NEWS 4th October 2013 CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP OF THE BAND Dublin’s St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band is officially
announcing the retirement of Pipe Major Terry Tully as pipe major
after 30 seasons in that position, and the appointment of his son
Alen as the band’s pipe major. These decisions were formalised at
the band’s Annual General Meeting last night in Dublin, however
the news has been public since the World Championships in August.
Terry will continue to be involved in and play in the band.
Philip Tasker, who has been heavily involved in
setting sound and arranging music for the last few years, will
succeed Alen as pipe sergeant.
Alen is the third successive Tully to assume leadership of the
band, following his father and his grandfather, Tommy Tully. Terry
took the reins from Tommy following his death in 1984 - the band
was in grade 2 at the time. The band was promoted to grade 1 in
1988 after two successive years finishing 2nd in the Worlds in
Under Terry’s leadership, and having been bolstered by the
addition of Drum Sergeant Stephen in 1999, the band went from
strength to strength over the next years. 2008 was a breakthrough
year, with the band winning its first grade 1 major championships
at the Scottish Championships.
It happened again the following month at the British Championships
with the band winning out at Birmingham. The band had arrived as
one of the premier grade 1 bands, and was third at the Worlds in
The band capitalised on this momentum in 2010 – winning the All
Ireland Championships, the European Championships and the World
Championships, in its 100th year in existence. The World’s win
came three days after a successful sell out Evolution pre-Worlds
concert at the Glasgow Concert Hall. This is what Terry had
aspired to when he assumed leadership of the band in 1984.
Terry is also widely known for his many compositions, many of
which, such as the Pumpkin’s Fancy, Eric Stein and Tommy Tully’s
Air, have become classics. Terry is also adept at the adaptation
of traditional Irish tunes to the highland bagpipe, and he has
published five books featuring his compositions and arrangements.
Terry retired from the solo scene many years ago, after winning
three All Ireland Senior Championships.
Commenting on his career, retirement and appointment of his son
Alen as pipe major, Pipe Major Terry Tully said “This is a proud day for me. I
retire at a time when the band is playing as well as it has ever
been, having accomplished what I set out to when I took
leadership of the band (and then some!). I am very lucky to be able to
oversee the appointment of my own son as worthy pipe major of
the band, just like I succeeded my father Tommy. Succession
planning is a big concern facing all successful organisations,
in no matter what field. The band has been planning for this day
for a number of years now, with Alen and Philip having
increasing influence over musical matters, and I am confident
that the transition will be seamless. Alen has all of the
qualities to take the band on to further success at the top of
I would like to thank all
bandsmen who played in the band in the 30 seasons during which I
was pipe major (particularly bass drummer John Dunne, who has
been there nearly as long as me), and Drum Sergeant Stephen
Creighton for his support since 1999. The band’s supporters in
Ireland, Scotland and further afield also have my thanks, as do
all those who have sent best wishes since news of my retirement
became public. Thanks also to the Strathclyde Police for the
wonderful reception on the eve of the Cowal Games at the band’s
hotel – something I will never forget. And of course – there’s
always a great woman behind the scenes – my wife Eileen has
always played a prominent role in supporting me and the band.
Now I look forward to turning up to practice as a “regular
player” during the winter and taking a backseat!
Alen (30) began his piping career at the age of 7
years old and at the age of 21, was the youngest player ever in
Ireland and only the second ever to win the Junior, Intermediate
and Senior all Ireland solo Championship titles back to back
(Terry is a three time former senior grade winner). As his
experience as pipe sergeant has grown, Alen has played an
increasing role in the pipe corps’ development and preparations
for competitions, and has worked very closely with Terry and drum
sergeant Stephen Creighton.
Pipe Major Alen Tully said :
“I am delighted to assume the position of pipe major, it is a
dream come through. I would like to thank my father for his
instruction and guidance over the years, and for his faith in me
to take the band forward to further success. My father has
always been and will continue to be my number one influence and
the benchmark. I’m very excited about what lies ahead, and look
forward to working with Drum Sergeant Stephen Creighton and the
rest of the band in a new musical and competitive chapter”.
Drum Sergeant Stephen Creighton said he is “privileged to have had the
opportunity to play in the band with Terry as pipe major for so
many years”, he said. “Terry is a legend on the band scene, and
was a legend in Ireland even before I came to the band in 1999.
I'm glad the rest of the
pipe band world got to see that in more recent years. I have been working with Alen
for a number of seasons now when it comes to arranging medleys,
transitions, and so on; so for the drum corps, it will be
business as usual. The band is lucky to have a
readymade replacement for Terry on Terry’s retirement, and that
is in no small part due to Terry himself. I’m very much looking forward to
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.
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 CowalPipe 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
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 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 ;-)
MSR : John McCarlie, Harry Stevenson, June Nolan, John Moles
Medley : Jim Campbell, Alan Ronaldson, Gordon Parkes, Ciaran Mordaunt
1st 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
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 judge 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
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
Colin Moffatt and George Wilson (Piping)
Greg Dinsdale (Drumming)
Peter Snaddon (Ensemble)
>20th 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 ;-)
January 2013WINTER 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
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
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 :
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Album Foreword byMalcolm 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.
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St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band
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
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
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
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
footage of the band is now available on
youtube.......spanning 1982 to 2012.
direct to our Youtube channels from the
links below -