Published: January 31, 2008

(Photos added) Chisholm, Gandy, Cooper, Cappuccino, Elliott take big Winter Storm prizes

Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, accepts the gold medal for the professional light music event from sponsors Chris Hamilton and Fred Morrison at the 2008 Winter Storm competitions, Kansas City, Missouri.Kansas, City, Missouri – January 11, 2008 – The seventh annual Midwest Highland Arts Fund Winter Storm piping and drumming competitions were held at the Marriott–County Club Plaza hotel with a large entry in all events. Jori Chisholm, Seattle, and Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia (pictured right), won Gold Medal Piobaireachd and MSR piping contests, and Derek Cooper, Warminster, Pennsylvania, won the Gold Medal snare drumming event.

Solo Piping

United States Gold Medal Piobaireachd (presented by R. G. Hardie & Co.; sponsored by Dr. Richard Feely)
1st Jori Chisholm, “My King Has Landed in Moidart” ($750)
2nd Andrew Hayes, Nepean, Ontario, “The Park Piobaireachd No. 2″ ($500)
3rd Ken Sutherland, Menlo Park, California, “The Stewart’s White Banner” ($250)
Judges: John Cairns, Alasdair Gillies, Fred Morrison

Gold Medal Ceol Beag (Sponsored by Tone Czar Bagpipes; presented by Fred Morrison Reelpipes)
1st Bruce Gandy ($750, Fred Morrison Reelpipes)
2nd Peter Macgregor, Edinburgh ($500)
3rd Andrew Hayes ($250)
Judges: Chris Armstrong, Stuart Liddell, Colin MacLellan

United States Silver Medal Piobaireachd (presented by McCallum Bagpipes)
1st Matt Pantaleoni, St. Louis, “Massacre of Glencoe” ($500, McCallum pipes)
2nd Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “I Am Proud to Play a Pipe” ($400, McC2 McCallum solo chanter)
3rd Brian McKenzie, Seattle “Corrienessan’s Salute” ($300, McC2 McCallum solo chanter)
4th James Bell, Batesville, Arkansas “Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg” ($200 McC2 McCallum solo chanter)
5th Doug MacRae, Houston, “Lament for the Castle of Dunyveg” ($100, McC2 McCallum solo chanter)
Judges: Mike Cusack, Colin MacLellan, Chris Armstrong

The awards ceremony at the 2008 Winter Storm competitions.
Solo Snare Drumming

Gold Medal (Sponsored by Meade Custom Drumming Supplies; event presented by Premier Percussion, Pearl Drums, and Andante Percussion)

1st Derek Cooper, ($750, choice of snare drum, $1500 travel allowance)
2nd Richard Baughman, West Hollywood, California ($500)
3rd Graham Brown, Milton, Ontario ($250)
Judges: Drew Duthart, John Fisher, Barry Wilson

Grade 1
1st Sarah McLatchy, Chilliwack, British Columbia (choice of snare drum)
2nd Justin Thrower, Hawthorne, California
3rd Jack McClamrock, Baltimore
Judges: Steven McWhirter, Doug Stronach

Grade 2
1st: Kyle Wallis, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (choice of snare drum)
2nd Jordan Wallis, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
3rd James Dalziel, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
Judges: Steven McWhirter, Doug Stronach

Grade 3
1st Grant Cassidy, Glasgow (choice of snare drum)
2nd Shane Cressy, Oshawa, Ontario
3rd Tim Vermillion, Norman, Oklahoma
Judges: Steven McWhirter, Doug Stronach

(Amateur medals sponsored by Cameron’s Drumming Studio. Presented by Premier Percussion, Pearl Drums, and Andante Percussion)

Bass Drumming (presented by Premier Percussion and Andante Percussion)

Davis Drums Gold Medal
1st Kahlil Cappuccino, Ottawa, ($750, choice of bass drum)
2nd Steve Foley, Costa Mesa, California ($500)
3rd Brian Morgan, Lowell, Massachusetts ($250)
Judges: Duncan Gibson, Mike Cole, John Rowe

Intermediate
1st Audrey Stumpf, Chaska, Minnesota (choice of Premier bass drum)
2nd Noel Keys, Coupeville, Washington
3rd Joe Cameron, Shawnee, Kansas
Judges: Duncan Gibson, Mike Cole, John Rowe

Novice
1st Beverly Huber, Hebron, Kentucky (choice of Premier bass drum)
2nd Sally Gordon, Minneapolis
Judges: Duncan Gibson, Mike Cole, John Rowe

Tenor Drumming (Presented by Premier Percussion and Andante Percussion)

Gold Medal
1st Andrew Elliott, Toronto ($750, choice of tenor drum)
2nd Owen Sehon, St. Paul, Minnesota ($500)
3rd Kyle Heaney, Ayr, Ontario ($250)
Judges: Norman MacLeod, Michael O’Neil, Emily McLeod

Intermediate
1st: Libby Hale, Lake Forest Park, Washington (choice of tenor drum)
2nd Catherine Hanks, Somers, Connecticut
3rd Kenny Hiner, Arlington, Tennessee
Judges: Norman MacLeod, Michael O’Neil, Emily McLeod

Novice
1st Devon Lambert, Guelph, Ontario (choice of tenor drum)
2nd Ana Noyola, Mapleville, Minnesota
3rd Jennifer Steinman, Poplar Grove, Illinois
Judges: Norman MacLeod, Michael O’Neil, Emily McLeod

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Someday I’m going to make it out there for this event – you never hear anything but praise for the classes/performances/competition. That’s some pretty stiff competition in the Silver Medal Piobaireachd. Congratulations, Matt.

  2. Well worth the trip to KC. Every element of this event is first class. Great competitions on Friday, great workshops with incredible instructors on Saturday, and an ubelievable concert on Saturday night. Then they do more workshops on Sunday. I got to see a bit of the light music, some of the Silver Medal, and some of the Gold Medal. I attended a March workshop with Jack Lee, and a Piobaireachd Master Class with Colin MacLellan. The concert featured pipers and drummers in combinations you might not ever see elsewhere, and also terrific solo performances. And this year there were mini-band versions of SFU, and the 78th Frasers, and a bit of Scottish Power to boot. PLUS, they have excellent raffles and the competitors win great prizes. Matty Pants won a beautiful stand of MacCallums, and Andante, Pearl, and Premier awarded drums. And there’s the Winter Steam Party. Whew! It’s friggin’ astounding how far this event has come in such a short time. And, it’s just a hop skip and jump from the Gates barbeque join on Main St. I always have to stop in there. Brought home four bottles of sauce.

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