Piper Glenn on top of the world!

Just champion - Glenn with the World Championship trophy at Glasgow Green on Saturday.
Just champion - Glenn with the World Championship trophy at Glasgow Green on Saturday.

FORFAR piper Glenn Ross was on top of the world on Saturday when the band he plays in were crowned world champions.

Glenn (20), who first picked up a set of pipes at the age of eight, was competing with the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland at the competition at Glasgow Green.

Some 230 pipe bands competed for the coveted trophy, in front of an audience from around the world, with the Lisburn-based outfit emerging victorious.

They beat close rivals, the Simon Fraser University from Canada, into second place, with the Scottish Power band finishing third.

The world championships continued the band’s winning streak for the year after they marched their way into picking up the Scottish, British and European championships.

Glenn, the son of Kenny and Alison Ross, is dedicated to the pipes, travelling to Glasgow once a week and to Ireland once a month to practice with the band.

This dedication has paid dividends for the local joiner, who works with S. & J. Joiners in Forfar.

Glenn’s piping career started when he was taught by Jack Stewart from Kingsmuir.

He joined the Arbroath Royal British Legion Band before moving to the Drambuie Grade 2 Pipe Band, based at Kirkliston, Edinburgh. At that time he was getting solo lessons from Ian Duncan at Saucher, near Burrelton and, whilst with the band, he won every major championship including the Grade 2 World title in 2005. Glenn lifted several solo prizes at the juvenile level, including winning the Juvenile March Strathspey & Reel at the Northern Meeting.

After two years with Drambuie, Glenn joined the Vale of Atholl Grade 1 Pipe Band in Perth where he played for five years before auditioning with the elite Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band this year.

He also receives solo tuition from Dougie Murray from Cupar.

Proud dad Kenny said: “The band has lifted everything this year. Glenn spoke to the band last year and was auditioned in Glasgow by Pipe Sergeant Alastair Dunn.

“Glenn does this all by himself. He funds all his fuel and flights, he is absolutely dedicated.”

The band’s victorious year has seen them sweep the boards at the Scottish Championships at Dumbarton, the British championships in Annan and the Europeans in Belfast, and now with the world title under their belt they are hoping for a clean sweep with a grand slam at the Cowal Gathering a week on Saturday.

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band is one of the most successful pipe bands in history.

It is one of the leading pipe bands in the world today, and is the most influential and successful pipe band from Northern Ireland ever. Led by Pipe Major Richard Parkes MBE and Drum Sergeant Keith Orr, the band has won every major championship title available to them, including seven coveted World Pipe Band Championships and a colossal 43 major championship titles. The band is representative of Northern Ireland with membership spanning the country, but in recent years has attracted members from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Denmark, France, Scotland, England, and of course the north and south of Ireland, all of whom have travelled great distances specifically to play with the band.

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band remains one of the most consistent and decorated competitive pipe bands in history and though its philosophy has been competition based since its inception over 65 years ago, the band also performs at concerts, festivals, radio and television appearances, recording sessions and civil and social functions.