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FMM: Ulster Champions 2016

Published: July 23, 2016

Antrim, Northern Ireland – July 23, 2016 – Field Marshal Montgomery emerged Ulster Champions at the annual contest at Castle Gardens, splitting the firsts with Ireland’s St. Laurence O’Toole. Bleary & District withdrew from the Grade 1 event. The competition is organized by the RSPBA’s Northern Ireland branch.

Grade 1
Medley
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,2)
Judges: Harry Stevenson, Gordon Lawrie (piping); Ian Lawson (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)

MSR
1st St. Laurence O’Toole (ens.pref.) (2,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,2)
Judges: Winston Pollock, Alvis Kerr (piping); Stuart Coils (drumming); Gordon Craig (ensemble)

Grade 2 (Medley, three competed)
1st Police Service of Northern Ireland (1,1,2,1)
2nd Thiepval Memorial (3,3,1,2)
3rd Closkelt (2,2,3,3)
Judges: Winston Pollock, Alvis Kerr (piping); Stuart Coils (drumming); Gordon Craig (ensemble)

Grade 3A (MSR, seven competed)
1st Aughintober
2nd  Colmcille
3rd Upper Crossgar
4th Drumlough
Judges: Winston Pollock, Alvis Kerr (piping); Stuart Coils (drumming); Gordon Craig (ensemble)

Grade 3B (MSR, seven competed)
1st Marlacoo & District (3,2,1,1)
2nd Matt Boyd Memorial (1,1,4,2)
3rd Achill (2,3,6,4)
4th Tullintrain (6,6,2,5)
5th Finvoy (7,7,3,3)
6th Tralee (4,5,5,7)
7th Major Sinclair Memorial (5,4,7,6)
Judges: Harry Stevenson, Gordon Lawrie (piping); Ian Lawson (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)

Grade 4A (MSR, 12 competed)
1st Battlehill
2nd McNeilstown (ens.pref.)
3rd Cleland Memorial
4th Portavogie
5th Cullybackey (ens.pref.)
6th Tullylagan (ens.pref)
7th Augharan (ens. Pref.)
8th Gorey
Judges: Winston Pollock, Alvis Kerr (piping); Stuart Coils (drumming); Gordon Craig (ensemble)

Grade 4B (march medley, 13 competed)
1st Gransha
2nd St. Mary’s Derrytrasna
3rd Gilnahirk
4th Sgt. Walker Memroial
5th Kildoag
Judges: Harry Stevenson, Gordon Lawrie (piping); Ian Lawson (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)

Lochearnhead: Midgley, Mulholland, Beaumont

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Derek Midgley receiving the piobaireachd trophy at the Lochearnhead games, another feather in his cap.

Lochearnhead, Scotland – July 23, 2016 – It was a nice day for competing for the 13 pipers who turned out for the senior solos at the annual Lochearnhead Highland Games, one of the world’s most scenic gatherings. Derek Midgley of New Jersey won the piobaireachd, while Fife’s Graham Mulholland and Callum Beaumont of Linlithgow, Scotland, took the firsts in the light music. The games had its usual appoint of amateur piper judges from the Royal Scottish Pipers Society.

Piobairecahd
1st Derek Midgley, “Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck”
2nd Craig Martin, “The Massacre of Glencoe”
3rd Eddie Gaul, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
4th Peter McCallister, “Mary’s Praise”
Judges: Alan Forbes, Andrew Wright

March
1st Graham Mulholland
2nd Callum Beaumont
3rd Bill Geddes
4th Peter McCallister
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Dr. John Ross

Strathspey & Reel
1st Callum Beaumont
2nd Bill Geddes
3rd Jenny Hazzard
4th Graham Mulholland
Judges: John Fraser, Andrew Frater

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Sonic and imaginary

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James P. Troy reviews Ceol Mor / Light and Shade by Patrick Molard

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Pipes+Drums returns to Piping Live! Aug. 9th

Published: July 22, 2016

World Solo Drumming Champions and Gold Medallists will again take the stage at 2 pm on Tuesday, August 9th, at the outdoor Street Café at Piping Live! in Glasgow for pipes|drums Magazine’s annual Pipes+Drums Recital by Grade 1 pipe-majors and lead-drummers – a free event for all pipe band enthusiasts.

This year’s recitalists comprise more than 50 collective World Pipe Band Championships, World Pipe Band Drumming Championships and World Solo Drumming Championships and enough solo piping hardware to start a precious metals factory.

  • Boghall & Bathgate Caledonian Pipe Band – Pipe-Major Ross Harvey and Lead-Drummer Gordon Brown
  • Ottawa Police Pipe Band – Pipe-Major Andrew Hayes and Lead-Drummer Brendan Kelly
  • Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band – Pipe-Major Roddy MacLeod and Lead-Drummer Jim Kilpatrick

Ross Harvey, Gordon Brown, Andrew Hayes, Brendan Kelly, Jim Kilpatrick and Roddy MacLeod will perform at Pipes+Drums 2016, on August 9th at 2 pm.

The always-packed event asks each duo to play for about 25 minutes of any material they wish, provided a competition March, Strathspey & Reel is included, and each is compensated by the non-profit pipes|drums for their performance.

“Pipes+Drums has become one of the most popular events of Piping Live!, and this year’s lineup features some of the world’s greatest pipers and pipe band drummers,” said Andrew Berthoff, pipes|drums’ editor. “It’s a rare opportunity especially to hear these great drummers on their own, accompanied only by their pipe-majors. We hope you can make it!”

Gordon Brown and Jim Kilpatrick have each performed at Pipes+Drums in the past, and between them they have amassed over their long careers probably more pipe band drumming trophies than any drummers in history. Andrew Hayes and Roddy MacLeod are each Highland Society of London Gold Medallists and two of the world’s elite solo pipers.

pipes|drums is the official media partner of the week-long Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, which marks its thirteenth anniversary this year.

