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Andrew Bonar recovering following emergency brain surgery

Published: November 9, 2014

Andrew Bonar in a 2011 photo.

Andrew Bonar, one of the best pipers ever to emerge from North America, is recovering remarkably well following a lengthy operation on November 4th to remove a tumour from the left side of his brain.

After weeks of trying to identify what was causing problems with balance, headaches and coordination, specialists finally diagnosed the tumour. The 48-year-old native and resident of Vancouver was rushed to the complicated procedure, which resulted in removal of a deeply embedded golf ball-sized growth.

Within only days, though, Bonar was release from hospital, having regained balance and coordination, and with what appears to be no loss of brain function.

Bonar competing at the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.

He was able to enjoy the 10th birthday party for his daughter, Kate, on November 8th.

Andrew Bonar is one of the most accomplished pipers to come out of British Columbia. Except for a stint in 1991-’92 with the Grade 1 78th Fraser Highlanders when he was studying to become an air traffic controller, Bonar has been with the Grade 1 Simon Fraser University Pipe Band since 1980, competing at the World Pipe Band Championships 29 times, being in the prize-list 25 times, and winning the big prize with the band six times.

As a solo piper Bonar has captured many top prizes, including the British Columbia Pipers Association Professional Knockout seven times and a record 20 times as a finalist, the MacCrimmon Cairn for piobaireachd four times at the BCPA’s Annual Gathering, four times BCPA Grand Aggregate winner, and in 2010 won the Silver Medal at the Northern Meeting.

Only a few months ago, Bonar competed with SFU at the World Pipe Band Championships, and as a soloist at the Northern Meeting.

Bonar said that he faces much more medical treatment on the road to full recovery, but added, “I still plan on teaching and playing my chanter. While the brain is readjusting, I have no immediate plans to be blowing up the big pipe.”

Bonar is one of the most-liked and smartest people in the piping and drumming world. He has worked as an air traffic controller at Vancouver’s main control centre for aircraft for 20 years.

A few of his extraordinary tricks are the ability to play full tunes backwards and switch hands while playing. Aside from his piping skills, he is celebrated for an uncanny ability to recall minute facts and figures from his 40 years in piping.

On behalf of the piping and drumming world, we wish Andrew Bonar a full and fast recovery.

Worrall, MacDonald made Life Members by PPBSO

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Bob Worrall at home with his PPBSO Life Member Award.

The Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario awarded an Honourary Life Membership to Bob Worrall and Charlie MacDonald at the organization’s annual general meeting in Brantford, Ontario, on November 8th. The award is the highest given by the organization and is specifically for contributions to the PPBSO.

Worrall is known throughout the piping world for his work as a teacher, adjudicator, organizer, host and performer. During his years as a dominant competitor from 1971 to 1984, he won 12 Solo Champion Supreme awards, given to overall competitive success over a season, and he was one of the first non-Scottish pipers to make a strong mark in Scotland, in 1977 winning both the March and the Strathspey & Reel at the Northern Meeting.

With the PPBSO he was instrumental in establishing the organization’s judging accreditation process, which has been used as a model around the world. He served in various elected and appointed positions with the PPBSO, including more than 15 years with its Music Board.

In 1995 he worked to start the George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition, which has become one of the most important events for amateur pipers around the world. The 19th annual “Sherriff” will take place on November 15th in Hamilton, Ontario.

In 1987, Worrall was one of the first non-UK judges to be approved to adjudicate pipe bands in Scotland. Since that time he has been a regular judge at the World Pipe Band Championships, and, more recently, is a frequent adjudicator of top solo piing contests in the UK.

Worrall has taught piping locally to individuals and around the world in workshop settings, with many of his students rising to the top levels of competition. Over the last 10 years he has been a frequent host of piping and drumming events, most noteworthy as co-host of BBC Scotland’s live streaming broadcast of the World Pipe Band Championships.

Charlie MacDonald’s contributions to the organization have involved holding every executive-level position, and was President from 2009-2011. Over the years MacDonald contributed to many important initiatives, including the redevelopment of the organization’s bylaws, moving it to a more professionally structured, business-like entity.

A piper, MacDonald was a member of the Grade 1 St. Thomas / McNish Distillery Pipe Band from the late-1960s to early-1980s, and was pipe-major of the Downsview Pipe Band. He also competed in the Open solo category for many years.

He serves as the PPBSO’s historian, and is known for his attention to detail as the longest-serving member of the organization’s executive committee.

Worrall and MacDonald were presented with their Life Member Awards by PPBSO President Duncan MacRae.

 

pipes|drums sponsors Shotts Junior trophies

Published: November 6, 2014

pipesdrums-logo-smallThe nonprofit pipes|drums Magazine is stepping up to sponsor two trophies at the Shotts & Dykehead Junior Piping & Drumming Championship on November 29th at Calderhead High School in North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

The hardware for both the overall 18-and-under and 15-and-under solo piping categories will be made possible via a cash donation from pipes|drums, along additional merchandise prizes from sponsors such as Naill Bagpipes and R.G. Hardie.

In addition, all first-prize winners in each piping and drumming event will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the online magazine. The organizers are not presenting overall trophies for the drumming events, but other trophies for individual contests are being provided by the North Lanarkshire Council.

“We’re always pleased to give back when we can, and the new Shotts Junior event is a perfect fit, and we wish the band and the competitors nothing but success with the contest,” said pipes|drums publisher Andrew Berthoff.

The 2014 Shotts & Dykehead Junior Championship is the first year for the Grade 1 band’s new event.

The sponsorship is the latest contribution from pipes|drums to nonprofit piping and drumming causes, made possible from proceeds from subscriptions to and advertising in the magazine. Other sponsorships include the Edinburgh Local Mod, the Nicol-Brown Memorial and the George Sherriff Memorial.

 

 

Shotts on tap for May 2015 Aberdeen concert

Published: November 5, 2014

Shotts_Bucksburn_Concert_Poster_2014_smallThere’s perhaps no bigger turnaround story in pipe bands in recent years than the one told by Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia, which in 2012 was on the brink of collapse and in 2014 regained prominence and presence with consistent prizes in RSPBA major championships, including getting in the list at the 2014 World’s.

