Stuies pick off Perth

Published: August 11, 2014
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Stuart_Highlanders_full_logoPerth, Scotland – August 10, 2014 – The glorious sunshine on Scotland’s brighter side at North Berwick on Saturday gave way to heaving rain in Perth on Sunday. Several bands entered, including the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Canada and New Zealand’s Canterbury Caledonian, opted not to compete rather than subject their instruments and players to the weather. Ultimately, the Stuart Highlanders proved the RSPBA’s upgrade of the band to Grade 1 accurate, by winning the event. St. Thomas Alumni of Houston adjusted to the weather well, throwing down the Grade 2 gauntlet by taking straight firsts.

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Stuart Highlanders competing at Perth.

Grade 1 (MSR)
1st Stuart Highlanders (USA) (2,1,1,1)
2nd Vale of Atholl (Scotland) (1,3,3,2)
3rd New Zealand Police (3,2,2,3)
4th St. Thomas Alumni (USA) (Gr2) (5,4,4,4)
5th Mackenzie Caledonian (Gr2) (Scotland) (4,5,6,5)
6th Portland Metro (Gr2) (6,6,5,6)
7th Antwerp & District (Gr2) (Belgium) (7,7,7,7)
Judges: Tom Brown, Jennifer Hutcheon (piping); Willie Black (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

Grade 2 (Medley)
1st St. Thomas Alumni (1,1,1,1)
2nd Mackenzie Caledonian (3,2,3,2)
3rd Portland Metro (2,3,2,3)
4th Antwerp & District (4,4,5,5)
5th Peter Vardy Glenrothes & District (Gr3) (6,6,4,4)
6th Vale of Atholl (Gr3) (5,5,6,6)
Judges: Tom Brown, Jennifer Hutcheon (piping); Willie Black (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

Solo Piping
Open
Piobaireachd
1st William Geddes
2nd Peter McCalister
3rd Allan Russell
4th Martin Kessler
5th Darach Urquhart

March
1st Greig Wilson
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Andrew Donlon
4th Matt Pantaleoni
5th Connor Sinclair

Strathspey & Reel
1st Connor Sinclair
2nd Sandy Cameron
3rd Callum Watson
4th Greig Wilson
5th M Pantaleoni

Jig
1st Connor Sinclair
2nd Callum Watson
3rd Greig Wilson
4th Eric Ouellette
5th Andrew Donlon

B-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Eric Ouellette
2nd Miael Sicard Cras
3rd George Stewart
4th Sandy Cameron
5th Callum Watson

C-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Andrew Donlon
2nd Jan Belak
3rd Duncan Beattie
4th Brian Mulhearn
5th Josien Teerlink

Junior
March
1st Harry Richards
2nd Harry McLachlan
3rd Finlay Cameron

Strathspey & Reel
1st Harry Richards
2nd Harry McLachlan
3rd Finlay Cameron

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