Recording confirmed for FMM concert

Published: July 20, 2016

Pipe-Major Richard Parkes has confirmed that Field Marshal Montgomery’s Pre-World’s “IMPACT” concert at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on August 10th will be recorded for digital downloading and streaming release after the event, along with a “limited edition” CD.

pipes|drums recently reported that the event is nearly sold-out, with fewer than 200 seats remaining before 100 standing-room tickets are made available.

“The band are very excited and honoured to return to the Pre-World’ Concert for the fourth time in our history,” Parkes said. “Our musical program will comprise some new and exciting arrangements, showcase the talents of our soloists and feature some of the tunes that were voted for online by our followers on social media as FMM favourites.”

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Field Marshal Montgomery in the band’s May 2014 concert in Aberdeen.

In what might be the most tightly contested Grade 1 World Championship in history, with no fewer than three bands in virtual dead-heat for the title, the concert could possibly give Field Marshal Montgomery a lift at the competition – coincidental or not –  as has historically been the case with some bands doing the show.

Musically, the concert promises to go beyond pure pipe band material, although that will be available too in abundance.

“We will be lucky enough to be accompanied by some of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians whose creativity and talents have helped add a new dimension to our previous concert performances,” Parkes added.

 

Johnston, Liddell red hot at Inveraray

Published: July 19, 2016

Inveraray, Scotland – July 19, 2015 – It was a hot – actually, truly hot – and gorgeous day at the annual Inveraray Highland Games, the largest Scottish solo event apart from the Northern Meeting and Argyllshire Gathering. The entry was big, with 23 on the list and 20 turning up to compete in the Premier/A-Grade events, with a “super high standard,” according to one prizewinner. Finlay Johnston won the big Piobaireachd event, while local hero Stuart Liddell took both light music first prizes, capturing the overall trophy.

Inveraray Premier / A-Grade Piobaireachd winner Finlay Johnston.

Premier/A-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
2nd Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow
3rd Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh
4th Callum Beaumont, Linlithgow, Scotland
5th Angus D. MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
6th Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland
Judges: Malcolm McRae, John Wilson

March
1st Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland
2nd Roddy MacLeod
3rd Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland
4th Callum Beaumont
5th Allan Russell, Kelty, Scotland
6th = Graham Drummond, Steven Gray
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Walter Cowan

Strathspey & Reel
1st Stuart Liddell
2nd Angus D. MacColl
3rd Allan Russell
4th Finlay Johnston
5th Graham Drummond
6th Jonathan Greenlees, Glasgow
Judges: Andrew Frater, Iain MacLellan

B-Grade
Piobaireachd
(10 competed from two heats, each producing five finalists)
1st Connor Sinclair, Crieff, Scotland
2nd Graham Mulholland
3rd Ashley McMichael
4th Andrew Hall
5th Jamie Elder
6th Ross McCrindle
Judges: Ian Duncan, Ronnie McShannon

March
1st Callum Watson
2nd Callum Moffat
3rd Glen Ross
4th Connor Sinclair
5th Euan Dewar
6th Andrew Hall
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Walter Cowan

Strathspey & Reel
1st Glenn Ross
2nd Connor Sinclair
3rd Callum Watson
4th Graham Mulholland
5th Callum Moffat
6th Faye Henderson
Judges: Andrew Frater, Iain MacLellan

C-Grade
Piobaireachd
1st Euan McNab
2nd Bobby Durning
3rd Chris Lee
4th Ben Mulheard
5th Connor Jardine
6th Jan Belak
Judges: Patricia Henderson, Colin MacLellan

March
1st Daniel McDermott
2nd Edward Gaul
3rd Connor Jardine
4th Ben Mulhearn
5th Gordon Barclay
6th Euan McNab
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Walter Cowan

Strathspey & Reel
1st Connor Jardine
2nd Chris Lee
3rd Edward Gaul
4th Daniel McDermott
5th Gordon Barclay
6th Ben Mulhearn
Judges: Andrew Frater, Iain MacLellan

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FMM concert headed for sell-out

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Ten-time World Champions Filed Marshal Montgomery are no strangers to the Pre-World’s Concert in Glasgow, with at least four previous appearances on the big stage over the years, and the band’s 2016 “IMPACT” show on August 10th at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is nearly sold-out according to the Grade 2 Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band, organizers of the annual event.

Glasgow Skye band treasurer Dougie Orr confirmed that fewer than 200 seated tickets remain for the concert, which has often served as a good set-up for winning the World’s itself, with bands generally getting a lift from the event on the following weekend.

If the remaining seated tickets are sold, another 100 standing-room tickets will be added to help satisfy the over-demand.

Field Marshal Montgomery last performed at the Pre-World’s Concert in 2007 when the band mounted its “RE:CHARGED” show, which subsequently resulted in a DVD and CD of the event.

Tickets are priced at £19.50 and available online from the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Field Marshal Montgomery has enjoyed another strong competition season so far, winning the UK Championship, finishing second at both the British Championship and the European Championship, and winning its twenty-third All-Ireland Championship.

The Pre-World’s Concert is usually a sold-out event, with bands such as Simon Fraser University, Boghall & Bathgate, Inveraray & District and St. Laurence O’Toole taking the stage in recent years.

 

Benoni takes SBG; Transvaal wins overall

Published: July 18, 2016

Gauteng, South Africa – July 16, 2016 – The last of the five regional championships in South Africa was the St. Benedict’s Gathering at St. Benedict’s College in Bedfordview, Gauteng, in warm winter sun and blue skies, where the overall 2016 Grade 2 title went to Transvaal Scottish. Benoni MacTalla won the day by taking both the MSR and the Medley events with seven of eight firsts.