So it’s fitting that the band’s May 2, 2015, concert at the Aberdeen Music Hall in Aberdeen is called “Reinvented.”

The annual spring concert put on by the Bucksburn & District Pipe Band organization, which comprises a Grade 2 band and a feeder group, has also quickly risen to prominence on the Scottish pipe band performance calendar.

The fifth annual North of Scotland Pipe Band Concert by Shotts follows successful shows by Field Marshal Montgomery, Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia and St. Laurence O’Toole.

“Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band are delighted to have been asked to take part in Bucksburn & District’s widely acclaimed, and now annual, Aberdeen concert,” said Shotts Pipe-Major Ryan Canning. “For us, this is the perfect opportunity to get Shotts back on a concert stage for the first time in many years. It’s another big step forward for the band as we work on developing a brand new concert repertoire, which we’re excited to debut in May.”

Canning was made pipe-major of the band in 2012 after the sudden departure of Gavin Walker in July of that year. A native of Northern Ireland, Canning was a member of Field Marshal Montgomery for many years before joining Shotts, bringing with him several high-profile pipers and drummers.

“Every concert to date has given something very special to the Northeast of Scotland and ‘Reinvented’ will be no different with the current World Drumming champions adding to what I’m sure will be extra special for the drumming lovers in the audience,” said Bucksburn President Gus McAskill. “Ryan and [Leading-Drummer Jim Kilpatrick] have reinvented the band and continue to build on their success from 2014 with the band’s first live concert in years. Ryan has given Shotts a new lease of life with his enthusiasm, knowledge and of course his reputation as one of the most popular composers working today. It’s going to be another fantastic night.”

Shotts & Dykehead has not staged a full concert since Pipe-Major Robert Mathieson ran the band, when it regularly performed and recorded new music.

The Bucksburn & District organization is one of Scotland’s longest running bands and a staple in the northeast of Scotland. The group’s Grade 2 and Juvenile bands typically take the stage for part of the concert.

Tickets are priced at £19 and £17 and are available from the Aberdeen Box Office.

Jack Lee wins Bratach; Bruce Gandy takes Gillies Piobaireachd at London

Published: November 1, 2014

Jack Lee

London – November 1, 2014 – The traditional annual solo piping competitions put on by the Scottish Pipers Society of London took place at the Kensington Conference & Events Centre. Jack Lee won the Bratach Gorm, the biggest piobaireachd award of the event, and thus gained an invitation to the 2015 Glenfiddich Championship, while Bruce Gandy took the Gillies Cup for Premier and A-Grade Piobaireachd.

It was the third time in Lee’s piping career that he gained the Bratach Gorm, which is reserved for winners of the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal and other elite events.

Callum Beaumont of Bo’ness, Scotland, was the Champion Pioer of the event, and Sarah Muir of Inveraray, Scotland, won the overall A-Grade trophy.

Noted and applauded by several competitors: adjudicator Ronnie McShannon asked to move to judge a different competition when a pupil was competing in the Bratach Gorm. While the Competing Pipers Association’s policies include asking competitors to govern themselves when competing before their instructor, competitions and judges rarely enforce it themselves. Organizer Roddy Livingstone said that a competitor offered to withdraw from an event when a familiar member was judging, but that judges, too, was able to move to a non-conflicting event.

Piobaireachd
Bratach Gorm
(Premier Grade)
1st Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, “Lament for the Laird of Anapool”
2nd Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland
3rd Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow
4th Glenn Brown, Glasgow
5th Callum Beaumont
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Bob Worrall, Bill Wotherspoon

Gilles Cup (Premier, A-Grade)
1st Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
2nd Iain Speirs, Edinburgh
3rd Roddy MacLeod
4th Cameron Drummond, Perth, Scotland
5th Callum Beaumont
Judges: Ian Duncan, Malcolm McRae, Stuart Shedden

R.G. Lawrie Snuff Mull (A-Grade)
1st Innes Smith, Bridge of Allan, Scotland
2nd Jamie Forrester, London
3rd Bill Geddes, Dumfries, Scotland
4th Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh
5th Peter McCallister, Dunblane, Scotland
Judges: Roddy Livingstone, Tom Speirs

John Roe Plate (B-Grade)
1st Ed McIlwaine, Vancouver
2nd Matt Fraser
3rd Sandy Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland
4th Sarah Muir
5th Peter Hunt, Stevenston, Scotland
Judges: Neill Mulvie, Andrew Wright

National Piping Centre Trophy (C-Grade)
1st Bruce MacDonald
2nd John McElmurry
3rd Roger Huth
4th Duncan Beattie
5th Callum Moffat
Judges: Alan Forbes, Ronnie McShannon

Light Music
London Medallion MSR (Premier Grade)
1st Callum Beaumont
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
3rd James Murray, Perth, Australia
4th Iain Speirs
5th Bruce Gandy
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Iain MacLellan, John Wilson

J.B. Robertson Rose Bowl 2/4 March (Premier Grade)
1st Douglas Murray, Cupar, Scotland
2nd Andrew Hayes, Ottawa
3rd Chris Armstrong, Airth Scotland
4th Willie McCallum
5th Bruce Gandy
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Andrew Frater

Strachan Cup MSR (A-Grade)
1st Steven Gray, Locherbie, Scotland
2nd Sarah Muir
3rd Graham Drummond, Bathgate, Scotland
4th Andrew Lee Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
5th Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Ian MacLellan, John Wilson

London Scottish Hodden Grey MSR (B-Grade)
1st Ross Miller
2nd Andy Wilson
3rd Calum Moffat
4th Faye Henderson
5th Sandy Cameron
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Andrew Frater

Robert Crabb Memorial MSR (C-Grade)
1st Duncan Beattie
2nd Matt Fraser
3rd Glenn Ross
4th Rachel Corr
5th Jacob Dicker
Judges: Walter Cowan, Tom Johnstone

