August 31, 2008

Team Long Island Piping Society wins pipes|drums Trivia event

The Long Island Pipers’ Society team was the clear and convincing winner of the first ever pipes|drums Trivia Challenge Open Championship Extravaganza held at Piping Live! the Glasgow International Piping Festival on August 14th at the National Piping Centre’s auditorium.
Led by team captain Eric Stein, the Long Island Pipers’ Society garnered some 175 points to take the title against stiff competition. An example of his team’s prowess was the fact that he knew that the tune that Pipe-Major Angus MacDonald referred to as “the piper’s graveyard” was “The Abercairney Highlanders,” and that Gordon K. Speirs was the composer of “Jimmy Findlater.”
The team took home the first prize of £200, with £100 and £50 going to the second- and third-place teams, respectively. All audience members went home with prizes and pipes|drums merchandise.
The contest comprised five sections of questions: Pipe Bands, Solo Piping, Pioabireachd, Pipe Band Drumming, and Potpourri. After the team section there was a special general audience round in which anyone could be first on the draw to answer random questions in return for prizes, including a $300 practice chanter from John Walsh Bagpipes, TyFry tenor mallets, Field Marshal Montgomery recordings, and Piper’s Pal prducts from Kinnaird Bagpipes.




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