Grade 2
Medley
1st Benoni MacTalla (1,1,2,1)
2nd Transvaal Scottish (2,2,1,2)
3rd Spirit of Richmond Grade3 (3,3,3,3)
Judges: Adrian Haddow, Craig Herwill (piping); Dave Jeffrey (drumming); Ewen Gilchrist (ensemble)

MSR
1st Benoni MacTalla (1,1,1,1)
2nd Transvaal Scottish (2,2,2,2)
3rd Spirit of Richmond Grade3 (3,3,3,3)
Judges: David Harris, Geoff Irvine (piping); Steve St. Clair-Hall (drumming); Thomas Fuller (ensemble)

Grade 3
1st Spirit of Richmond
2nd Glen Allen
3rd SA Irish
4th Transvaal Scottish (Gr3)

Grade 4
1st Pretoria Highlanders
2nd De La Salle Combined

Juvenile
1st St. Benedict’s Juvenile
Novice Juvenile
1st Benoni

 

Vids: More 78th Frasers winning at Cambridge

Published: July 16, 2016

Cambridge, Ontario – July 16, 2016 – The 78th Fraser Highlanders were the winners of the three-band Grade 1 Medley competition at the annual Cambridge Highland Games, held in mainly sunny and warm weather, with temperatures reaching about 26 degrees on a parched field. The band remains undefeated so far in the competitions they’ve played in in 2016. The Toronto Police suffered from the band’s leading-drummer breaking his drum head at the beginning of their medley. Greater Midwest of Michigan took Grade 2. Ian K. MacDonald earned Professional Solo Piper of the Day honours, while Zack Miller gained the equivalent in Professional Solo Snare Drumming.

78th Frasers’ bass drummer Johnny Rowe mid-performance.

Grade 1 (medley, three competed)
1st 78th Fraser Highlanders (1,1,1,1)
2nd Toronto Police (2,2,3,2)
3rd Ottawa Police Service (3,3,2,3)
Best Bass: Toronto Police
Judges: Eddie Gorman, John Elliott (piping); Brian McCue (drumming); Michael Grey (ensemble)

Grade 2 (MSR, three competed)
1st Great Midwest (2,2,1,1)
2nd 400 Squadron (1,1,3,2)
3rd Paris Port Dover (3,3,2,3)
Drumming: Great Midwest
Best Bass: Greater Midwest
Judges: Eddie Gorman, John Elliott (piping); Brian McCue (drumming); Michael Grey (ensemble)

Grade 3 (MSR)
1st Rob Roy (1,1,2,2)
2nd Hamilton Police (2,4,3,1)
3rd Buffalo Bagpipe Band Club (4,8,1,3)
4th Windsor Police (6,2,4,4)
5th Toronto Police (Gr3) (3,3,5,6)
6th Guelph (5,5,6,5)
7th Glengarry (8,7,7,7)
8th Durham Regional Police (7,6,8,8)
Best Bass: Rob Roy
Judges: Bob Worrall, Lynda Mackay (piping); Ken Constable (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 4 (medley)
1st Arnprior MacNab (1,1,1,1)
2nd Niagara Regional Police (2,2,3,2)
3rd Paris/Port Dover (Gr4) (3,3,5,4)
4th Border Cities Caledonian (4,5,4,3)
5th Barrie (5,4,2,5)
Best Bass: Barrie
Judges: Bob Worrall, Lynda Mackay (piping); Ken Constable (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 5 (march medley)
1st Lindsay (1,2,1,3)
2nd London Fire Fighters (3,1,3,1)
3rd Ryan Russell Memorial (2,7,5,2)
4th Cambridge & District (4,3,6,6)
5th Hamilton Police (Gr5) (6,5,2,8)
6th Georgetown (5,4,9,5)
7th Grand Celtic (7,6,4,7)
8th Paris Port Dover (Gr5) (8,9,8,4)
9th St. Andrews Mississauga (9,8,7,9)
Judges: Eddie Gorman, John Elliott (piping); Brian McCue (drumming); Michael Grey (ensemble)

Professional Solo Piping
Piobaireachd
A-Grade
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Andrew Hayes
3rd Callum Harper
4th Glenn Walpole
5th Nick Hudson
6th Doug MacRae
Judge: Pete Aumonier

B-Grade
1st Aidan Bowen
2nd Tyler Bridge
3rd Andrew Mackay
4th Palmer Shonk
5th Tyler Harris
6th Tyler Johnson
Judge: Michael Grey

March
1st Callum Harper
2nd Jacob Dicker
3rd Andrea Boyd
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Andrew Hayes
6th Doug MacRae
Judge: Ken Eller

Strathspey & Reel
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Andrew Hayes
3rd Callum Harper
4th Glenn Walpole
5th Jacob Dicker
6th Nick Hudson
Judge: Jake Watson

Jig
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2d Glenn Walpole
3rd Callum Harper
4th Dylan Whittemore
5th Steve Tripp
6th Jacob Dicker
Judge: John Elliott

Professional Solo Snare Drumming
MSR
1st Zack Miller
2nd Iain Bell
3rd Neil Birkett
4th Kyle Wardell
5th MacKenzie Chamberlain
6th Cameron McKail
Judge: Brian McCue

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Kyle Wardell
2nd Zack Miller
3rd MacKenzie Chamberlain
4th Iain Bell
5th Cameron McKail
6th Neil Birkett
Judge: Ken Constable

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Piping Centre recruiting for two full-time teachers

Published: July 13, 2016

Glasgow’s National Piping Centre is searching for two full-time piping instructors to replace David Wilton and Clare Lynas who recently submitted their resignations.

Eligible candidates will be part of the nine-instructor staff headed by Director Roddy MacLeod, providing piping instruction to students at the National Piping Centre and conduct workshops and assessments for students; teach at external primary or secondary schools, summer schools and outreach events nationally and internationally; assist in the development of learning resources for courses and more.

In addition to teaching piping, instructors have to pitch in from time to time to assist with organizing competitions and events, including the annual Piping Live! Festival in August.

The posts come at a time when the College of Piping in Glasgow is searching for a director.

A full job description is available on the organization’s web site, and those interested and who feel they are qualified are invited to contact the National Piping Centre’s Hayley MacInnes with your details.

