Complete final day results from Argyllshire Gathering: Drummond, Dunn, Smith, McClamrock, A.Gandy take the firsts

Published: August 31, 2012
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Oban, Scotland – August 23, 2012 - The final day of the Argyllshire Gathering saw the traditional march to the games, with 2012 Oban Gold Medallist Finlay Johnston in the pipe-major’s spot, leading some 38 fellow competitors, the Argyllshire aristocracy trundling behind. The outdoor A- and B-Grade light music competitions are held on platforms at each corner of Mossfield Park, among bouncy castles, diesel generators and track and field events.

A-Grade
March
1st Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh
2nd Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
3rd Craig Muirhead, Glasgow
4th Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland
5th Andrew Carlisle, Pittsburgh

Judges: Iain MacLellan, Hugh MacAllum, John Wilson

Strathspey & Reel
1st Alastair Dunn, Glasgow
2nd Ryan Canning, Glasgow
3rd Cameron Drummond
4th Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland
5th Fred Morrison, Bishopton, Scotland

Judges: Walter Cowan, Willie Morrison, R. Wallace

B-Grade
March
1st Innes Smith
2nd Graham Drummond
3rd David Wilton
4th Ben McClamrock
5th Greig Wilson

Judges: Andrew Frater, Colin MacLellan, Tom Speirs

Strathspey & Reel
1st Ben McClamrock
2nd Jonathan Graham
3rd Gavin Ferguson
4th David Wilton
5th Xavier Boderiou

Judges: Iain MacFadyen, Ronnie McShannon, Jack Taylor

Open Jig
1st Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
2nd Alastair Dunn
3rd Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland
4th Andrew Carlisle
5th Ben McClamrock, Baltimore

Judges: Jimmy Banks, Stuart Shedden, Bob Worrall

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TIP OF THE DAY
Quality reed selection is a pre-requisite to obtaining a good tone in a pipe corps. Four criteria to consider when testing reeds are balance, vibrancy, volume and strength. Check the High A Low A balance against a single sounding tenor drone – if these two notes are in the ballpark chances are the rest of the notes can be tuned.
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