Praskovich wins US Junior Championship

Published: November 30, 2008
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Pittsburgh – November 15, 2008 - The second annual US Junior Solo Piping Championship was won by 15 year-old Ryan Praskovich of Pittsburgh. The contest is an invitational event for amateur pipers aged 17 and younger from the United States, and is part of the Balmoral Classic. The competition was held at the Hillman Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh.

Overall
1st Ryan Praskovich
2nd Reid Bishop, Cypress, Texas
3rd Luke Liechty, Denver
4th John Hanna, Pittsburgh
5th Kyle Rothschild-Mancinelli, Woodside, California

Competitors at the 2008 US Junior Solo Piping Championship.

MSR
1st Reid Bishop, “John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage,” “Lady Louden,” “Dr. MacPhail’s Reel”
2nd Ryan Praskovich
3rd Luke Liechty
4th Kyle Rothschild-Mancinelli
5th Norman Gillies, Pittsburgh

Piobaireachd
1st Ryan Praskovich, “Battle of Auldern #1″
2nd John Hanna
3rd Reid Bishop
4th Luke Liechty
5th Kyle Rothschild-Mancinelli

Also competing but not in the prize list was Geordie Hall. All events were judged by Bruce Gandy, Scot Walker and Amy Garson.

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