Lyttelton Manor Gathering goes to African Skye

Published: April 14, 2014
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Pretoria, South Africa – April 12, 2014 – The South African Pipe Band season started on a beautiful, warm autumn day, perfect for piping at the Lyttelton Manor Gathering. From all accounts, the standard across the grades was noticeably higher than previous years. African Skye Pipe Band started the year off with an almost clean sweep obtaining seven firsts and a third. Benoni MacTalla, after losing their Leading-Drummer to WAPOL in March this year, did well under the new Leading-Drummer Theo van Wyk. The Pipe-Major and Leading-Drummer of Benoni also compete, respectively, with the Grade 1 Auckland & District and Manawatu Scottish of New Zealand.

Members of the African Skye Pipe Band celebrate a solid result: L-R: Leading-Drummer Steve St Clair Hall, Pipe-Sergeant Gavin Abell, Sean Maher, Pipe-Major Damien Pitman, and Gareth Rudolph.

The Pipe Band Association of South Africa has been investing time and effort to align themselves with overseas standards and this year sees the introduction of separate judging tents at competitions and quarterly Judging seminars in order to develop and maintain a high standard of judging.

Grade 2
1st African Sky (Medley: 1,1,1,3) (MSR: 1,1,1,1)
2nd Benoni MacTalla (Medley: 2,3,2,4) (MSR: 2,2,3,4)
3rd Richmond Avenue (piping pref) (Medley: 3,2,4,2) (MSR: 4,4,2,3)
4th Transvaal Scottish (Medley: 4,4,3,1) (MSR: 3,3,4,2)

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

Grade 4
1st African Skye Grade 4
2nd Lyttelton Manor
3rd Pretoria Highlanders
4th Transvaal Scottish Grade 4

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

Novice Juvenile
1st Jeppe CBC Boksburg
2nd Cornwall Hill College

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