Mary Flora Beaton Cup Hornpipe & Jig (Premier-Grade)
1st Chris Armstrong
2nd Andrew Hayes
3rd Willie McCallum
Judges: Barry Donaldson, Andrew Frater

Donald Forbes Medal Hornpipe & Jig (A-Grade)
1st Sara Muir
2nd Stephen Gray
3rd Andrew Lee
Judges: Roddy Livingstone, Tom Speirs

Hugh MacMillan Trophy Hornpipe & Jig (B-Grade)
1st David Shedden
2nd Emmett Conway
3rd Anna Kummerlow
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Bob Worrall, Bill Wotherspoon

C-Grade Hornpipe & Jig
1st Fraser Allison
2nd Glenn Ross
3rd Duncan Beattie
Judges: Walter Cowan, Tom Johnstone

MacKenzie and Wilson win everything in New Zealand

Published: October 30, 2014

Alasdair MacKenzie

Christchurch – October 25-26, 2014 – Alasdair MacKenzie and Greg Wilson enjoyed stellar results at the annual Silver Chanter solo piping competitions, organized by the Highland Piping Society of Canterbury. Unlike the piobaireachd contest held in Skye in August, the New Zealand Silver Chanter is a March, Strathspey & Reel. MacKenzie won the Silver Chanter on the Saturday and followed with a win of the Clasp for former winners of the Silver Chanter on the Sunday. He was one of only a few to achieve the feat. Greg Wilson won all of the A-Grade solo piping events.

Silver Chanter MSR
1st Alasdair MacKenzie
2nd Angus Hawke
3rd Willie Rowe
4th Mike Redmond
Judge: Iain Blakely, Euan MacCrimmon, Brian Switalla

Former Winners Clasp MSR
1st Alasdair MacKenzie
2nd Jamie Hawke
3rd Greg Wilson
Judge: Nigel Foster, Euan MacCrimmon, Phil Mair

A-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Greg Wilson
2nd Stuart Easton
3rd Liam Kernaghan
4th Marion Horsburgh

March
1st Greg Wilson
2nd Stuart Easton
3rd Liam Kernaghan
4th Jamie Hawke

Strathspey & Reel
1st Greg Wilson
2nd Liam Kernaghan
3rd Stuart Easton
4th Jamie Hawke

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Greg Wilson
2nd Stuart Easton
3rd Liam Kernaghan
4th Jamie Hawke

Iain Blakely, Nigel Foster, Philip Mair and Brian Switalla judged the A-Grade events.

London goes “modern” with Bratach in 2015

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SPSL-logoA day before the Scottish Piping Society of London’s annual competitions on November 1st, the organization has announced the 2015 Bratach Gorm piobaireachd – the contest’s signature event – will shift to a list of tunes composed in the last 100 years, considered “modern” by ceol mor standards.

“The background to this decision dates back to the London Competition 2012, after which a conversation took place with a couple of senior adjudicators,” organizer Roddy Livingstone said. “It was commented that the ‘Bratach Gorm’ was an event of a consistently high standard usually attracting between 15 and 20 of the world’s premier solo competitors. However, as the event allowed competitors to submit seven tunes of their own choice, there was a tendency for pipers to submit pieces with which they were very familiar and which adjudicators and audiences had heard from the contestants a number of times before.”

Next year the elite pipers who qualify for the Bratach Gorm by having won one of the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal at Inverness or Oban and other top contests, will have to submit four from the list of modern tunes:

  • “A Lament for Angus Campbell” by Archibald Campbell
  • “Am Bratach Gorm” by Captain John A. MacLellan
  • “A Son’s Salute to His Parents” by Donald MacLeod
  • “Ceol Na Mara” (The Music of the Sea) by John M. MacKenzie
  • “Farewell to the Queen’s Ferry” by John A. MacLellan
  • “Lament for John MacDonald, Inverness” by Donald MacLeod
  • “Lament for the Earl of Seafield” by Willie MacLean
  • “Lament for the Iolaire” by Donald MacLeod
  • “Salute to James Campbell” by Archie Kenneth
  • “The Raising of the Standard at Glenfinnan” by Hugh MacCallum

In addition to the printed collections in which the tunes might have already been published, they will be made available from the SPSL and Piobaireachd Society.

The Bratach Gorm means “blue banner” in Gaelic.

“The Scottish Piping Society of London has always tried to encourage piping to the highest standards whilst also maintaining the identity of ‘London’ as being slightly different from Oban or Inverness,” Livingstone added. “In order to move forward with this environment we looked to ways in which we could encourage and promote the playing less well known tunes, providing a ‘stretch’ for these top competitors.”

He said that the list of tunes was determined in consultation with a number of people who included senior judges, Premier-Grade solo pipers, and the Piobaireachd Society, and that they reflect compositions that “have enjoyed a reasonable degree of exposure over the last 20 or so years, with other tunes which we believed to be of merit that have not enjoyed the same level of popularity.”

In 2008 the Piobaireachd Society set a selection of tunes composed in the 20th century for the major competitions, and the move was seen by many as a breakthrough for the typically tradition-bound organization.

Livingstone said that the format for the Bratach Gorm competition has not yet been determined for 2016 and beyond.

“The Bratach” is the first qualifying competition for the Glenfiddich Piping Championship, aside from the winner of the Glenfiddich itself, who, in 2014, was Stuart Liddell.

 

 

(Updated) Glenfiddich Greats: images of pipers at the Blair Castle competition

Published: October 26, 2014

pipes|drums is indebted to photographer Derek Maxwell and the organizers of the 2014 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships for sharing the following sensational photos of the contestants at the event, held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland, on October 25th.

Here they are by order of last name. Just click on each to see the full-sized photo. (We did not receive a picture of Angus MacColl, and will add it if we do.)

Bruce Gandy [photo: Derek Maxwell]

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2014 Glenfiddich Champion: Stuart Liddell

Published: October 25, 2014

Stuart Liddell with the Glenfiddich Championship overall trophy. [Photo Derek Maxwell]

Blair Atholl, Scotland – October 25, 2014 – Stuart Liddell won the 2014 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship at a stowed-out Great Hall of Blair Castle and as many as 1,800 viewers of the event broadcast live on the Internet. It was the second time that Liddell has won the event.