Wilton recently accepted a piping teaching position with the High School of Dundee, meaning that he and Lynas will have to relocate. Lynas plans to continue to teach piping privately and working to establish classes in the Angus area of Scotland, in addition to managing the couple’s Highland dance business. In addition to being a top-flight solo piper and pipe-major of the Grade 2 Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band, Wilton is a former winner of the adult World Highland Dancing Championship several times. He confirmed his intention to remain with the band, which he took over last year.

 

Competitors chill at three-day Antigonish

Published: July 11, 2016

Antigonish, Nova Scotia – July 8-10, 2016 – More than 250 pipers and drummers competed at the 153rd Antigonish Highland Games under overcast and cool weather, with the thermometre reaching only 16 degrees, in contrast to normal much warmer years. The event held its first Freestyle Piping Knockout on the Friday night, which was won by James MacHattie of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, according to three unknown judges in the audience and three applause metres measuring audience response. Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was the overall winner of the  Professional Solo Piping, while MacHattie won the indoor Atlantic Canada Open Piobaireachd contest.

Bands
Saturday
Grade 1
(MSR, one played)
78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
Judges: Michael Grey, Iain Simpson (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 2 (MSR, two competed)
1st College of Piping, Summerside
2nd Dartmouth & District (Gr3)
Judges: Michael Grey, Iain Simpson (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 3 (MSR, two competed)
1st Dartmouth & District
2nd 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (Gr3)
Judges: Michael Grey, Iain Simpson (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 4 (MSR, two competed)
1st College of Piping, Summerside (Gr4)
2nd Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew
Judges: Michael Grey, Iain Simpson (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 5 (march medley)
1st Cochrane (ens.pref.)
2nd Dartmouth & District (Gr5)
3rd College of Piping (Gr5)
Judges: Michael Grey, Iain Simpson (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) performing at the 2016 Antigonish Highland Games.

Sunday
Grade 1
(medley, one played)
78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ann Gray (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 2 (medley, two competed)
1st College of Piping, Summerside
2nd Dartmouth & District (Gr3)
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ann Gray (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 3 (medley, two competed)
1st Dartmouth & District
2nd 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (Gr3)
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ann Gray (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 4 (medley)
College of Piping (Gr4)
1st Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew
Judges: Iain Simpson, Jim Stack (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 5
1st Dartmouth & District (Gr5)
2nd College of Piping (Gr5)
3rd Cochrane (ens.pref.)
Judges: Iain Simpson, Jim Stack (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Professional Solo Piping
Antigonish Farmers Mutual Insurance Freestyle Knockout
1st James MacHattie ($1,000)
2nd Alex Gandy ($750)
3rd Jonathan Simpson ($500)

Atlantic Canada Open Piobaireachd
1st James MacHattie, “In Praise of Morag”
2nd Bruce Gandy
3rd Ann Gray
Judge: Michael Grey

March
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd James Dyson
Judge: Ken Eller

Strathspey & Reel
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Alex Gandy
3rd James MacHattie
Judge: Jim Stack

Jig
1st Alex Gandy
2nd James MacHattie
3rd Bruce Gandy
Judge: Iain Simpson

Professional Solo Snare Drumming
MSR
1st Sam Ramsay
2nd Joseph Burton

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Sam Ramsay
2nd Joseph Burton

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World’s Grade 1 Qualifier draw decided

Published: July 10, 2016

The 21 Grade 1 bands competing and much of the piping and drumming world waited intently to hear about the draw for the Qualifying groups at the 2016 World Pipe Band Championships, which has just been announced by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association. Each group is well-balanced with plenty of opportunity for unexpected bands to get into the Grade 1 Final.

With 11 bands in Group 1 and 10 in Group 2 competing on Friday, August 12th, six bands from each group will go on to compete in the Final on Saturday, August 13th, at Glasgow Green in Glasgow.

Each group features three bands that have placed in the three major championships held so far in the RSPBA season, with Group 1 having British Champions Inveraray & District, reigning World Champions Shotts & Dykehead and the re-formed Spirit of Scotland, which has placed in all three majors. Group 1 also features Simon Fraser University, which placed fifth at the 2015 World Championships. Group 2 includes both UK Champions Field Marshal Montgomery and European Champions St. Laurence O’Toole, along with a resurgent ScottishPower, which has also placed at all three majors.

Grade 1
Qualifier 1

  1. Bleary & District (Northern Ireland)
  2. Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
  3. Los Angeles Scots (USA)
  4. Inveraray & District (Scotland)
  5. Peel Regional Police (Canada)
  6. New Zealand Police (New Zealand)
  7. Simon Fraser University (Canada)
  8. Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
  9. Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
  10. Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
  11. Spirit of Scotland (Scotland)

Qualifier 2

  1. Greater Glasgow Police (Scotland)
  2. St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
  3. 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
  4. Ravara (Northern Ireland)
  5. Ottawa Police Service (Canada)
  6. Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)
  7. 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (Canada)
  8. Bagad Cap Caval (Brittany)
  9. Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
  10. ScottishPower (Scotland)

The 21 total bands are one fewer than in 2015, with Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles shut down at least for the year and Stuart Highlanders of the USA and Canada’s Toronto Police opting not to attend this year’s World’s. Bagad Cap Caval of Brittany and Manawatu Scottish of New Zealand return to the competition after a few years away. The RSPBA and its adjudicators will need to be extra careful when recording results with the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) both competing in Group 2.

The RSPBA has not formally announced the adjudicators for the Grade 1 qualifying rounds, but a preliminary list had Jim Campbell Sam Young (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); and Nat Russell (ensemble) making up one team, and G. Wilson, William Garrett (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); and Peter Snaddon comprising the other. Each competing group plays both a Medley and MSR of their own choice, with the judging teams alternating. The 12 bands that compete in the Final must play a different Medley and MSR, thus providing a strategic element to the event in that a band with a preferred MSR and/or medley must decide what to go with on the Friday.

