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11th August 2015

Details for the live streams of the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships:

Friday 14th August :
The Grade 1 qualifier will be streamed live via the official Livestream channel of Glasgow Life.
Please note this will only stream the main arena.

This means that all 22 bands will feature on the stream, however, you will only see 12 play their March, Strathspey and Reel and 12 playing their Medley.

You can find this stream at http://livestream.com/innerear/worldpipebandchamps15
Starting from 11am on Friday 14th August 2015.

Saturday 15th August :
This coverage will come direct from the BBC Feed, again this will only focus on the main arena and will feature the following:

09:00 - 10:00 Grade Juvenile Final
10:30 - 12:30 Grade 1 Final - MSR
13:30 - 15:00 Grade Novice Juvenile Final
15:15 - 17:05 Grade 1 Final - Medley
18:30 - 20:00 March Past and Prize Giving

The BBC Coverage will be broadcast in Full HD and can be found by visiting http://www.bbc.co.uk/worlds
Starting from 9am on Saturday 15th August 2015

25th July 2015
St. Laurence O’Toole emerged as Scottish Champions
for 2015,the band's first major championships win since the Worlds in 2010 and also the first for P/M Alen Tully,since taking over from his Dad,Terry,at the end of the 2013 season.
Held in warm & breezy,but slightly changeable conditions at Levengrove Park,Dumbarton,the band drew it's number two medley selection,which gained a 2,1,1,2 from the judges to emerge as winners by six points from
Field Marshal Montgomery.
Drum Sgt. Stephen Creighton's drum corp also took the drumming prize,making it a very satisfying day indeed.........

A huge congratulations to all involved that made it happen
on the day - now lets keep the hammer down for the big one in August,the World Championships ;-)

Full summaries for Grade One can be found on the RSPBA website - here

Grade 1 - Medley (12 competed)
1 - St. Laurence O’Toole (2,1,1,2)
2 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,8,1)
3 - Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (3,6,3,3)
4 - Scottish Power (7,3,2,5)
5 - Inveraray & District (4,4,6,4)
6 - Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (6,5,5,7)

Sam Young and Jim Wark (piping)
Greg Dinsdale (drumming)
John MacInnes (ensemble)

Listen to the band's winning performance below.......
Medley #2


4th July 2015
Field Marshal Montgomery and defending champions St.Laurence O’Toole went head-to-head at the 2015 All-Ireland Championships along with Cullybackey and Ravara, and it was FMM that emerged overall champions.
But SLOT gave the 2014 World Champions a run for their money by obtaining a tie in the Medley section, with FMM wining on ensemble preference.

MSR Medley
1 - Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,1,1)
2 - St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,2,2)
3 - Cullybackey (4,3,3,3)
4 - Ravara (3,4,4,4)

John Moles and Winston Pollock (piping)
Sandy Steele (drumming)
Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)
1 - Field Marshal Montgomery (2,1,2,1)
2 - St. Laurence O’Toole (1,2,1,2)
3 - Ravara (3,4,4,3)
4 - Cullybackey (4,3,3,4)

Tone Sloane and Finbarr Connolly (piping)
Gordon Craig (drumming)
Peter Snaddon (ensemble)

Listen to the band's performances below.......
MSR #1


Medley #1


27th June 2015
In an extraordinary three-way tie for first with FMM,Shotts and SLOT,the only way the bands were separated was on the ensemble result,which meant that SLOT finished in 3rd position overall.
Stephen and his drum corp retained their European Championship drumming prize which they also won last season at the same venue.....congratulations !!!!
Weather was warm and sunny with a high around 20 degrees at a venue that was very popular with competitors.
Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - here

Grade 1 (MSR, 11 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (ens.pref) (3,1,4,1)
2nd Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (ens.pref) (1,4,2,2)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,3,1,3)
4th ScottishPower (6,2,7,4)
5th Inveraray & District (4,7,5,5)
6th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (5,5,6,8)

Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole

Judges: Cameron Edgar, Winston Pollock (piping
Gordon Craig (drumming
Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

Listen to the band's performance below.......
MSR #1


13th June 2015
St.Laurence O'Toole PB gave another strong performance at the recent UK Championships,held in the grounds of Stormont,Belfast.
The band drew our #1 set on this occasion which was placed 4th overall on the day.
Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - here

Grade 1 (medley, 11 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,3,1)
2nd Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (2,2,2,4)
3rd Inveraray & District (3,3,6,2)
4th St. Laurence O’Toole (4,4,5,3)
5th Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (5,5,1,7)
6th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (6,7,4,6)

Drumming: Greater Glasgow Police Scotland

Judges: Harry Stevenson, Jim Semple (piping)
Gordon Parkes (drumming)
Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)

Listen to the band's performance below.......


