CoW cream of crop at Colonial Highland Games

Published: May 31, 2012
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Fair Hill, Maryland – May 19, 2012 - Two Grade 2 United States-based bands that have been recently re-graded by the RSPBA went head-to-head at the annual Colonial Highland Games, as City of Washington and New York Metro pitted their talents. Ultimately, it was City of Washington that triumphed over New York Metro.

CoW was moved to Grade 2 after the 2010 season, but competed in Grade 1 in North America in 2011, subsequently applying to compete in Grade 2 as the band redevelops it pipe section. New York Metro was upgraded from Grade 3 after winning the Grade 3B event at the World Pipe Band Championships. New York Metro boasts 32 pipers on its roster.

Bands
Grade 2 (MSR, two competed)
1st City Of Washington (1,1,1,1)
2nd New York Metro (2,2,2,2)

Judges: David Bailiff, Albert McMullin (piping); Reay Mackay (ensemble); Jim Sim (drumming)

Grade 3
MSR (three competed)
1st Ulster Scottish (1,1,1,1)
2nd MacMillan (2,2,2,2)
3rd Greater Richmond (3,3,3,3)

Judges: Calum MacDonald, Marc DuBois (piping); John Bottomley (ensemble); Tom Kee (drumming)

Medley (four competed)
1st Ulster Scottish (2,2,1,1)
2nd MacMillan (1,1,2,3)
3rd Roisin Dubh Irish (3,3,4,2)

Grade 4 (Mini MSR, 13 competed)
1st Carnegie Mellon (1,1,1,3)
2nd Cameron Wash Memorial United (2,2,5,2)
3rd MacMillan-Birtles Memorial (4,3,3,4)

Judges: David Bailiff, Marc DuBois (piping); Reay Mackay (ensemble); Tom Kee (drumming)

Grade 5 (QMM, 10 competed)
1st Tom Hall Memorial (2,3,2,2)
2nd Rockville High School (1,1,1,7)
3rd Old Bridge & District (8,2,7,1)

Solo Piping
Professional (11 competed)
Piobaireachd
1st Nick Hudson
2nd Andrew Bova
3rd Andrew Carlisle

Judge: Jim Stack

MSR
1st Andrew Carlisle
2nd Duncan Bell
3rd Ben McClamrock

Judge: Reay Mackay

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Andrew Carlisle
2nd Duncan Bell
3rd Bobby Durning

Judge: Reay Mackay

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