Preliminary announcement for the Grade 1 Final had the Medley judged by Harry Stevenson and Alan Ronaldson (piping), Gordon Craig (drumming), and Jennifer Hutcheon (ensemble), and MSR judges announced as Ronnie McShannon and Jim Wark (piping), Sandy Steele (drumming), and Iain MacInnes (ensemble).

The Grade 2 competition has a healthy number, with 25 bands vying in two qualifying groups for six spots each in a 12-band Medley Final.

pipes|drums readers might enjoy revisiting our photo feature of the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships.

 

Maxville pumps up with more non-PPBSO judges

Published: July 5, 2016

The Glengarry Highland Games at Maxville, Ontario – the North American Championships – are again increasing the number of non-Ontario adjudicators, with Hal Senyk and Jamie W. Troy coming in from British Columbia and Tom Kee and Brian Morgan from the eastern United States. Senyk and Troy will handle solo piping and bands, while Kee and Morgan will look after snare drumming and bands and solo bass/tenor, respectively.

Hal Senyk

“I’m happy and excited about having judges of this calibre attending Maxville this year and adjudicating some of our solo and band competitions,” said Chris Buchanan, president of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario. “It’s important for our competitors to play for a variety of judges, and the North American Championships provide a perfect opportunity for judges from other jurisdictions to adjudicate in Ontario.”

Jamie Troy

Buchanan said that the additional expense to bring in the adjudicators will be shared by the contest organizers and the PPBSO.

Tom Kee

Kee, Senyk and Troy have all judged and competed at the contest in the past; Morgan will adjudicate at Maxville for the first time. Senyk was Pipe-Major of Grade 1 Triumph Street for many years, and Troy led the Grade 1 City of Victoria for longer than a decade. Both bands in the 1970s were among the first non-Scottish bands to gain prizes at the World Pipe Band Championships. Kee is a former member of the Grade 1 Shotts & Dykehead drum corps under Alex Duthart and was leading-drummer of City of Washington for many years.

Last year the competition brought in British Columbia’s John Fisher and John Wilson of Glasgow to judge.

The Glengarry Highland Games have been running annually since 1948 and are the world’s largest piping, drumming and pipe band event in terms of the number of solo and band competition performances. The town of Maxville, population of about 3,300, sees more than 50,000 attend the two-day event.

 

Another gift to the piping world

Published: July 4, 2016

Brian Switalla reviews The International Collection of Bagpipe Music – Book Three by Bob Worrall

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78th Frasers streaking at Kincardine

Published: July 3, 2016

Kincardine, Ontario – July 2, 2016 – A picture-perfect sunny day on the shores of Lake Huron was the familiar scene at the annual Kincardine Scottish Festival, where the 78th Fraser Highlanders won for the fourth straight time in the 2016 outdoor season. The band piping judges were at times far apart in their results. Sean McKeown was the Professional Piper of the Day and Zack Miller Professional Snare Drummer of the Day.

Bands
Grade 1
(MSR, three competed)
1st 78th Fraser Highlanders (1,1,1,1)
2nd Toronto Police (2,2,2,2)
3rd Peel Regional Police (3,3,3,3)
Best Bass: 78th Fraser Highlanders
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ken Eller (piping); Dan Bist (drumming); Bob Worrall (ensemble)

Grade 2 (medley, three competed)
1st Great Lakes (3,1,1,1)
2nd 400 Squadron (2,2,2,2)
3rd Paris Port Dover (1,3,3,3)
Best Bass: Great Lakes
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ken Eller (piping); Dan Bist (drumming); Bob Worrall (ensemble)

Grade 3 (medley, seven competed)
1st Rob Roy (5,1,2,1)
2nd Hamilton Police (1,5,1,2)
3rd Windsor Police (3,2,4,3)
4th Toronto Police (Gr3) (2,3,3,4)
5th Guelph (4,4,5,5)
6th Durham Regional Police (6,6,7,6)
7th Chicago Celtic (7,7,6,7)
Best Bass: Hamilton Police
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ken Eller (piping); Dan Bist (drumming); Bob Worrall (ensemble)

Grade 4 (mini-MSR, four competed)
1st Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (1,1,1,1)
2nd Paris Port Dover (Gr4) (2,3,2,3)
3rd Barrie (4,2,3,2)
4th Flint Scottish (3,4,4,4)
Best Bass: Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ken Eller (piping); Dan Bist (drumming); Bob Worrall (ensemble)

Grade 5 (march medley, nine competed)
1st Hamilton Police (Gr5) (3,6,1,1)
2nd Grand Celtic (7,3,2,2)
3rd London Firefighters (1,2,7,4)
4th Lindsay (4,1,3,6)
5th Paris Port Dover (Gr5) (5,7,4,3)
6th White Heather (6,5,5,5)
7th Ryan Russell Memorial (2,8,6,7)
8th Georgetown (8,4,9,9)
9th Dundas (9,9,8,8)
Best Bass: Hamilton Police
Judges: Iain Simpson, Ken Eller (piping); Dan Bist (drumming); Jake Watson (ensemble)

Professional Solo Piping
Piobaireachd
A-Grade
1st Nick Hudson
2nd Callum Harper
3rd Sean McKeown
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Doug MacRae
6th Dylan Whittemore
Judge: Bob Worrall

B-Grade
1st Jonathon Simpson
2nd Tyler Bridge
3rd Tyler Harris
4th Aidan Bowen
5th Alastair Murray
6th Mike Allegretti
Judge: Bob Worrall

March
1st Tyler Johnson
2nd Sean McKeown
3rd Ian K. MacDonald
4th Glenn Walpole
5th Jonathon Simpson
6th Doug MacRae
Judge: Pete Aumonier

Strathspey & Reel
1st Glenn Walpole
2nd Jonathon Simpson
3rd Nick Hudson
4th Sean McKeown
5th Ian K. MacDonald
6th Callum Harper
Judge: Ken Eller

Jig
1st Callum Harper
2nd Glenn Walpole
3rd Ian K. MacDonald
4th Nick Hudson
5th Sean McKeown
6th Jonathon Simpson
Judge: Jake Watson