Liddell gained the overall prize with a third in the Piobaireachd and a second in the twice-through MSR. Roddy MacLeod won the Piobaireachd for the ninth time in his career, a record for the competition, while Niall Stewart took the MSR.

Piobaireachd
1st Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “Isabel MacKay”
2nd Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada, “The Big Spree”
3rd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland, “Lament for Colin Roy MacKenzie”
4th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “The Rout of the Lowland Captain”
5th Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “The Bells of Perth”
Judges: Colin MacLellan, William Wotherspoon, Andrew Wright

MSR
1st Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, “Mrs. Duncan MacFadyen,” “Hector MacLean,” “Kildonan”
2nd Stuart Liddell “Mrs. John MacColl,” “Catlodge,” “John Morrison, Assynt House”
3rd Willie McCallum, “Inveran,” “Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn,” “The Man from Glengarry”
4th Bruce Gandy, “The Crags of Stirling,” “The Islay Ball,” “Brown-Haired Maid”
5th Douglas Murray, Cupar, Scotland, “MacLean of Pennycross,” “Highland Harry,” “Johnny MacDonald’s”
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Ronnie McShannon, John Wilson

Also competing, but not in the prizes: Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland; and Iain Speirs, Edinburgh.

Contestants at the 2014 Glenfiddich (back row L to R): Angus MacColl, Gordon McCready, Willie McCallum, Niall Stewart, Bruce Gandy, Roddy MacLeod, Dougie Murray, Stuart Liddell. Front Row (L to R): Jack Lee, Iain Speirs [Photo: Derek Maxwell]

A self-admittedly “gobsmacked” Jackie Roberts was awarded the Balvenie Medal for services to piping, largely for organizing the annual Piping Society of London competition over the last 10 years. The recipient of the Balvenie Medal is decided based on peer nominations.

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MSR winner Niall Stewart, overall champion Stuart Liddell and Piobaireachd winner Roddy MacLeod with their trophies. [Photo Derek Maxwell]

The competition was broadcast live on the Internet and packaged into a show. The worldwide audience numbered between approximately 1,100 and 1,800 throughout the eight-hour broadcast, that captured introductions by emcee Bob Worrall and recorded and live interviews with pipers and program host Fergus Muirhead.

As part of the free Internet broadcast, viewers were encouraged to contribute to the Pipe-Major Donald MacLeod Memorial Solo Piping Competition. pipes|drums Magazine donated £100 to the cause.

The event is sponsored by William Grant & Sons Distillers, purveyors of the contest’s namesake single malt Scotch whisky in its numerous expressions. The company has supported the event and many others for nearly 50 years.

 

Ten of world’s best pipers ready for Glenfiddich on Saturday

Published: October 23, 2014

The 41st annual Glenfiddich Invitational Solo Piping Championship is poised for staging all day on Saturday, October 25th, at Blair Atholl, Scotland, where 10 of the world’s most successful competing pipers will go at it hammer-and-tongs in a no-holds-barred solo piping smackdown.

Or, more accurately, in dignified Piobaireachd and MSR events in the world’s most elegant piping venue: the antler- and arms-festooned Great Hall of Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl.

The whole thing will be streamed live beginning at 10 am GMT at no charge by the National Piping Centre, but with a suggested contribution to the Pipe-Major Donald MacLeod MBE Memorial Piping Competition, which will be held April 10, 2015, in the Caladh Inn Hotel, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

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Glenfiddich 2014 competitors (L-R): Bruce Gandy, Jack Lee, Stuart Liddell, Angus MacColl, Willie McCallum, Gordon McCready, Roddy MacLeod, Douglas Murray, Iain Speirs and Niall Stewart.

Competitors at this year’s Glenfiddich:

  • Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Canada – winner of the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering
  • Jack Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada – third in the Clasp at the Northern Meeting
  • Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland – winner of the Silver Star MSR at the Argyllshire Gathering; winner of the Masters at Piping Live!
  • Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland – third in the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering
  • Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland – second in the Silver Star MSR at the Argyllshire Gathering; second in the Silver Star MSR at the Northern Meeting
  • Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland – third in the Silver Star MSR at the Argyllshire Gathering
  • Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow – winner of the Bratach Gorm at London
  • Douglas Murray, Cupar, Scotland – winner of the Gold Medals at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting
  • Iain Speirs, Edinburgh – 2013 Glenfiddich Champion, winner of the Clasp at Inverness; overall champion at London
  • Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland – winner of the Silver Star MSR at the Northern Meeting

Speirs will defend his title for the third straight time, while McCallum has his sights set on his ninth overall Glenfiddich Championship to break his own record. McCready is making his first appearance at the event.

Each competitor must submit six piobaireachds and play the one picked by the judges, and six marches, strathspeys and reels and play one of reach twice over.

Judges for the Piobaireachd are Colin MacLellan, William Wotherspoon and Andrew Wright. For the MSR are Malcolm McRae, Ronnie McShannon and John Wilson.

Bob Worrall will take the role of fear an tighe, or master of ceremonies.

The event is sponsored by William Grant & Sons Distillers, purveyors of the contest’s namesake single malt Scotch whisky in its numerous expressions. The company has supported the event and many others for nearly 50 years.

The weekend is populated with several receptions and ceilidhs, each serving only soft drinks.

At 25 Beaumont has piping world at his feet

Published: October 22, 2014

Callum Beaumont competing with ScottishPower at the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.

With the Silver Chanter, both Gold Medals and the Northern Meeting Clasp in his bulging trophy-case, Callum Beaumont has accomplished more at age 25 than all but an infinitesimal number of pipers will in a lifetime and, at the rate he’s going, he might well shatter all records before he hangs up his brogues.

And now the Bo’ness, Scotland-resident Beaumont is heading out on his own, with the launch of “Callum Beaumont Piping,” offering comprehensive private tuition, group workshops and piping recitals worldwide.

