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The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band was founded in 1945 and forty years later, in 1985, were promoted to Grade 1 where they have become one of the most successful bands in history.

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band

Citation

The píob mhór is an integral part of the story of traditional music in Ireland. The influence of the instrument can be heard in the Donegal fiddle styles and repertoire, for example, and it is part of the distinctive soundscape of traditional music in the North. Pipe bands are an important part of community life in villages, towns and cities throughout the island of Ireland, and bands from Ireland have dominated the pipe band scene at the highest levels globally since the 1990’s.

One Ulster band in particular stands out as a leader, innovator and standard-setter on the world stage. On this first visit by Gradam Ceoil to Belfast, TG4 is delighted to recognise the unparalleled success and achievements of one band.

Eleven times World Champions, and with more than twenty All-Ireland titles, this band as brought Irish traditional music to audiences and peers across the world, and have set standards of excellence that others aspire to. Gradam Ceoil TG4 recognises and acknowledges the excellence and commitment that artists invest in traditional music, and also the breadth and scope of our community of musicians, composers and listeners. It represents the very best of these values and this special Gradam Ceoil award celebrates their contribution to strengthening, enriching and promoting traditional music within Ireland and on the world stage.

This Gradam Speisialta/Special Award goes to The Field Marshal Montgormery Pipe Band under the leadership of Richard Parkes MBE.

Biog

The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band was founded in 1945 and forty years later, in 1985, were promoted to Grade 1 where they have become one of the most successful bands in history. Richard Parkes joined the band, with his brother Gordon, in 1969 and in 1979 Gordon took over as drum major and in 1981 Richard became Pipe Major. This was the beginning of a remarkable journey that has seen the band progress to the very top of the pipe band world, and set new standards of excellence in musicianship. Eleven times World Champions, and with more than twenty All-Ireland titles, the FMM have brought Irish traditional music to audiences and peers across the world, and have set standards of excellence that others aspire to.

Under Richard’s artistic direction and leadership, the band has expanded the repertoire and innovated in the arrangement of traditional music for pipe bands, and remains committed to the inclusion of new compositions. The Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band stands out as a leader, innovator and standard-setter on the world stage.

The píob mhór is an integral part of the story of traditional music in Ireland. The influence of the instrument can be heard in the Donegal fiddle styles and repertoire, for example, and it is part of the distinctive soundscape of traditional music in the North.  Pipe bands are an important part of community life in villages, towns and cities throughout the island of Ireland, and bands from Ireland have dominated the pipe band scene at the highest levels globally since the 1990’s.

On this first visit by Gradam Ceoil to Belfast, TG4 is delighted to recognise the unparalleled success and achievements of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe band under the leadership of Richard Parkes MBE.  Gradam Ceoil recognises and acknowledges the excellence and commitment that artists invest in traditional music, and also the breadth and scope of our community of musicians, composers and listeners.  The FMM represents the very best of these values and this special Gradam Ceoil award celebrates their contribution to strengthening, enriching and promoting traditional music within Ireland and on the world stage.

The band has released five albums including Impact (2016), Re:Charged (2007), Rewind:Replay (2008), Unplugged ( 2002 ), Live in Concert (1996), and Début (1991).

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