by Megan Canning | Oct 28, 2013

Andrew Lawson

Blair Brown

Jake Jorgensen

It was a successful day for members of the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band when eight members of the band’s drum corps competed at the World Solo Drumming Championships in Glasgow on 19 October, 2013. Held at Glasgow Caledonian University, the World Solo Drumming is the largest and most significant drumming event on the pipe band calendar, with 197 snare drummers from around the world vying to finish on top in their respective grades. For Shotts and Dykehead, a band known for their strong drum corps over a period of several decades, the day was an opportunity for individual talent within the corps to shine and to go head to head with members of other corps. Of the eight drummers from the band who competed, seven were competing in the Adult grade, and six of the seven made it through to the competitive semi-final section. From there, a further three members made in through to the adult final- Blair Brown, Jake Jorgensen, and Andrew Lawson- more players from a single band than any other band represented on the day. The greatest success would go to Blair Brown, who finished in second place overall to claim the runner-up spot to the big win. This marks Blair’s second time featuring in second place at the event, having previously finished in the same spot in 2011. Congratulations are extended to all members of the Shotts band who competed, and all of the 197 competitors who put in the effort to make the day a great competition.