In order to do sustain his personal business and brand, Beaumont has broken away from his instructor role with the National Piping Centre. And he has also taken a part-time job with the acclaimed Dollar Academy in Dollar, Scotland, as a piping teacher in that institution’s extensive and successful program that annually boasts one of the top Juvenile bands in the world.

“It has been something that I have been considering for the last year or two,” Beaumont said. “I was very fortunate to land a part time piping instructor position at Dollar Academy around a month ago so felt like this was the best time for me to go for it. I also feel this gives me the opportunity to work on other interests and explore other ideas that I have for my piping.”

His last day with the National Piping Centre was October 17th.

“I really enjoyed my time at the Piping Centre over the last 6 years and gained great experience and met many good friends within.”

His experience in top pipe bands is extensive as well, and includes stints with Simon Fraser University, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia, Inveraray & District and, last year, ScottishPower.

Beaumont said that he is also working on a solo recording that he plans to have ready some time in 2015.

Torphichen puts Brown in charge after Shedden resigns

Published: October 21, 2014

Torphichen & Bathgate Pipe-Major William Brown (L) and Leading-Drummer Callum Firth.

After five years on the job, Stuart Shedden packed it in as pipe-major of Grade 2 Torhpichen & Bathgate, giving way to pipe-sergeant, William Brown, who is described by the band as a “popular choice.”

Shedden, who took the reins of the band in 2009 when it was in Grade 1, enjoyed some success with the group, attracting more personnel, including renowned solo piper Gordon Walker, but the band was not able to regain Grade 1 status and was in and out of the prizes in Grade 2 for most of the time.

A statement from band spokesperson Graham Clark said, “The band see this as the natural progression and work has already started in preparation for the 2015 season. As a band, we are delighted that William has accepted the position and we are excited by his approach and drive. He is very motivated and ambitious and is looking to use this, along with his considerable experience, to lead the band back to competing at Grade 1 level.”

Clark said that Shedden’s decision to step down was based mainly on his desire to commit more time to judging solo piping competitions. Stuart Shedden had an excellent solo career, among other prizes winning the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal at the Northern Meeting in 1998.

In 2014 the band won Grade 2 at the British Championships, was third at the UK, European and Scottish championships, but fell to seventh overall at the World’s.

Torphichen & Bathgate receives financial support from Matt Purdie & Sons, allow the band to invest in equipment and maintain its Novice Juvenile band, which Shedden worked to start from scratch in 2010. The young band competed for the first time in 2014 and now works to channel players into the Grade 2 band.

The Grade 2 band practices at Armadale Academy in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland, and stressed that, like all bands, it welcomes interested pipers and drummers.

Ottawa Police officially moved to Grade 1; Paris-Port Dover to Grade 2

Published: October 20, 2014

As pipes|drums recently anticipated, the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario has promoted the Ottawa Police Services Pipe Band to Grade 1, after an unbeaten season in Grade 2, and several successful challenges against established Grade 1 bands, including narrowly missing winning the four-band Grade 1 competition at the Georgetown Highland Games, with a tie for first broken by ensemble.

Also moving up is Paris-Port Dover to Grade 2, the Rob Roy Pipe Band of Kingston, Ontario, to Grade 3, and both the Hamilton Police and Lindsay pipe bands from Grade 5 to Grade 4.

The PPBSO did not downgrade any bands.

Ottawa Police competing in 2014.

The move of the Ottawa Police also comes approximately a year after the band reportedly requested to be upgraded to Grade 1, but was denied by the PPBSO. The Ontario society enacts grading first by recommendation of its Music Committee and then after ratification by the organization’s Board of Directors.

“We are very proud of our development as a band, and we are committed to continuing our progress in Grade 1,” Ottawa Police Pipe-Major Andrew Hayes said. “Without a doubt, the ability to challenge up against Grade 1 bands in Ontario has contributed enormously to our growth, both in terms of experience and confidence. We have a dedicated group, and we look forward to next summer.”

Hayes added that his band does not plan to compete at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships, and instead will “focus on development.” He said that they aim to go in 2016.

The addition of the Ottawa Police to Grade 1 brings the total number of premier-grade bands to 28. Only two years ago the total number worldwide was 38. There are now four certified Grade 1 bands in Ontario, and a total of seven in Canada.

Paris-Port Dover brings Ontario’s Grade 2 bands to only two, with the only other being the 400 Squadron under new Pipe-Major Matt MacIsaac.

McWhirter wins fourth consecutive World Solo title

Published: October 18, 2014

Steven McWhirter in a 2013 concert photo.

Glasgow – October 18, 2014 – After three initial qualifying heats totaling 53 contestants, two semi-final heats comprising 29, and then a final round of 12, Steven McWhirter of Inveraray & District emerged the 2014 World Solo Drumming Champion at the RSPBA-run event at Glasgow Caledonian University. It was the fourth consecutive win of the award for McWhirter and his fifth title overall. A quarter of the finalists belonged to the St. Laurence O’Toole Pipe Band of Dublin. It was the first time in nearly 30 years that Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Leading-Drummer Reid Maxwell did not attend the event.

The MSR score is supposed to double the importance as that of the Hornpipe & Jig, and the lowest overall score wins each event and overall. But the RSPBA has used a system in which the MSR score is doubled and then tallied, rather than halved. If the MSR points halved system were used, McWhirter would still be the clear winner, but Blair Brown  would finish second, Michael McKenna third

Overall
1st Steven McWhirter (14)
2nd Michael McKenna, St. Laurence O’Toole (26)
3rd Blair Brown, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (39)
4th Stephen Creighton, St. Laurence O’Toole (45)
5th Chris McNicol, Inveraray & District (52)
6th Jake Jørgensen, ScottishPower (60)
7th Craig Brown, Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (63)
8th Eric Ward, Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (67)
9th Grant Cassidy, St. Laurence O’Toole (68)
10th Jason Hoy, Cullybackey (72)
11th Jonathan Hoy, Cullybackey (96)
12th Grant Maxwell, Simon Fraser University (100)

