African Skye marches on at Pretoria

Published: June 17, 2014
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AfricanSkye_logoPretoria, South Africa – June 14, 2014 – It was another dry and sunny winter’s day for the second Major Championship of the South African season, the Pretoria Boys High School Gathering. The Grade 2 African Skye made it five out of five in a very close contest. Transvaal Scottish won the MSR, but African Skye maintained the overall title because of an MSR ensemble tie-breaker.

Grade 2
MSR
1st Transvaal Scottish (1,3,1,3)
2nd African Skye (3,2,3,1)
3rd Benoni MacTalla (2,5,2,2)
4th 1 Medical Battalion (4,1,5,4)
5th MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue (5,4,4,5)
Judges: Roy Blevins, Geoff Irvine (piping); Dennis Tewson (drumming); Ewen Gilchrist (ensemble)

Medley
1st African Skye (1,1,2,3)
2nd Transvaal Scottish (2,3,1,2)
3rd Benoni MacTalla (3,2,4,1)
4th 1 Medical Battalion (5,4,3,5)
5th MacChamberlain Richmond Avenue (4,5,5,4)
Judges: David Harris, Roddy Watters (piping); Kevi Levin (drumming); Roger Davies (ensemble)

Grade 3
1st Sandton Scottish
2nd Glen Allen
3rd Cape Town Highlanders

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Pipers: Blow your drones without the pipe chanter for a few minutes when you first take your pipes out of the box. Initially, the blades on your pipe chanter reed and the tongues on your drone reeds will be dry (not pliable), which will make the chanter reed stiff and often too much for the drone reeds – causing them to shut off. The warm air that is blown through the drone reeds will make the tongues more pliable and receptive to handling the strength of the pipe chanter. This applies to synthetic and cane drone reeds.
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