30th May 2015
The UK championship season got started in the West Lothian town of Bathgate under mixed weather conditions, often sunny but with a cold northerly wind making for testing conditions.
The band gave a very solid performance and narrowly missed out on a top three finish only on ensemble preference.
Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - here

Grade 1 (MSR, 11 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,5,1)
2nd Inveraray & District (3,4,4,2)
3rd Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (4,3,3,4)
4th St. Laurence O’Toole (2,5,2,5)
5th Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (6,6,1,7)
6th Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate (5,7,7,3)

Drumming: Greater Glasgow Police Scotland

Willie Garrett, George Wilson (piping)
Sandy Steele (drumming)
Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble)

Listen to the band's performance below.......
MSR #1


23rd May 2015
The band's first outing of the season resulted in a 2nd place overall and a win for both snare and bass&tenor sections.
Full breakdown of the Grade One result can be found here - summary

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

Drumming : St.Laurence O'Toole
Best Bass & Tenor Section : St.Laurence O'Toole

Ian Wood, Winston Pollock (piping)
Gordon Parkes (drumming)
Ciaran Mordaunt (ensemble)

MSR #2

1st May 2015

Mikey performing with his piper, Kevin "Roddy" Rogers at the inaugural “Spring Gatherin” in the Ramada Plaza,Belfast last weekend - he went on to become the first winner of the Invitational Solo Drumming competition.
In 2nd place was Willie Glenholmes (Cullybackey) and 3rd was Aaron McLean (FMM).
All the competitors gave stunning MSR & H/J performances and the audience were certainly entertained by their freestyle drumming.

11th April 2015
Congratulations to the SLOT players at the recent solos : Jason McAlister - 1st in the 18&Under Grade and 2nd in the Hornpipe & Jig, Kevin Rogers - 4th in the Open Piobaireachd, Craig Munro - 3rd in both the MSR and Hornpipe & Jig
and the drummers.....
Grant Cassidy - 1st in the 
Hornpipe & Jig, Glen Creighton - 1st in the 18&Under and 4th in the Hornpipe & Jig

If I've missed anyone,let me know........

2nd April 2015
The St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band are very pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Creighton as new head of marching education with Premier Percussion
Stephen Creighton,Lead
              Drummer,SLOTStephen is the lead drummer of the world renowned St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band from Dublin, Ireland who are the current holders of the Champion of Champions Grade 1 drumming title.
Recognised for his musicality and tonal perfection, Stephen has won two World Grade 1 titles as well as the British, European, Scottish and seven All-Ireland Grade 1 titles.
As an accomplished soloist, he has consistently been ranked in the top 12 senior drummers for 22 of the last 24 World Solo Champions.

The newly created position will see Stephen’s responsibilities include the development of a marching education programme, creating a long-term strategy that will strengthen the Premier brand and its relationship with players, partners and tutors.
The programme will also focus on creating tuition aids for players and teachers whilst working closer with community and charitable outreach projects to further promote Premier within the marching drum community.

In addition, Stephen will join Premier’s product development team to work closely alongside Keith Keough, generating ideas for the improvement of current pipe band products,
and identifying opportunities for new products that can be added to the range.

“Having performed on Premier’s world-class products for a number of years, I am thrilled by this appointment,” said Stephen.
“This is an exciting opportunity to pass on my experience and knowledge, taking Premier to ever greater heights, whilst championing the importance of music education.”
Vikki George, Premier’s general manager commented, “We’re delighted to be working with Stephen.

We’ll be able to further develop our overall education programme and enhance our current range of pipe band products.

Stephen’s commitment and enthusiasm are infectious which mean he will play a key part in ensuring Premier’s continued success.”

27th March 2015

This is the proposed schedule for the coming season......we hope to see you at some of them.

Date Championship Venue
May 16th North Down and Ards Championships Bangor
May 23rd  Fermanagh Championships Enniskillen
May 30th British Championships Bathgate
June 13th UK Championships Belfast
June 20th Craigavon and District Championships Lurgan
June 27th
European Championships
July 4th All-Ireland Championships Omagh
July 25th Scottish Championships Dumbarton
August 1st  City Of Lisburn Championships Moira
August 8th Ulster Championships Rostrevor
August 14th & 15th World Championships Glasgow

22nd January 2015
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of ex-O'Toole's pipers,Brendan and Kieran O'Brien,on the sad passing of their mother,Anne.

O'Brien nee Dwyer Anne (Nan), Bray, Co. Wicklow January 20th 2015.
Peacefully at the Dargle Valley Nursing Home, beloved wife of the late Brendan, will be very sadly missed by  her daughters Mary, Deirdre, Bernie and Anita, sons Brendan and Kieran, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister Jenny, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at her home from 6pm from Wednesday with Removal on Friday morning to St. Peter's Church, Little Bray arriving for 11am Funeral Mass, followed by Interment in adjoining cemetery.

18th October 2014
After three initial qualifying heats totaling 53 contestants, two semi-final heats comprising 29, and then a final round of 12, Steven McWhirter of Inveraray & District emerged the 2014 World Solo Drumming Champion at the RSPBA-run event at Glasgow Caledonian University.
It was the fourth consecutive win of the award for McWhirter and his fifth title overall.
A quarter of the finalists belonged to the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band of Dublin.
Drummers play two selections: Hornpipe and Jig and March, Strathspey and Reel with the latter gaining more points.

Runner up to Steven was our very own, Mikey McKenna.......huge congrats to him on a fantastic achievement !