MSR
1st Steven McWhirter (1,1,3 x 2 = 10)
2nd Michael McKenna (2,3,1 x 2 = 12)
3rd Stephen Creighton (3,4,5 x 2 = 24 )
4th Blair Brown (4,5,6 x 2 = 30)
5th Grant Cassidy (5,2,12 x 2 = 34)
6th Jake Jørgensen (8,9,2 x 2 = 38)
7th Chris McNicol (6,6,8 x 2 = 40)
8th Jason Hoy (7,7,7 x 2 = 42)
9th Craig Brown (10,8,4 x 2 = 44)
10th Eric Ward (9,11,9 x 2 = 58)
11th Jonathan Hoy (12,10,11 x 2 = 66)
12th Grant Maxwell (11,12,10 x 2 = 66)
Judges: Ciaran Mordaunt, David Brown, Jim Baxter

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Steven McWhirter (1,2,1 = 4)
2nd Blair Brown (3,1,5 = 9)
3rd Eric Ward, Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (2,5,2 = 9)
4th Chris McNicol (5,4,3 = 12)
5th Michael McKenna (4,3,7 = 14)
6th Craig Brown (8,7,4 = 19)
7th Stephen Creighton (7,6,8 = 21)
8th Jake Jørgensen (6,10,6 = 22)
9th Jonathan Hoy (12,8,10 = 30)
10th Grant Cassidy (10,11,9 = 30)
11th Jason Hoy (10,11,9 = 30)
12th Grant Maxwell (11,12,11 = 34)
Judges: Joe Noble, Gordon Parkes, Sandy Steele

The MSR score is worth twice that of the Hornpipe & Jig, and the lowest overall score wins each event and the overall championship.

But calculation is made with MSR score doubled, rather than halved, as it should be with a fewer-points-are-better system.

If the MSR points halved system were used, McWhirter would still be the clear winner, but the rest of the overall result would change, thus:

1st Steven McWhirter (9)
2nd Blair Brown (24)
3rd Michael McKenna (27)
4th Chris McNicol (32)
5th Stephen Creighton (35)
6th Eric Ward (38)
7th Jake Jørgensen (41 – MSR pref)
8th Craig Brown (41)
9th Grant Cassidy (47)
10th Jason Hoy (51)
11th Jonathan Hoy (63)
12th Grant Maxwell (67)

The 2013 overall result would have had Barry Wilson second and Blair Brown third several results changed if the MSR were reflected as twice the value by halving the points.

At the prize giving, there was confusion about the accuracy of the final result after the RSPBA issued summary sheets showing the wrong judges on each event. But it was quickly determined that the overall result was correct using the system of doubling the MSR points.

 

Three Western US bands bumped up to Grade 2

Published: October 17, 2014

WUSPBA_logo_2014There’s more good news for the pipe band scene in western North America with the promotion of three bands to Grade 2 by the Western United States Pipe Band Association.

From Grade 3 the WUSPBA has promoted the Bushmills Irish Pipers of San Francisco, the Queen City Pipe Band of Denver, and the Wasatch & District Pipe Band of Bountiful, Utah, to the penultimate grade.

The moves come on the heels of three additions to Grade 2 in Alberta, injecting additional life into a grade that has been struggling to maintain viability in other areas.

Bushmills Irish Pipers of San Francisco competing at the 2014 Queen Mary competition in Long Beach, California.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the decision,” Queen City Pipe-Major James Cuthill said. “The band is relatively new, and we’ve come a long way since our formation in 2011. We are especially pleased to be the first band in Colorado to make this grade. We will be going into the 2015 season with at least 20 pipers, eight sides, five tenors, and a bass. All but two live in Colorado, and we are proud to make a name for ourselves with dedicated local musicians.”

Queen City and Wasatch are the highest graded bands even from Colorado and Utah, respectively, while Bushmills Irish Pipers continue a 50-year tradition of top-grade bands from San Francisco, joining cross-town rivals Prince Charles in Grade 2.

Queen City Pipe Band of Denver.

The Irish Pipers of San Francisco was started in 1932 and claims to be “the oldest continuously active Irish pipe band west of the Mississippi River.”

Wasatch & District of Bountiful, Utah, at the 2014 Queen Mary contest.

While the western part of the continent has been boosted, Grade 2 in Ontario continues to languish. The Grade 2 Ottawa Police Services Pipe Band is widely expected to be promoted to Grade 1 after competing up successfully at several Ontario competitions in 2014. It is also anticipated that the Grade 3 Paris-Port Dover Pipe Band will be upgraded, joining only the 400 Squadron in Grade 2. The Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario has not disclosed upgrades made by its Music Committee.

Cuthill added, “I hope our grading may attract other bands to consider traveling to compete in Colorado. We will make it to World’s when we feel we will be a real contender on that stage, but want to prove ourselves at home first.”

Ian K. MacDonald resting comfortably following minor heart attack

Published: October 14, 2014

Ian K. MacDonald in a 2013 photo.

Pipe-Major Ian K. MacDonald of the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band is in good spirits and resting comfortably after a minor heart attack in Newmarket, Ontario, on the evening of October 13th.

One of the world’s pre-eminent solo pipers, MacDonald experienced discomfort in his chest after playing sports with his kids on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Being a long-serving police officer, MacDonald decided to contact emergency services when the pain did not subside, and was taken to cardiac care at a local hospital.

According to Toronto Police Pipe Band Pipe-Sergeant Sean McKeown, Emergency Medical Services and hospital staff were quick to identify the problem and treat MacDonald.

“No permanent damage was detected, and he is showing signs of a positive recovery,” McKeown said. “I was with him today, and he is in good spirits, and feeling good considering the circumstance. He had a smile on his face, and was already talking about the new set of pipes he just bought!”

McKeown added that the prognosis is good, but that he will need some down-time, but he appreciates the thoughts and concern from his friends.

MacDonald has led the Toronto Police Pipe Band for the better part of the last 20 years, and manages the overall Toronto Police pipe band organization. In addition to his work with the band, he is one of the world’s top solo pipers, one of the few eligible to compete in the Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel at the Northern Meeting. MacDonald has frequently been in the prize lists in the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal competitions at Oban and Inverness, and was second in the event at the Argyllshire Gathering this year.