Professional Solo Snare Drumming
MSR
1st Zack Miller
2nd Cameron McKail
3rd Neil Birkett
4th Iain Bell
5th MacKenzie Chamberlain
6th Kyle Wardell
Judge: Steve Hill

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Zack Miller
2nd Cameron McKail
3rd Kyle Wardell
4th MacKenzie Chamberlain
5th Iain Bell
6th Neil Birkett
Judge: Dan Bist

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FMM tops SLOT at All-Ireland

Published: July 2, 2016

FMM-logoMalahide, Ireland – July 2, 2016 – The UK/Irish season took another turn at the All-Ireland Championships, with Field Marshal Montgomery edging St. Laurence O’Toole for the overall title, one week after St. Laurence O’Toole beat Field Marshal Montgomery at the European Championships at Forres, Scotland. Field Marshal Montgomery won the Medley event, while St. Laurence O’Toole took the MSR. It was the twenty-third All-Ireland victory in Field Marshal Montgomery’s history. The annual event alternates between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, run by the RSPBA’s Northern Ireland branch and Irish Pipe Band Association, respectively.

Grade 1
Overall
1st Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole
3rd Bleary & District
4th Ravara
Drumming: St. Laurence O’Toole

Medley
1st Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,1)
2nd St. Laurence O’Toole (2,2,1,2)
3rd Ravara (ens.pref) (4,4,3,3)
4th Bleary & District (3,3,4,4)
Judges: John Wilson, Ian Wood (piping); Jim Baxter (drumming); Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

MSR
1st St. Laurence O’Toole (ens.pref.) (2,2,1,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (1,1,2,2)
3rd Bleary & District (3,3,4,3)
4th Ravara (4,4,3,4)
Judges: Cameron Edgar, Colin Moffett (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)

Grade 2
1st Police Service of Northern Ireland
2nd Closkelt
3rd Thiepval Memorial
Drumming: Police Service of Northern Ireland
Judges: John Wilson, Ian Wood (piping); Jim Baxter (drumming); Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

Grade 3A
1st Colmcille
2nd New Ross & District
3rd Aughintober
4th Drumlough
Piping: Colmcille
Drumming: New Ross & District
Judges: Cameron Edgar, Colin Moffett (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)

Grade 3B
1st Matt Boyd Memorial
2nd Achill
3rd Finvoy
4th St. Joseph’s Clondalkin
Piping: St. Joseph’s Clondalkin
Drumming: Finvoy
Judges: John Wilson, Ian Wood (piping); Jim Baxter (drumming); Alan Ronaldson (ensemble)

Grade 4A
1st Battlehill
2nd Cullybackey
3rd Cleland Memorial
4th McNeilstown
Drumming: Battlehill
Judges: Cameron Edgar, Colin Moffett (piping); Ciaran Mordaunt (drumming); Joe Noble (ensemble)

Grade 4B
1st St. Mary’s Derrytrasna
2nd Clontibret
3rd Sgt. Walker Memorial
4th Gilnahirk
Drumming: Gilnahirk
Judges: Tim Farrelly, Winston Pollock (piping); June Nolan (drumming); John Moles (ensemble)

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You can’t fire us; we quit! Whitehorse story continues

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The story of the suspensions handed down to members of the Grade 1 City of Whitehorse Pipe Band of Melbourne, Australia, continued to build, with a statement released to pipes|drums from Pipe Bands Australia, clarifying that the penalties have been made longer than originally reported, with Pipe-Major George Shepherd receiving a four-year ban from all pipe band competitions in that country and, potentially, the world.

But the band now has maintained that the suspensions are nullified due to the band resigning first from Pipe Bands Australia and the Victorian Highland Pipe Band Association, therefore, according to the band’s interpretation, making it impossible to suspend their members.

Suspensions were directed at four City of Whitehorse members, ranging from 24 months to Shepherd’s 48, and the Pipe Bands Australia has notified other associations about the penalties, suggesting that the suspensions be upheld regardless of jurisdiction.

The intended suspensions relate to a photo originally posted on Facebook on March 12, 2016, by a member of the Grade 1 Canterbury Caledonian Pipe Band of New Zealand, showing members of the band celebrating its victory at the 2016 New Zealand Pipe Band Championships. The picture also shows what appears to be Pipe Bands Australia adjudicator Nat Russell in the relatively far background apparently wearing a baseball cap adorned with the Canterbury Caledonian emblem.

The photo in question, which was shared to a “private” City of Whitehorse Facebook page from a public Facebook page of a member of Canterbury Caledonian. It used here by permission of the copyright owner. The photo is still publicly available on the Canterbury Caledonian member’s Facebook page.

At the time of the publication of this story, the image remained available on the publicly accessible Facebook page. It is reproduced here on pipes|drums with the written permission of the copyright owner.

The photo was subsequently republished or “shared” on a City of Whitehorse “private” Facebook page, to which access is granted by the band, with a heading, “Just looking through some photos of the NZ Nationals today. Who’s that in the background with a baseball cap . . . answers on a postcard!”

pipes|drums has not seen the comments that led to the suspensions, and it is unclear whether it is the publication of the photo, the ensuing comments or the . . .

 

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MacPhee lusts for Luss

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Luss, Scotland – July 2, 2016 – Donald MacPhee of Alexandria, Scotland, took firsts in the Piobaireachd and March at Luss Highland Games, perhaps the most beautiful scenery in the world for a piping competition. Weather was changeable, rapidly changing from warm and sunny to cold and rainy.

Chris Lee competing in the Senior solo piping at Luss.

