$3,565 prize package up for grabs in 2013 pipes|drums “Pick The Six” contest!

Published: July 28, 2013
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pipes|drums Magazine is delighted once again to bring our annual Pick The Six contest to our tens of thousands of readers worldwide. Everyone loves to make their educated predication as to which six bands will make the prize list at the World Pipe Band Championship, and this year’s format provides an even more interesting opportunity.

Twelve of our current advertisers have kindly stepped up to sponsor the contest, and a wide array of products and services will go to one canny reader, with a total retail value of $3,565!

Rules are listed below, but first, here are the terrific prizes from our even more terrific sponsors:


One-year membership to the BagpipeLessons.com Studio. $240 retail value.


One 16 x 13 Full Carbon Fibre Hosbilt tenor drum. (This drum is state of the art and one has not yet been released to the public market.) The drum will be fashioned as either an “Open Tenor” (one head) as shown or “Closed Tenor” (two heads) model as the winner’s choice. $895 retail value.

Kinnaird Bagpipes

One set of Kinnaird Evolution Drone Reeds. $120 retail value

Lee & Sons Bagpipes

Pipe bag, custom-made for the winner, in choice of cowhide, goatskin, or sheepskin, any size, with grommets and a zipper if preferred. Up to $385 retail value.

Lyons Bagpipes

One set of Crozier Glass Fibre Drone Reeds. $110 retail value.

One Moose Valve. $40 retail value.

Mayor Drum Supply

Full set of Mayor bass and tenor mallets (choice of five available colors) for your favourite band’s entire bass section. $500 retail value.

Two workshop “scholarships” (choose from bass, snare, tenor) for Oktenorfest coming up this October 26th. $200 retail value.

Piper’s Dojo

Membership at Dojo U to the mix. $300 retail value.

Scott’s Highland Services

Piper’s Choice Kitchen Pipe. $320 retail value.

Airstream Adjustable Blowpipe. $89.95 retail value.

Sound Supreme Reeds

Six Sound Supreme  pipe chanter reeds, made  to whatever strength requirement and to make of chanter.  

$75 retail value.


Two pairs of new TyFry Ultimate Tenor Mallets in winner’s choice of colour(s).

One pair of new TyFry Ultimate Practice Beaters.

$250 total retail value.

Wallace Bagpipes

£100 Wallace Bagpipes voucher for any merchandise.

Walsh Bagpipes

A Walsh Long Plastic Practice Chanter with ferrule or sole and oval mouthpiece, two extra PC reeds and a cloth cover. $125 retail value.

Zowee! That’s a lot of great merchandise for one smart pipes|drums reader!

Okay, so here are the rules, which you really must read very carefully (we don’t want your entry to be DQed!):

  • Readers must submit their entry via e-mail – click here (or send e-mail to editor@pipesdrums.com with “Pick the Six” in the subject line).
  • Only one entry per e-mail address (all multiple entries from the same e-mail address will be discarded).
  • Entries must list the bands in their order of finish – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th.
  • Submissions must include the sender’s postal address.
  • The winning entry must pick the 2013 World Pipe Band Champion – the winner of the aggregate first-prize in the World’s Grade 1 Final competition.
  • Ideally, the winning entry will pick the exact prize-list in exact order of finish.
  • If no entry is completely correct, the submission that picks the first prize-winner and gains the most points from the following system: 3 points for choosing a band in the right spot, and 1 point for including a band that made the final prize list but not in the correct place.
  • If more than one entry gets the list exactly right, or if there is a tie for most points, a random draw or draws will be made.
  • Entries close at 18:00 GMT, Friday, August 16th.
  • RSPBA adjudicators and officials are not eligible to win.
  • The winner will be notified by e-mail and a story will be posted on the site following the World’s. The winner’s name will be withheld, if desired.
  • All prizes will be sent to the winner directly from the sponsors.

For reference, this year’s Grade 1 World Championship will be decided on Sunday, August 18th, from a Final round of 12. The dozen finalist bands are decided from the top-six finishers in each of two qualifying heats. Each band in each heat will play both an own-choice Medley and own-choice MSR. In the final, bands must play the Medley and MSR that it did not play on Saturday

Here are the heats in their order of play, and readers are encouraged to browse pipes|drums for results from this year’s major UK championships and events in British Columbia, Ontario, and other parts of the world.

Heat 1

  • Simon Fraser University (Canada)
  • Toronto Police (Canada)
  • Inveraray & District (Scotland)
  • Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
  • Los Angeles Scots (USA)
  • Kilts & More-Dysart & Dundonald (Scotland)
  • Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
  • 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
  • St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
  • Canterbury Caledonian Society (New Zealand)
  • Seven Towers (Northern Ireland)
  • Shotts & Dykehead (Scotland)

Heat 2

  • Ravara (Northern Ireland)
  • Boghall & Bathgate (Scotland)
  • Torphichen & Bathgate (Scotland)
  • 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (Canada)
  • Peel Regional Police (Canada)
  • Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
  • Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)
  • Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (Scotland)
  • Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles (Scotland)
  • ScottishPower (Scotland)
  • Dowco-Triumph Street (Canada)
  • Vale of Atholl (Scotland)

Readers will probably want to review  pipes|drums’ results from the British, European and Scottish championships, as well as various results and videos from events in Ontario, British Columbia and New Zealand.

Thanks again to our wonderful advertisers, and good luck to readers and good luck to all bands competing on August 17th and 18th!

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  1. AKL

    In light of everyone’s favorite article on PD this week, I love the tongue in cheek reference to entries being DQ’ed. Is teasing the editor a suspendable transgression?

  2. Batman

    Great contest. Thank you to P|D for the opportunity to play, to the sponsors for supplying such a fabulous array of prizes, and the RSPBA for getting something right and broadcasting the competition on live stream.

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