Well done as always to 'The Boss' Drum Sgt. Stephen Creighton on finishing 4th..........have lost count of the number of times Stephen has reached the Final and finished in the Top 6.

To Grant Cassidy,the newest O' Tooles drummer,on reaching the Final on his first attempt in the Adult Grade.

Eoin Rogers, with  2nd place in the Juvenile Grade(Section 2) and also to Glen Creighton on his 6th place in the Juvenile Grade(Section 3) and to Samantha Leanne Duffy, who did the band proud  in the Tenor Drumming contest.
Photograph courtesy pipingpress.com

Adult Final - Result

1 Steven McWhirter, Inveraray & District (Piper - Stuart Liddell)
2 Michael McKenna, St Laurence O’Toole (Piper - Simon Grace)
3 Blair Brown, Shotts & Dykehead (Piper - Glen Brown)
4 Stephen Creighton, St Laurence O’Toole (Piper - Craig Munro)
5 Chris McNichol, Inveraray (Piper - Alastair McLaren)
6 Jake Jorgensen, Scottish Power (Piper - Alasdair Henderson)

Full results can be found on the RSPBA website - here

20th September 2014

I think Drum Sgt.Stephen Creighton says all that needs to be said here,so I'll just post his comments from FB......

Congratulations to Mikey McKenna on winning the Senior All Ireland Drumming Championship, one of the proudest moments of my career to see a young boy grow up into a young man, take on something and succeed. That takes pure dedication , passion , talent and hours of practice .

All supported by his family and friends, as without them it's a tough task !

Well done again Mikey x
Also congrats to the rest of the slot drum corps for the great efforts -
Robbie Barrett finishing 3rd in
Junior A, Eoin Rogers 3rd in under 16 , Glen Creighton , Steven Paynter and Conor McNally
and young Damien Russell, and Samantha Leanne Duffy our young tenor drummer , and the pipers for been there and playing non stop fair play .
But most of all I'm so proud of my little princess Hannah Creighton finishing 3rd in the practice pad under 12s  - only drumming 5 weeks well done !

Roll on World Solos !

Congratulations also go to Jason McAllister who was placed 2nd in the Junior A Section and of course,to Stephen himself who finished 3rd in the Senior Drumming.

Full results can be found on the RSPBA website - here

15th and 16th August 2014

The fifth and final championship of the season began with the Friday qualifier and ater a 22 band qualifying event across two heats, 12 Grade 1 bands were selected by the two judging circles to go through to the final.
Actual results of the heats were not announced, and only the 12 qualifying bands were publicised in no specific order,so as not to have potential impact on judging.
With SLOT successfully qualifying from Heat 1,attention moved to the final on Saturday - held in possibly the worst weather conditions at the World's in a number of years.
First up was the MSR and the band played it's number one set - Lord Alexander Kennedy,Atholl Commers and Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran - starting with a good intro and a nice full sound,everyone seemed very happy with the performance overall.
As weather conditions deteriorated further in the afternoon,we spent much of the time in the band tent - but the drum corp,surrounded by fans,practiced under the trees in the torrential rain - they're much more hardy than pipers ;-)
The pipers jumping out on occasion to give the pipes a quick blow until it was time to head to the final tuning for the band's final competition performance of the season - the medley.
Normally the stands in the arena are full to bursting,but it was a little surreal seeing so many empty seats and it definitely detracted from the usual electric athmosphere.........but leaving that aside,it was still a great result for the band and our highest placing since 2010.
We achieved 3rd placings in both MSR and Medley and finished in third position overall - congrats to Alen,Stephen and Philip on a job well done.

Congratulations must also go to Stephen and his corp for their fantastic achievement of winning the Champion of Champions Drumming prize,which goes to the most successful corp over the five major Championships.
Well done !

Grade 1 - Overall
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Inveraray & District
3rd St Laurence O’Toole
4th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
5th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
6th Scottish Power

Drumming: Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
Grade 1 - MSR
1st Inveraray & District (5,3,3,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,7,4)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (6,2,4,2)
4th ScottishPower (3,5,2,5)
5th Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate (4,4,5,3)
6th Shotts & Dykehead (2,6,1,8)

Robert Pollock, Cameron Edgar (piping)
Greg Dinsdale (drumming)
Joe Noble (ensemble)
Grade 1 - Medley
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,2,2,1)
2nd Inveraray & Distict (3,1,6,2)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (5,3,3,3)
4th People Ford-Boghall & Bathgate (6,6,1,4)
5th Simon Fraser University (2,4,5,6)
6th Shotts & Dykehead (4,5,4,7)

Nat Russell, Jim Semple (piping)
Gordon Parkes (drumming)
Trevor Dear (ensemble)

Full results for all grades can be found on the RSPBA website - here

Listen to our performances from the WPBC Final
St.Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band - MSR & Medley

14th May 2014
Stephen is delighted to present his new website along with the launch of his new signature pipe-band stick in conjunction with Vater Percussion.
The new stick has everybody talking and is now readily available Worldwide.
Check out the site for more information - click on the link or banner below.


Our 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

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,

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


Video footage of the band is now available on youtube.......spanning 1982 to 2015.

Go direct to our Youtube channels from the links below -