MWPBA completes regional solo series at Palatine finals

Published: April 10, 2014
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Palatine, Illinois – April 5 – The Midwest Pipe Band Association held the final in its series of regional solo competitions with the Terry McHugh Memorial Piping Championship and Jim Enright Sr. Memorial Drumming Championship. The event was the culmination of a winter of six events across the Midwest United States for amateur pipers and drummers in all amateur grades. The other qualifying events were in Alma, Michigan; St. Paul; Milwaukee; Lexington, Kentucky; St. Louis; and Cleveland. The top three in each grade advanced to the finals. The judge for all piping events was Ian Swinton and Jim Enright Jr. for all drumming.

Solo Piping
Grade 1
1st Jack Williamson
2nd Tony Karcz
3rd Bonnie Hamilton

Grade 2
1st Wes Williams
2nd Nolan Ryan
3rd Bryan Jirsa

Grade 3
1st Griffin Hall
2nd Angus Martin
3rd Patrick Higgins

Grade 4
1st Calum MacNeil
2nd Anthony Howe
3rd Alice Ohlinger

Sr. Novice
1st Jocob Schrader
2nd Michael McCully

Jr. Novice
1st Thomas Johnson

Solo Snare Drumming
Grade 3
1st Ian McDonald

Grade 4
1st Reed Brack
2nd Mike Reda

Tenor
Intermediate
1st Brianna McDonald
2nd Sydney Sievewright
3rd Shanna McDoanld

Novice
1st Grace Keppel

Bass
Advanced

1st Michael Keppel

Novice
1st Chris Eller

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TIP OF THE DAY
Pipers should avoid memorizing their music until the tune can be played from start to finish, fluidly, without error and at full speed. Once you memorize your music, it will become your reference every time you play. If your memory of the music has flaws in it, through repetition, you will permanently cement these flaws in your playing. Memorization is similar to the wood stain that would be added when building a bookcase – it would be the final touch to a finished product.
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