The RSPBA have issued a statement this morning regarding a mix up in the Grade 1 Best Drumming Prize at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships on Saturday, July 29. The prize was given to Field Marshal Montgomery on the day, but it has now been awarded to Inveraray and District Pipe Band. The RSPBA statement below was posted on their News page this morning here.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) would like to publicly apologise to Field Marshal Montgomery and Inveraray and District Pipe Bands who have been impacted by a compiling error in determining the result of the Grade 1 Best Drumming Prize at the Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2023 at Dumbarton.

Investigations began on the 30th July having been notified of a problem. It was identified that the Drumming and Ensemble scores / adjudicators had been reversed during the data capture of the placing sheets.

The Association Chairman would like to apologise to both the Bands involved.

The total of the placings awarded to each of the bands within the Grade 1 Final have not changed.

We understand the Membership depended on us to accurately compile the adjudicator placings and deeply regret we failed to deliver the high standard that you’ve come to expect from The RSPBA.

I am taking this incident seriously and looking at additional measures to be put in place to prevent this happen again in the future.

Colin Mulhern
Chief Executive

•A bird’s eye view of the Scottish Pipe Band Championships 2023. Photo by @pixbypedro