June 30, 2005

Gandy, Rogers shine at USPF contest

Newark, Delaware – June 25, 2005 – John Wilson and Gavin Stoddart were the judges at the annual United States Piping Foundation Competitions (USPF), and Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, received about $2200 USD in prize money and airfare for winning the piobaireachd, placing second in the MSR, and taking the overall award.

Competitors in the professional events must have won designated
USPF regional contests; the Gold Medal at Maxville, Ontario; or the Silver or Gold Medals from the Northern Meeting or Argyllshire Gathering. Competitors submitted six tunes in each category.

The contest is a second-tier qualifier for the Glenfiddich Piping Championships.

Professional Piobaireachd
1st Bruce Gandy, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
2nd Ann Gray, Calgary, “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
3rd Mike Rogers, Maryland, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
4th Paula Glendinning, Maryland, “Beloved Scotland”
5th Roderick MacLean, Halifax, Nova Scotia, “Ronald MacDonald of Morar’s Lament”

Professional MMSSRR
1st. Mike Rogers, “Major Manson’s Farewell to Clachantrushal,” “Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch,” “Thompson’s Dirk”
2nd Bruce Gandy, “92nd at Modder River,” “Arniston Castle,” “Brown-Haired Maid”
3rd Ann Gray, “Mrs. John MacColl,” “Lady Loudon,” “Broadford Bay”
4th Roderick MacLean, “Dr. Allan MacDonald,” “Dorrator Bridge,” “The Sound of Sleat”
5th Scot Walker, Emaus, Pennsylvania, “Clan MacColl,” “John Roy Stewart,” “The Man From Glengarry”

Others competing but not in the prizes were Duncan Bell, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; John Bottomley, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Chris Hamilton, Frederick, Maryland.

Amateur Piobaireachd
1st Amber Blair, “MacKays’ Short Tune”
2nd Andrew Walker, “March for a Beginner”
3rd Kegan Sheehan, “March for a Beginner”
4th John Bradley, “The Boat Tune”
5th Rogers Branson, “The Boat Tune”

Amateur MSR
1st Amber Blair
2nd Andrew Walker
3rd Dan Cole
4th Kegan Sheehan
5th John Bradley

Amateur entrants must live in the United States and compete at a Grade 1 level. Pipers submitted four Silver Medal tunes and three MSRs.

Amateur players not in the prizes: Rogers Branson, Stuart Calder, Ben McClamrock, Mary Wallace, and Kevin Wiegand.


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