Rain holds off at Antigonish

Published: July 31, 2012
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Antigonish, Nova Scotia – July 14-15, 2012 – The unpredictable Canadian Maritimes weather held up for the two-day Antigonish Highland Games, one of the longest-running competitions in North America. Three bands travelling to the World Pipe Band Championships – Grade 1 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel), College of Piping (Grade 3B) and Dartmouth & District (Grade 3A) – competed in the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Championships. Bruce Gandy won the aggregate award in the Professional solo piping.

Bands
Saturday
Grade 1 (MSR)
1st 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)

Grade 2 (MSR)
1st Fredericton Society of St. Andrew

Grade 3 (MSR)
1st College of Piping
2nd Dartmouth & District
3rd 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (Gr3)

Grade 4 (March Medley)
1st Glengarry
2nd Niagara Regional Police
3rd Clan Thompson

Grade 5 (March Medley)
1st Dartmouth & District (Gr5)
2nd College of Piping (Gr5)

Sunday
Grade 1
1st 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)

Grade 2
1st Dartmouth & District (Gr3)
2nd Fredericton Society of St. Andrew
3rd College of Piping (Gr3)

Grade 3
1st Dartmouth & District
2nd College of Piping
3rd Glengarry (Gr4)

Grade 4
1st Niagara & District
2nd Glengarry

Grade 5
1st College of Piping (Gr5)
2nd Dartmouth & District (Gr5)

Professional Solo Piping
Piobaireachd
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd James MacHattie
3rd Alex Gandy

Judge: Iain MacDonald

March
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd Kylie MacHattie

Judge: Peter Sinclair

Strathpsey & Reel
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Kylie MacHattie
3rd Bruce Gandy

Judge: Gail Brown

Jig
1st James MacHattie
2nd Bruce Gandy
3rd Alex Gandy

Judge: Gail Brown

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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.
John Cairns, London, Ontario