Swelter at Cambridge: SL78FH survive the heat (MP3 audio)

Published: July 31, 2008
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Cambridge, Ontario – July 19, 2008 – The Cambridge Highland Games often features the hottest weather that southern Ontario can offer and the 2008 rendition was no exception with hazy, muggy 30-plus-degree heat. Except for a few very brief showers, the rain held off for competitors, and the Scottish Lion -78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto continued their unbeaten streak to win the Grade 1 event.

For the first time ever, the Grade 2 recordings are what a piping judge actually heard walking around the section. Grade 1 recordings are from a stationary position in the audience.

Bands

Grade 1 (MSR, two competed)
1st Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders (1,1,1,1) – click here for MP3 file
2nd Toronto Police (2,2,2,2) – click here for MP3 file
Drumming: 78th Frasers
Best Bass: 78th Frasers
Judges: Geoff Neigh, Ron Rollo (piping); Larry Willis (drumming); Bob MacCrimmon (ensemble)

Grade 2 (medley, two competed)
1st Hamilton Police (1,1,2,1) – click here for piping judge’s perspective MP3 file
2nd Niagara Regional Police (2,2,1,2) – click here for judge’s perspective MP3 file
Drumming: Niagara Police
Best Bass: Niagara Police
Judges: Geoff Neigh, Andrew Berthoff (piping); Larry Willis (drumming); Bob MacCrimmon (ensemble)

Grade 3 (medley, four competed)
1st 400 Squadron
2nd Durham Regional Police
3rd Toronto Police (Gr2)
Judges: Geoff Neigh, Andrew Berthoff (piping); Larry Willis (drumming); Bob MacCrimmon (ensemble)

Grade 4 (march medley, seven competed)
1st Paris-Port Dover
2nd Hamilton Police (Gr4)
3rd London Firefighters
Drumming: Hamilton Police
Best Bass: Hamilton Police
Judges: Tom Anderson, Andrew Berthoff (piping); Larry Willis (drumming); Bob MacCrimmon (ensemble)

Juvenile (march medley, two competed)
1st Flint Scottish
2nd Rob Roy Juvenile
Drumming: Flint
Best Bass: Rob Roy
Judges: Geoff Neigh, Andrew Berthoff (piping); Larry Willis (drumming); Bob MacCrimmon (ensemble)

Grade 5 (march medley, nine competed)
1st Georgetown
2nd Brantford
3rd Paris-Port Dover (Gr 5)
Judges: Tom Anderson, Andrew Berthoff (piping); Larry Willis (drumming); Bob MacCrimmon (ensemble)

Professional Solo Piping

Piobaireachd
1st Lyric Todkill, Houston, “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
2nd Doug MacRae, Houston, “The Battle of the Pass of Crieff”
3rd Michael Grey, Dundas, Ontario, “A Flame of Wrath”
Judge: Andrew Berthoff

March
1st Michael Grey
2nd Lionel Tupman, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
3rd Sean McKeown, Toronto
Judge: Peter Aumonier

Strathspey & Reel
1st Lionel Tupman
2nd Michael Grey
3rd Andrew MacPhail
Judge: Ron Rollo

Jig
1st Lionel Tupman
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Jacob Dicker
Judge: Tom Anderson

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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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