Senior
Piobaireachd
1st Donald MacPhee, “Donald of Laggan”
2nd Craig Martin, “Too Long in This Condition”
3rd Rebecca Tierney, “Clan Campbell’s Gathering”
Judges: Ian Duncan, Tom Speirs

March
1st Donald MacPhee
2nd Steven Gray
3rd Maël Sicard
Judges: Jim Henderson, Ronnie McShannon

Strathspey & Reel
1st Steven Gray
2nd Andrew Bova
3rd Ross Miller
Judges: Jim Henderson, Ronnie McShannon

Under-18 MSR
1st Luke Kennedy
2nd Findlay Frame
3rd Alistair McLean

Watson-Massey injured by gazebo at Thornton

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Brodie Watson-Massey being tended to by paramedics at Thornton Games, while fellow competitors sit by.

Thornton, Scotland – July 2, 2016 – The Thornton Highland Games were a small but lively affair, punctuated by high winds and a gust blowing the judges’ gazebo tent off its moorings and into junior piper Brodie Watson-Massey in mid-performance. Watson-Massey was fortunate not to be badly injured. He was tended to by paramedics, and was allowed to play again. The judges escaped without injury, except perhaps to their pride. In the Senor solo piping, Eddie Gaul and Allan Russell took the firsts, with Russell having the overall best day.

Senior
Piobaireachd
1st Eddie Gaul, “Lament for the Children”
2nd Campbell Webster, Concord, New Hampshire, “The MacGregors’ Salute”
3rd Alan Russell, Kelty, Scotland, “Mary’s Praise”

MSR
1st Alan Russell
2nd Amos Fox, Brisbane
3rd Campbell Webster
4th Eddie Gaul

The remains of the Thornton judges’ tent.

Junior
Piobaireachd
(two competed)
1st = Brodie Watson-Massey, “MacCrimmons Sweetheart,” Chris Happs, “Cabar Feidh gu Brath”

MSR
1st Chris Happs
2nd Brodie Watson-Massey
3rd Brandon MacDonald
4th Matthew MacKelvie

All events were judged by Euan Anderson and Andrew Frater.

 

More to the story: Whitehorse elaborates

Published: July 1, 2016

 Upon hearing the news of Melbourne, Australia’s Grade 1 City of Whitehorse Pipe Band’s decision to rescind its membership with both the Victorian Pipe Band Association and Pipe Bands Australia, pipes|drums immediately requested Pipe-Major George Shepherd to elaborate on the suspensions and his band’s decision to leave.

Shepherd responded approximately 24 hours later with the following lengthy summary of his perspective on the matter, which we publish in full below.

The issue revolves around a photo of Pipe Bands Australia adjudicator Nat Russell allegedly posing with a band that he has adjudicated in the past while wearing a baseball cap with the band’s logo. The photo was published on City of Whitehorse’s “private” Facebook page, with allegedly disparaging comments.

Following a formal complaint, Pipe Bands Australia investigated the matter and subsequently suspended five City of Whitehorse members, according to Shepherd, “the author of the post who shared the photo in the private group, a person who ‘liked’ the photo and three others who commented.” Among the suspended are Shepherd (24 months) and Leading-Drummer Olav Goud (12 months).

To provide better context to the story, we requested a copy of the photograph in question, but Shepherd was not willing to provide it.

The issue of “private” or “closed” groups on Facebook was brought to light in a 2010 article in PC Magazine that attempts to debunk the premise that anything on Facebook is truly private.

The matter of pipe band judges wearing merchandise and sometimes even the kilt of bands that they adjudicate has been a topic of conversation and consternation since the dawn of pipe band competitions. Some associations advise in their written or verbal code of conduct that adjudicators should avoid such appearances of conflict of interest.

To our knowledge, no association actually requires judges not to be seen wearing competitors’ merchandise.

Following is the full statement to pipes|drums from George Shepherd. All emboldened text is Shepherd’s.

 

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Whitehorse bolts PBA after suspensions

Published: June 30, 2016

Five members of the Grade 1 City of Whitehorse Pipe Band of Melbourne, Australia, have received suspensions from 12 to 24 months by Pipe Bands Australia following an investigation into social media posts that reportedly took aim at prominent Australian adjudicator Nat Russell.

Following the suspensions, City of Whitehorse announced that it has “rescinded” its membership with the Australian and Victorian pipe band associations, and will not compete at upcoming competitions, including the bi-annual Australian Championships in October.

Allegedly among the suspended are Pipe-Major George Shepherd (24 months) and Leading-Drummer Olav Goud (12 months).

Pipe Bands Australia, which is the umbrella group that oversees the various pipe band associations from across the country, launched an investigation into a post on the band’s private Facebook page that included an altered image of Russell, which, according to the band, showed Russell posing with a band he judges wearing the band’s gear, followed by disparaging comments.

A parody of the familiar Adolf Hitler-themed movie, Downfall, was also allegedly made, taunting the Grade 2 Hawthorn City Pipe Band, also of Melbourne.

A statement from Pipe Bands Australia confirmed that five Whitehorse members had been suspended “following an investigation into breaches of [the association’s] Member Protection Policy.” The statement said that “The investigation subsequently found the five had engaged in cyberbullying and creation of a hostile environment that brought the association into disrepute.”

At a meeting on June 22nd, the national management committee of Pipe Bands Australia determined penalties for the breaches “ranging from a 12-month partially-suspended period of suspension to 24 months’ suspension and additional probationary periods.” Further breaches would result in “immediate termination” of membership, and the suspended members must “formally and fully retract their comments and involvement in the social media posts . . . and issue an unreserved apology for distress and hurt caused by the post and subsequent comments. A failure to make the apology will result in immediate termination of membership of Pipe Bands Australia.”

Rather than file an appeal, City of Whitehorse decided to leave . . .

 

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Glasgow College of Piping searching for director

Published: June 27, 2016

The 73-year-old College of Piping in Glasgow is search for a new Director of Piping “to keep the College at the forefront of bagpipe teaching and research in the world.”

The position will focus on teaching, mainly, according to a spokesperson for the organization and Fraser MacInnes will remain as College Manager. The new director will not be involved specifically with the College’s Piping Times publication.

