Las Vegas to implement conflict of interest rules for judges at April 2011 event
When the words “Las” and “Vegas” are put together most people don’t instantly think of ethics and fair-play, but the organizers of the April 2011 Las Vegas Championships have established strict criteria for adjudicators to help ensure that the results are considered fair and equitable.
For what is believed to be a first in pipe band competition history, judges at the April 2011 event will not be involved in the manufacture of instruments used by pipe bands. Among other stipulations, the Las Vegas committee has met this long-time contentious issue head-on, turning a clear eye to a problem that has traditionally been conveniently ignored in all forms of piping and drumming competition.
Not only will those invited to judge the championships not be allowed to manufacture reeds, drums, bags, chanters, drones and other products played by bands, they will also have to be “unattached” in other ways, including “not being an active playing member of any band from Grade 1 to Grade 4.”
In addition, the Las Vegas organizers have decided that judges cannot have served as a “regular instructor” for any band competing at the Las Vegas Championships. The organizers did not immediately clarify its definition for “regular instructor” – what constitutes “regular” and what comprises “instruction.”
The competition committee comprises committee representatives from the host Western United States Pipe Band Association, the BC Pipers Association, the Midwest United States Pipe Band Association, the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and the Manitoba Pipe Band Association.
The April 2011 competition has earmarked US$2-million in funding for the competition and tattoo performances. Among the pipe band competitions possibly will be a “concert” event in which bands perform for up to 15 minutes each.