African Skye marches on at De la Salle

Published: June 2, 2014
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AfricanSkye_logoDe la Salle, South Africa – May 31, 2014 – A sunny and warm winter’s day marked the midway point of the South African pipe band contest season, with African Skye making it four wins in four contests, taking the De la Salle Highland Gathering. The Transvaal Scottish drum section, however, remains unbeaten.

Grade 2
Medley
1st African Skye (Gr2) (1,1,3,1)
2nd Benoni MacTalla (3,2,1,3)
3rd Transvaal Scottish (Gr2) (2,3,2,2)
Judges: Laurence Davies,Geoff Irvine (piping); Ewen Gilchrist (ensemble); Dave Jeffrey (drumming)

MSR
1st African Skye (Gr2) (1,1,2,2)
2nd Transvaal Scottish (Gr2) (3,2,1,1)
3rd Benoni MacTalla (2,3,3,3)
Judges: Roy Blevins,David Harris (piping); Roger Davies (ensemble); Duncan Tee (drumming)

The Grade 2 African Skye looking confident at De la Salle [Photo: C. Holz]

Grade 3
1st Glen Allen
2nd Sandton Scottish
3rd SA Irish

Grade 4
1st Transvaal Scottish (Gr4)
2nd Lyttelton Manor
3rd African Skye (Gr4)
4th Pretoria Highlanders
5th De La Salle Combined

Juvenile
1st Pretoria Boys Juvenile
2nd St Benedict’s Juvenile
3rd Benoni Juvenile

Novice Juvenile
1st Jeppe CBC Boksburg
2nd Benoni Novice Juvenile

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
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