


SLOT - FROM THE ARCHIVES
As this season sees the band play it's 21st year in what is considered the modern Grade One arena,an mp3 of the band's first foray into the grade from way back then seems pretty appropriate.

Recorded at the 1989 All-Ireland Championships in Newcastle,Co.Down.



The tunes : Allan Dall MacLeod - The Shepherd's Crook - The Boys Of Malin - Lord Ramsay's Reel - The Ass In The Graveyard - Paddy Clancy's Jig - Queen Of The Rushes : Jig - Queen Of The Rushes : Hornpipe



SLOT ON YOUTUBE

Video footage of the band is now available on youtube.......spanning 1982 to 2012.

Go direct to our Youtube channels from the links below -

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=slotpb

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=dubpiper