Darren on top of the world

Darren with the trophy at the worlds in Glasgow
Darren with the trophy at the worlds in Glasgow

Girvan drummer Darren Mitchell is on top of the world after recently becoming a world champion.

Darren is a snare drummer with Johnstone Pipe Band who won the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 3A at the recent event held at Glasgow Green.

Darren at the world championships

Darren at the world championships

The band also collected the World Drum Corps title, which is their fourth championship title this season, having also won the UK, British and Scottish drumming titles.

Darren said: “Its always been my dream to win The Worlds and it felt as good as I imagined it would.”

Northern Ireland’s Field Marshall Montgomery Pipe Band were once again been crowned World Pipe Band Champions at Glasgow Green, their fourth title in a row.

The runners up were Scotland’s Inverary and District Pipe Band, with third place going to St Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band from Ireland.

The event, which has been associated with Glasgow for more than 60 years, drew people from all over the world to see 8000 of the very best pipers and drummers compete. Over the course of the event, some 30,000 people attended Glasgow Green.

This year over 220 bands were due at Glasgow Green for the World Pipe Band Championships with the newly crowned World Champions being announced after two days of fierce competition.

The Worlds ended with the amazing spectacle of the thousands of pipers and drummers who had been competing throughout the day taking part in a march past, taking the salute of the Chieftain, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Sadie Docherty before the world champions were crowned in front of thousands of piping fans.

The World Pipe Band Championships is organised by Glasgow Life on behalf of The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow City Council and is supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau and EventScotland.

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer for EventScotland said: “The World Pipe Band Championships has once again proven that Scotland is the perfect stage for major events. The event is a wonderful celebration and showcase of Scottish heritage and culture, and with huge crowds spectating, the impacts for the city and country will be significant. Along with Piping Live!, The World’s puts Scotland at the centre of the global piping community and we are proud to host the world’s biggest celebration of piping each year.”