Callum Beaumont wins 2014 Metro Cup

Published: February 17, 2014
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Newark, New Jersey – February 15, 2014 - 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 Ramada Inn organized by the Metro New York Branch of the EUSPBA. Prizes in each event were 1st: $1000, 2nd: $600, 3rd: $400, 4th: $200, 5th: $100. The winner received a gold medal valued at $1,700. Competitors based in Scotland won nine of the 10 prizes. In the Pipe-Major George M. Bell Memorial Amateur Piping Championship, Mary Wallace was the overall winner.
Piobaireachd
1st Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “abel MacKay”
2nd Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland, “Ronald MacDonald of Morar’s Lament”
3rd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Big Spree”
4th Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “The End of the Great Bridge”
5th Alastair Dunn, Glasgow, “Melbank’s Salute”
Medley
1st Callum Beaumont
2nd Angus MacColl
3rd Alastair Dunn
4th Chris Armstrong, Glasgow
5th Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Also competing but not in the prizes: Glenn Brown, Andrew Carlisle, Margaret Dunn, Alex Gandy, Andrew Hayes, Dan Lyden, Derek Midgley, James P. Troy and Gordon Walker.
The judges for both events were Donald MacPhee, John Wassman and Bill Wotherspoon.
Amateur P-M George Bell Championship
Piobaireachd
1st Tyler Johnson
2nd Mary Wallace
3rd Jacob Lindler
Judge: Bruce Gandy
MSR (Tommy Brancella Memorial)
1st Carl Donley
2nd Jacob Lindler
3rd Mary Wallace
Judge: Alex Gandy

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