USPF goes to Gandy (Bruce)

Published: June 17, 2013
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Newark, Delware – June 15, 2013 – Bruce Gandy was the overall winner of the 27th annual United States Piping Foundation Professional Piping Championship held at the Amy E. DuPont Music Building at the University of Delaware. Fifteen competed in the Professional events, which were judged by Reay Mackay and James McIntosh. Gandy won with a first in the light music and a second in the Piobaireachd. The overall prize in the seven-contestant amateur competition went to Campbell Webster. The events were judged by Amy Garson and Peter Kent.

(St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Silver Quaich)
1st Andrew Carlisle, Pittsburgh, “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
2nd Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “Mary’s Praise”
3rd Duncan Bell, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, “The Big Spree”
4th Brian Donaldson, Delafield, Wisconsin, “The Prince’s Salute”
5th Derek Midgley, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”

MSR (St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore Silver Charger
1st Bruce Gandy, “Leaving Lunga,” “The Islay Ball,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
2nd James Bell, Batesville, Arkansas, “Portland Castle,” “Blair Drummond,” “Charlie’s Welcome”
3rd Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “Jimmy Young,” “Susan MacLeod,” “Neil Angus MacDonald”
4th Andrew Carlisle, “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “The Piper’s Bonnet,” “John Morrison of Assynt House”
5th Dan Lyden, Timonium, Maryland, “David Ross,” “Arniston Castle,” “Ca’ the Ewes”

Also competing but not in the prize lists were John Bottomley, Liz Cherry, Nick Hudson, Teddy Krogh, Alistair Murray, Eric Ouellette, and Andrew Walker.

(Donald MacPherson Silver Quaich)
1st Campbell Webster, Concord, New Hampshire, “Lady Anapool’s Lament”
2nd Kenneth Flynt, Eldersburg, Maryland, “All the Old Men Paid Rent but Rory”
3rd Mary Wallace, Richmond, Virginia, “Fair Honey”
4th Kirk Brunson, Derry, New Hampshire, “Lord MacDonald’s Lament”
5th Eryk Bean, Londonderry, New Hampshire, “The Parading of the MacDonalds”

MSR (Seumas MacNeill Silver Quaich)
1st Campbell Webster, “Hugh Kennedy,” “Maggie Cameron,” “John Morrison of Assynt House”
2nd Andrew Donlon, Germantown, Maryland, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “Inveraray Castle,” “Pretty Marion”
3rd Kirk Brunson, “Kantara to El Arish,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “The Sound of Sleat”
4th Eryk Bean, “Colin Thompson,” “Ewe with a Crooked Horn,” “Smith of Chilliechassie”
5th Mary Wallace, “The Argyllshire Gathering,” “Lady Loudon,” “Broadford Bay”

Also competing but not in the prizes was Albert DeFusco.

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