In 2004 Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe-Major Richard Parkes suffered a stroke, but made a full recovery, going on to lead his band to another six World Championships and a few dozen other major titles.

On behalf of the piping and drumming world, we wish Ian K. MacDonald a speedy and full recovery.

World’s format to stay the same for 2015

Published: October 13, 2014

The set-up for the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships will repeat that of 2014, with the Grade 1 qualifying competitions held on Friday and all other qualifiers and finals on Saturday.

According to the organization, the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association conducted a review of the 2014 format and concluded that it should remain the same, requiring all Grade 1 bands on Friday to compete in both a Medley and March, Strathspey & Reel event, with bands split into two qualifying section, and six finalists from each section moving on to compete in the 12-band Grade 1 Final of Saturday.

The 2015 World’s will be held on August 14th and 15th at Glasgow Green in Glasgow.

The August 2014 contest was the first time that the competition held events on the Friday. The previous year the World’s was held in a Saturday-Sunday format.

Competing on a Sunday was unpopular with bands travelling from abroad as it forced working pipers and drummers to add an additional day of vacation time to their World’s trip. The Sunday schedule also went against the religious beliefs of some pipers and drummers.

Inveraray & District competing in the main arena on the Saturday of the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.

The Saturday at the 2014 World Championships saw the Grade 1 Final complete by 3pm, leaving a considerable break between it and the closing ceremonies, providing time enough to hold the Grade 2 Final in the main arena before a mostly empty grandstand.

The use of the Friday caused some disruption to the massive Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, with a noticeable decline in momentum during the week due to Grade 1 pipers and drummers using the Thursday to focus on the Friday qualifier.

Some attending the 2014 World’s remarked that the contest should simply revert back to a one-day competition in which all Grade 1 bands compete in both the MSR and Medley, saying that the qualifier and final format is unnecessary.

pipes|drums created a popular video from last year’s competition, 2014 World Pipe Band Championships Sights & Sounds, which works to capture the essence of the two-day event.

Rudolph wins everything at Ackroyd Challenge

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Gareth Rudolph

Johannesburg – October 11, 2014 – There were four events at the P-M George Ackroyd Challenge Solo Piping Contest held at The View in Johannesburg, and Gareth Rudolph won the lot. Craig Paxman was the overall winner in the George Ackroyd Amateur competitions. The event is named for the late Scotland-born piper who immigrated to South Africa and helped to establish piping and drumming in that country. The amateur event was added this year.

The late Pipe-Major George Ackroyd

Piobaireachd (eight competed)
1st Gareth Rudolph
2nd Brandon Holz
3rd Chris Couperthwaite
3rd Alex Jeanrenaud
Judges: Tommy Knobel, Struan Young

March (14 competed)
1st Gareth Rudolph
2nd Alex Jeanrenaud
3rd Michael Langley
4th Nick Taitz
Judge: Rob du Toit

Strathspey & Reel (14 competed)
1st Gareth Rudolph
2nd Nick Taitz
3rd Alex Jeanrenaud
4th Chris Couperthwaite
Judge: Roger Davies

P-M Allan Watters Jig Challenge: Gareth Rudolph

 

 

Hilder wins overall at 32nd annual Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational

Published: October 12, 2014

Liam Hilder

Albany, New York – October 11, 2014 – Liam Hilder of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, was the overall winner of the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. It was the 32nd annual Nicol Brown event, which pits 10 of North America’s most successful amateur solo pipers from the previous competition year. Hilder was awarded funds to get to the Scottish Piping Society of London’s competitions in November 2015 and a McCallum Bagpipes McC2 pipe chanter with a custom-designed sole. Andrew Hayes and Michael Rogers judged all three events.

The nonprofit pipes|drums Magazine donated monetary funds to the event, and pipes|drums advertisers Lee & Sons Bagpipes and Reelpipes.com also contributed prizes.

Competitors and judges at the 2014 Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational

Piobaireachd (Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice)
1st James Dyson, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart”
2nd Kevin McLean, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, “The Red Speckled Bull”
3rd Sean Regan, Woodstock, Virginia, “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”
4th Liam Hilder, “Hector MacLean’s Warning”
5th Tyler Harris, Wheatley, Ontario, “Too Long in this Condition”

MSR (William Ross Challenge Targe)
1st Liam Hilder, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “Delvinside,” “The Sheepwife”
2nd Jack Williamson, Topeka, Kansas, “Brigadier General Ronald Cheape of Tiroran,” “John Roy Stewart,” “Ca’ the Ewes”
3rd Tyler Harris, “The Taking of Beaumont Hamel,” “The Islay Ball,” “Bessie McIntyre”
4th Kevin McLean, “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn,” “Loch Carron”
5th Andrew Hahn, Valley Center, California, “The Clan MacColl,” “Piper’s Bonnet,” “John Morrison, Assynt House”

6/8 Marches (Donald MacLeod Memorial)
1st Tyler Bridge, “The Bonawe Highlanders,” “Dundee City Police Pipe Band”
2nd James Dyson, “The Dornoch Highland Gathering,” “All the Blue Bonnets are Over the Border”
3rd Kaitlin Kimove, Stoney Creek, Ontario, “MacLeod of Mull,” “John Gordon of Drummuie”
4th Liam Hilder, “Fairview Cottage,” “The Trees of North Uist”
5th Kevin McLean, “The Braemar Gathering,” “Mrs. Lily Christie”

Also competing was Maeghan Bielski, Middleboro, Massachusetts.

Shotts calls the kids for new juvenile solo competition

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At 103 years old, one might think the legendary Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band doesn’t have much time for youth, but the exact opposite is reality, as the band is planning the first annual Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Juvenile Solo Piping & Drumming Championships on Saturday, November 29th, at Calderhead High School in Shotts.

The band has partnered with the local North Lanarkshire Council, and staff and students from Calderhead High School are pitching in to help with the event.

Competitions across all aspects of piping and drumming are planned, with 10 different event categories, from beginner practice chanter and sticks and pads, to piobaireachd, to “freestyle” events, with all contests judged by established and accredited adjudicators.

