Dedication and lots of practice paid off for Richhill teenager Jason Price when he was voted world champion juvenile drum major at the ‘Worlds’ competition in Scotland on Sunday.
Jason (18), who has been a drum major and member of Marlacoo Pipe band for five years, impressed the judges in both the marching and flourishing sections to clinch the top title.
Despite being up against competitors from countries such as South Africa, New Zealand and America, the Portadown College student held his nerve and give a winning performance.
And, of course, it helped that he had won the previous three major competitions - the Scottish, British and European.
Now with the world title under his belt, he just has to secure the final major, the Cowal Championships, to make a it a grand slam.
He said, “I was very nervous but I knew I had a good chance of winning. You are under a lot of pressure but I was very happy with how it went.”
Jason, who has just finished his A-Levels at the College and will be taking up a place at Stranmillis in September to do primary school teaching, practises three nights a week as well as taking part in competitions every Saturday.
He added, “This is my fifth year and I have been trying to perfect myself up to this stage. The higher you throw the stick the more marks you get, and you also get higher placing if you have a good variety of throws.
“I am delighted about winning the Worlds - it has been my dream for so long. I was runner-up last year so I was determined to achieve the title this year.”
Jason has thanked senior drum major Brian Wilson and Andrea McKeown, who takes the Tandragee class, for all their help.
He has his sights firmly set on winning the Cowal Championships in September and is also hoping for success in the Champion of Champions in Portrush tomorrow (Saturday), as well as being the face of Belfast Tattoo for 2014.