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.

29th April 2015
2015 : BATHGATE - GRADE ONE DRAW The draw for the first major of the 2015 season...........with SLOT drawn at number 3 @ 15.50.
See the RSPBA site for full details of all grades.

Grade 1
01 15:30 Cullybackey
02 15:40 Peoples Ford - Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
03 15:50 St Laurence O'Toole
04 16:00 Scottish Power
05 16:10 Police Scotland Fife
06 16:20 Vale of Atholl
07 16:30 Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles
08 16:40 Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
09 16:50 Inveraray and District
10 17:00 Field Marshal Montgomery
11 17:10 Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band

William Garrett
George Wilson
Alexander Steele
Jennifer Hutcheon

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
                  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

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 MSR and Medley performances from the WPBC Final

26th July 2014
The fourth major championship of the season took place at Levengrove Park,Dumbarton and the band,once again,put in another solid and balanced performance - this time achieving fifth place overall.
Full breakdown of the Grade One result can be found here - summary

Grade 1 (MSR, 12 competed)
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (2,1,5,1)
2nd ScottishPower (4,3,3,3)
3rd Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (3,2,1,7)
4th Inveraray & District (1,4,6,4)
5th St. Laurence O’Toole (6,6,4,2)
6th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (7,5,2,6)

Drumming: Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate

John Wilson, Jim Campbell (piping)
Sandy Steele (drumming)
Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

MSR #2
7th July 2014
In what can only be described as monsoon conditions,the band came away as winners in both MSR and Medley competitions - also winning the best drumming and bass & tenor along the way.
Congratulations to Alen on winning his first All Ireland as Pipe Major - may it be the first of many - and also to Stephen winning another All Ireland Drumming Championship(I've lost count of them)
Also,a huge thanks must go to all the pipers and drummers in the band who made it all possible on the day.
Full breakdown of the Grade One result can be found here - summary

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

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

1st St. Laurence O’Toole (1,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (2,1,2,2)
3rd Cullybackey (3,3,3,3)

Malcolm MacKenzie, Colin Moffett (piping), Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming), Joe Noble (ensemble)

1st St. Laurence O’Toole (ens.pref.) (2,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,2)
3rd Cullybackey (3,3,3,3)

Willie Garrett, Michael Fitzgerald (piping), David Brown (drumming), Gordon Lawrie (ensemble)

MSR #1

Medley #1

28th June 2014
The third major championship of the season took place at Forres and the band gave what was another another solid and balanced performance to achieve third place overall.
Congratulations go to Stephen and his corp on a fantastic win for the back end,European Champions 2014 - another major championship title added to the British they won in May.

Full breakdown of the Grade One result can be found here - summary

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

Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole

George Wilson, Ian Wood (piping)
Paul Turner (drumming)
Peter Snaddon (ensemble)>

Medley #2

22nd June 2014
On a sweltering day in Lurgan,the band gave two excellent performances in both MSR and Medley sections of the contest - coming out on top in the the MSR.
The drummers also continued their successfull season by winning the best drum corp and bass & tenor prizes on the day.
Full breakdown of the Grade One result can be found here - summary

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

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

1st St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,3,2)
3rd Cullybackey (3,3,2,3)
4th Ravara (4,4,4,4)
Judges: George Wilson, Iain Simpson (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); Peter Snaddon (ensemble)

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,1,1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,2,2)
3rd Cullybackey (3,3,3,4)
4th Ravara (4,4,4,3)
Judges: Winston Pollock, Colin Moffett (piping); Gordon Parkes (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)

MSR #2

Medley #1

14th June 2014
In our second major championship,we produced another solid and balanced performance.
This time drawing our number two MSR, which once again resulted in a third place overall,with a 4,4,4,1 placing from the judging panel on the day.

Full breakdown of the Grade One result can be found here - summary

Grade 1
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Scottish Power
3rd St.Laurence O'Toole
4th Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
5th Inverary & District
6th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia

Drumming : Field Marshal Montgomery

Judges :
Piping 1 : John McCarlie
Piping 2 : John Moles
Drumming : Harry Russell
Ensemble : Tony Sloan

MSR #2

31st May 2014
In our first major championship under new P/M Alen Tully,we gave a solid and balanced performance of our new #1 medley, resulting in a third place overall for the band with a 3,7,1,2 placing from the judging panel on the day.
Our drum corp,under D/Sgt.Stephen Creighton,added ANOTHER major championship title to their list ;-)
A big congratulations to Alen & Stephen and all the players that played their part on the day.
We now look forward to the next major in Belfast at the end of June.

Full breakdown of the Grade One result can be found here - summary

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

Drumming : St.Laurence O'Toole

Judges :
Piping 1 : Jim Wark
Piping 2 : Ronnie McShannon
Drumming : David Brown
Ensemble : Jim Baxter

Medley #1

24th May 2014
The band's second contest of the new season resulted in the runner up overall prize,but a win for the drummers.Congratulations to Stephen and his corp on a fine result.

Full breakdown of the result can be found here - summary

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

Drumming : St.Laurence O'Toole

19th May 2014
The band kicked off the 2014 season at Newtownards with a good day at the office - playing our number one MSR,Lord Alexander Kennedy,Atholl Cummers and Mrs.MacPherson of Inveran.

Full breakdown of the result can be found here - summary

Grade 1
1st St.Laurence O'Toole
2nd Cullybackey
3rd Ravara

Drumming : St.Laurence O'Toole

MSR #1

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.

15th January 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 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

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

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
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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 2012.

Go direct to our Youtube channels from the links below -