Harper, Mackay; Page, Litherland winners in A, B Toronto Amateur Knockout Finals RATING
Callum Harper won the A Division for Grade 1 and 2 amateur solo pipers, and Gavin Mackay came out on top in the B Division for Grade 3 and 4 pipers at the annual Toronto Amateur Knockout Final, after several rounds of qualifying heats. In the snare drumming . . .
Dougie Murray wheels in Pipe-Majors contest RATING
Douglas Murray of Fife, Scotland, was named the overall winner of the annual Pipe-Majors Wheel of Fortune competition, organized by the City of Edinburgh Pipe Band, and held at a packed Danderhall Miners Club, near Edinburgh. After spins of the Golden Chanter, Murray had to play . . .
Winnipeg Police lay charge on Winnipeg Festival RATING
Fifteen bands competed at the 21st annual Winnipeg Scottish Festival, bringing a large solo piping and drumming entry and strong spectator turnout to the indoor event. The Winnipeg Police Pipe Band won both Grade 3 events and won the . . .
Queen Mary launches 2014 Western US season voyage RATING
The 21st annual Queen Mary Scottish Festival once again marked the first outdoor event of the piping and drumming season for the western United States, with temperatures in the upper twenties. Sixteen bands and more than 125 solo competitors . . .
By winning the light music and coming second in the piobaireachd, Callum Beaumont of Bo'ness, Scotland, emerged as the overall winner of the 2014 Metro Cup Highland Bagpipe Championship, the annual event at the . . .
Kimove comes up roses at Metro Express Valentine's contest RATING
Kaitlin Kimove of Stoney Creek, Ontario, was the big winner at the Metro Express Amateur Competition, taking both of the Grade 1 events. The event was the start of the Metro Express workshop weekend, which also features the Metro Cup professional solo piping events on February 15th.
Frewen far between at first Northcote Invitational RATING
Martin Frewen of Auckland won both events at the first Auckland & District Pipe Band Northcote Invitational Challenge Solo Piping Competition, which required contestants to play a double MSR and a Freestyle Medley. The contest was held in an . . .
Frewen, Easton, Crowe, Samu ring in Waipu New Year success RATING
The 143rd Annual Waipu Highland Games were both the last piping and drumming events of 2013 and the first of 2014, with Martin Frewen of Auckland enjoying the most solo piping success, and Nathan Samu and Angus Crowe on top in the solo snare drumming. Frewen won five of the six Grade-A piping events, including the Helen McGregor Memorial Solo Piping recital on New Year's Eve. Angus Crowe won the second annual Robert Turner Drumming Championship . . .
Canterbury Caledonian wins again at Palmerston North Square Day RATING
Canterbury Caledonian continued its success at the annual Jenny Mair Square Day competition at Palmerston North Square. Canterbury won first overall, taking both piping and drumming titles. Earlier in the year the band won the New Zealand Pipe Band Championship. The Square Day contests were started in 1980 and are held on the second Saturday in December. The events have gained a reputation for being relaxed and well run, and generally regarded, especially at Grade 1 level, as the most important New Zealand contest outside of the annual national championship.
(HD videos) Sherriff Invitational 2013 Champion: Aaron Stone RATING
Aaron Stone of Auburn, Washington, scored two firsts and a third to capture the overall title at the 2013 George Sherriff Amateur Invitational Memorial Solo Piping Competition, held at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in downtown Hamilton, Ontario. Organized by the Niagara-Hamilton Branch of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, The eighteenth annual edition of the competition put together 10 of the year's most successful amateur solo pipers from around North America. Stay tuned to pipes|drums for high definition video and audio of the MSR event at the 2013 Sherriff . . .
London: MacLeod wins sixth Bratach Gorm; Speirs takes second Open Piob RATING
Roddy MacLeod won his sixth Bratach Gorm for piobaireachd at the annual Scottish Piping Society of London solo competitions, and thus became the second to qualify for the 2014 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships next October. The other qualifier, the winner of this year's Glenfiddich, Iain Speirs, won the Gillies Cup – the Open Piobaireachd competition. The Bratach Gorm is reserved for pipers graded "Premier" by the Competing Pipers Association, while the Open Piobaireachd . . .
The fortieth annual Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championship was won by Iain Speirs of Edinburgh, his second consecutive win of the award. The event pits 10 of the most successful solo piping competitors together in a qualifying process from the major events in the United Kingdom. In the overall standings, Stuart Liddell was second and Willie McCallum third.
Ben McClamrock of Baltimore was the winner of the 2013 Livingstone Invitational Solo Piping Competition, held at the Officers' Mess at James Street Armoury, the headquarters of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. McClamrock competed against Ed Bush, Cardinal, Ontario; Ann Gray, Calgary; Derek Midgley, Mill Town, New Jersey; and Glenn Walpole, Kincardine, Ontario. Jamie Troy of Victoria, British Columbia, had to withdraw and did not attend. Competitors, each of whom received an appearance fee . . .
McWhirter wins third straight and fourth career World Solo Drumming title RATING
Steven McWhirter gained his third consecutive World Solo Pipe Band Drumming Championship at another large event at Glasgow Caledonian Univistry. It was the fourth time overall that the leading-drummer of the Grade 1 Inveraray & District Pipe Band achieved the award.
Andrew Mackay of Kitchener, Ontario, was the overall winner of the 2013 Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition, the 31st annual rendition of the contest, held at the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The competition featured . . .
McCready wins overall at new Capt. John A. MacLellan MBE Piping Championship RATING
Gordon McCready of Renfrew, Scotland, was the overall winner at the new solo piping competition organized by and held at the Army School of Piping in Edinburgh. One competitor commented that it was an "Absolutely top-drawer event, probably the . . .
Coyle, McMichael, McNicholl on top at All-Ireland solos RATING
A strong turnout of pipers and drummers attended the All-Ireland solo competitions at Trinity Comprehensive in Ballymun. Kris Coyle and Ashley McMichael, both players with Field Marshal Montgomery, won the top piping prizes, while Chris McNicholl took the big drumming award . . .
14th Springbank Invitational goes to MacColl RATING
Angus MacColl was the overall winner at the fourteenth annual Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Competition, the only contestant to get a prize in all three events. The contest was held at the Seafield Hotel.
Greenlees, Gandy outlast others at Braemar marathon RATING
It was a long day for solo pipers and judges at the annual Royal Braemar Highland Gathering, and competitors who played in the late afternoon and evening had to contend with cold and damp, with wet drones an extra challenge. The events finished at 7 pm, and organizers have been asked . . .
Pipers: The golden rule when working with a reed is, "You can always take material off the cane, but you cannot put it back." So, remember, when removing the slightest amount of material, blow the reed again.