According to the band, they were motivated to organize the event to “give back to the North Lanarkshire community, as well as a way of investing in juvenile piping and drumming talent in Scotland.” Many members of the current Grade 1 Shotts band teach are professional teachers and active in piping and drumming instruction.

Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia competing at the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.

The band has had a long-standing relation with the North Lanarkshire school system, started under long-time Pipe-Major Robert Mathieson.

The band said that the juvenile competition is “another in a list of changes brought about by the new leadership of Pipe-Major Ryan Canning.” Canning took over the role in August 2012.

“I’m really excited about the launch of the Shotts &Dykehead Caledonia Juvenile Solo Piping and Drumming Championships,” Canning said. “This is such a worthwhile project, and is something which I hope the band will continue to deliver on an annual basis. As a pipe band organization we were keen to do our part to promote worthwhile opportunities to support the development of youth piping and drumming.”

Entries are open until November 15th via the band’s website.

Drumming and piping judged at charity “solo” event in Livingston

Published: October 9, 2014

Livi_Innvitational_poster_2014When RSPBA adjudicator Jim Baxter decided to organize a new drumming competition in Livingstone, Scotland, in aid of the local Enable Club charity he decided it wouldn’t be a predictable event.

The LIVI INNvitational Charity Solo Drumming Competition on November 8th will feature some of the world’s greatest pipe band snare drummers, who will deliver a traditional MSR and a “Freestyle” selection, and their piper(s) also will be adjudicated by accredited judges and the crowd of more than 120 who will pack the Livingston Inn hotel.

All 120 tickets were sold out within only a few days of it being announced.

  • Gordon Brown, Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia
  • Stephen Creighton, St. Laurence O’Toole
  • Callum Firth, Torphichen & Bathgate
  • Willie Glenholmes, Cullybackey
  • Jake Jørgensen, ScottishPower
  • Jim Kilpatrick, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
  • Andrew Lawson, Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia
  • Mikey McKenna, St Laurence O’Toole
  • Aaron McLean, Field Marshal Montgomery
  • Chris McNicholl, Inveraray & District
  • Steven McWhirter, Inveraray & District
  • Eric Ward, Greater Glasgow Police Scotland

The MSR drumming judges will be Arthur Cook, Gordon Craig, Mick O’Neill and Paul Turner, and Jim Campbell and Robert Mathieson will assess the piping. All of the judges are RSPBA accredited for pipe bands, but neither of the piping judges are on Scotland list of solo adjudicators approved by the Joint Committee for Judging. The judges are contributing their services for free.

The MSR will be followed by a Freestyle event, where competitors have eight minutes to entertain. The Freestyle will be judged by the audience using voting cards.

“It’s a bit of an innovative touch for a solo drumming contest, which has attracted interest from people buying tickets and also suppliers,” Baxter said. “The room will be a capacity, as it will be tables and not just rows of seats as is normally the case at indoor competitions.”

All proceeds from the event are going to Enable, a charity for those with learning difficulties and other special needs. Baxter said that the cause is dear to his heart because of a friend whose son goes to the local Enable Club, and Baxter has performed with his own son at several of the club’s events.

Jim Baxter said that, while the RSPBA is not directly involved, he cleared the event with the association even before he began organizing it in January of this year.

2014 World Pipe Band Championships Sights & Sounds

Published: October 7, 2014

pipes|drums revisits the World Pipe Band Championships, the biggest event of the pipe band year, with our annual highlights montage video of images, comments, interviews and scenes with pipers, drummers, bands, and enthusiasts.

More than 200 bands competed at the 2014 World’s over two days at Glasgow Green, Glasgow, where the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band of Belfast won its fourth consecutive Grade 1 title, and tenth overall.

This year’s highlights video runs 10 minutes and features the performance of Gaelic singer Rachel Walker and the Great Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band from the band’s August 13th “Ceolry” concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. So, sit back, look for people you might recognize, and enjoy the sights and sounds from the 2014 World Pipe Band Championships.

 

Faye Henderson wins overall at Capt. John Memorial

Published: October 5, 2014

Faye Henderson

Edinburgh – October 4, 2014 – Faye Henderson was the overall A-Grade Champion at the annual Captain John A. MacLellan MBE Memorial Solo Piping Competition held at Redford Barracks outside of Scotland’s capital city. Duncan Beattie got the overall in the C-Grade, and, had an overall prize been awarded in the B-Grade events, Sandy Cameron would have received it. Organized by the military, the contest pays homage to the prodigious contributions of John A. MacLellan to piping.

A-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Faye Henderson, Edinburgh
2nd Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland
3rd Peter McCallister, Dunblane, Scotland
4th Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh
5th Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
Judges: Ronnie McShannon, Andrew Wright

MSR
1st Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh
2nd Sarah Muir, Glasgow
3rd Kevin McNulty, Glasgow
4th Peter Hunt, Irvine, Scotland
5th Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland
Judges: Ian Duncan, Tom Speirs

B-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Sandy Cameron, Roybridge, Scotland
2nd Sarah Muir
3rd David Shedden, Glasgow
4th Edward Gaul, Dundee
5th Kristopher Coyle, Northern Ireland

MSR
1st Steven Gray, Lockerbie, Scotland
2nd Bradley Parker, Northern Ireland
3rd Scott Barrie, Ayr, Scotland
4th Kristopher Coyle
5th Sandy Cameron

C-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Duncan Beattie, Ayr, Scotland
2nd Scott Barrie
3rd Rebecca Tierney, Strathaven, Scotland
4th Brian Mulhearn, Troon, Scotland
5th Andrew Bova, Glasgow

MSR
1st Glenn Ross
2nd Edward Gaul
3rd Fraser Allison
4th Jonathan Simpson
5th Jonathan Lamberton

Open Hornpipe & Jig
1st Craig Sutherland
2nd Cameron Drummond
3rd Steven Gray
4th Sarah Muir
5th Andrew Bova
Judges: Ian Duncan, Ronnie McShannon, Tom Speirs, Andrew Wright

 

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