The disclosed responsibilities of the director include developing the College of Piping’s structured learning in line with Piping & Drumming Qualifications Board and Scottish Qualifications Authority structures; growing student numbers and maximizing the use of the College’s premises in Glasgow; being an “ambassador” for the College of Piping on a local and worldwide basis; and providing masterclass tuition at the College of Piping and at various other schools/events worldwide.

Attributes of ideal candidates include “high musical achievement and profile in the piping world, strong communication skills and media awareness and strong leadership skills.”

Since the abrupt and controversial departure of Robert Wallace in 2014 resulted the leadership of the College of Piping has been held down by jointly by various people in addition to MacInnes, with Dugald MacNeill serving as chairman of the board of directors, and MacNeill’s son, Colin, rising as another leader, and another board member, Bruce Hitchings, assisting with teaching.

Despite the importance of the position, it is essentially a part-time role, at least at the beginning, with the successful candidate needing to work at least one day per week, with “an appropriate level of remuneration.” Salary details were not disclosed.

The College of Piping was started in 1944 by Seumas MacNeill and Thomas Pearston, and remained the world’s foremost teaching institution until the Piping Centre (now the National Piping Centre) came to prominence in 1996, founded initially as the next phase of the College of Piping with MacNeill working collaboratively on the project. But a dispute over leadership resulted in MacNeill breaking away from the planning committee, and the College of Piping remained a distinct and separate organization.

Since its start, the National Piping Centre has gone from strength-to-strength, occupying a formidable headquarters on McPhater Street and serving as the focal point for the annual Piping Live! Glasgow International Festival of Piping, which takes over a large part of central Glasgow every August during the week preceding the World Pipe Band Championships.

Wallace was reportedly a self-employed agent and not technically an employee, serving as director/principal of the College of Piping for 15 years, his role encompassing almost all levels of management of the organization, including acting as editor of the Piping Times. Allegedly, Wallace was increasingly at odds with the College of Piping’s Board of Directors before leaving, reportedly on his own volition.

 

SLOT in European union at Forres

Published: June 25, 2016

Forres, Scotland – June 25, 2016 – St. Laurence O’Toole won the 2016 European Pipe Band Championship at Forres, near Inverness in the north of Scotland. The competition coincidentally was held two days after Great Britain voted to leave the European Union after a contentious campaign. The championship was the third of the five major competitions on the RSPBA calendar. It was the first major championship victory of the year for SLOT, which came all the way from a sixth prize at the UK Championship two weeks before. SLOT was the third different winner of the three championships held so far this year, with Field Marshal Montgomery taking the UK, and Inveraray & District winning the British on May 21st.

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2016 European Champions St. Laurence O’Toole set to march off with the trophy at Forres.

Grade 1 (medley, 11 competed)
1st St. Laurence O’Toole (1,1,2,1)
2nd Field Marshal Montgomery (2,3,2,2)
3rd Inveraray & District (4,2,1,3)
4th Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (3,4,6,4)
5th ScottishPower (5,5,7,5)
6th Spirit of Scotland (ens.pref.) (6,7,5,6)
Judges: Robert Mathieson, John McCarlie (piping); H. Russell (drumming); Gordon Lawrie (ensemble)

Grade 2 (MSR, 18 competed)
1st Police Service of Northern Ireland (1,1,4,1)
2nd Buchan Peterson (4,3,3,2)
3rd Johnstone (5,4,2,3)
4th Balagan (3,2,7,4)
5th Lomond & Clyde (2,5,5,5)
6th Glasgow Skye Association (6,6,1,6)
Judges: George Wilson, Robert Shaw (piping); Paul Turner (drumming); John MacInnes (ensemble)

Greater Midwest wins at warm Chicago

Published: June 24, 2016

Greater_Midwest_logoChicago – June 17-18, 2016 – More than 300 solo competitors and a total of 31 separate band performances populated the warm and sunny Chicago Highland Games, where the Greater Midwest Pipe Band was the overall winner in a tightly contested Grade 2. Grade 2 and Grade 3 bands for the second year played their medleys in concert formation. A change this year had the drumming judge in the rear of the formation but kept the piping and ensemble judges seated at the front. This change was well received by the bands. Almost US$12,000 was awarded in total prize money. Grade 3 and Grade 4 solo competitions were held on Friday afternoon, and organizers might expand this in 2017.

Grade 2
Medley

1st Greater Midwest (1,2,1,1)
2nd Midlothian Scottish (2,1,3,2)
3rd Great Lakes (3,3,2,3)
Judges: Brian Donaldson, Ken Eller (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Alex MacIntyre (ensemble)

MSR
1st Great Lakes (3,3,1,1) (EnsPref)
2nd Greater Midwest (2,2,2,2) (EnsPref)
3rd Midlothian Scottish (1,1,3,3)
Judges : Brian Donaldson, Alex MacIntyre, (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Greater Midwest competing in concert formation at the 2016 Chicago Highland Games.

Grade 3
Medley

1st Cameron Highlanders (1,1,2,1)
2nd Macalester College (2,2,1,5)
3rd Chicago Celtic (5,4,3,2)
4th Chicago Scots (4,3,4,3)
Judges: Brian Donaldson, Ken Eller (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Alex MacIntyre (ensemble)

MSR
1st Cameron Highlanders (1,1,3,1)
2nd Macalester College (2,3,1,2)
3rd Chicago Celtic (4,2,2,3)
4th Fountain Trust (3,5,4,5)
Judges : Brian Donaldson, Alex MacIntyre, (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 4 (Medley)
1st Cameron Highlanders (1,1,3,1)
2nd Chicago Stock Yard Kilty (2,2,2,2)
3rd Chicago Highlanders (4,3,4,3)
4th 87th Cleveland (6,4,1,4)
Judges : Brian Donaldson, Alex MacIntyre, (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 5 (quick march medley)
1st Kansas City St. Andrew (2,1,1,2)
2nd Cincinnati Caledonian (3,5,2,5)
3rd Omaha (7,7,3,1)
4th Dundee Scottish (4,6,6,3)

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