Published: July 31, 2008

BGandy bats a thousand at New Brunswick

Fredericton, New Brunswick – July 26-27, 2008 – The famous Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was in attendance at the 27th annual New Brunswick Highland Games Festival, where Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, won all four professional solo piping events. Connolly was in New Brunswick filming a segment for a series on Canada for ITV. Connolly is reportedly an avid fan of piobaireachd.
 
The band events were sparsely attended, with Fredericton and Dartmouth splitting each day in Grade 2, and the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) organization dominating each grade in which it entered a band.
 
Bands
July 26
 
Grade 1 (MSR)
1st 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
 
Grade 2 (MSR)
1st Dartmouth & District
2nd Fredericton Society of St. Andrew
 
Grade 3 (MSR)
1st College of Piping
 
Grade 4 (march medley, five competed)
1st 78th Highlanders (Gr4)
2nd Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (Gr4)
3rd Fredericton & District
 
Grade 5 (march, five competed)
1st 78th Highlanders (Gr5)
2nd Dartmouth & District (Gr5)
3rd Atlantic Region
 
July 27
Grade 1 (medley)
1st 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
 
Grade 2 (medley)
1st Fredericton Society of St. Andrew
2nd Dartmouth & District
 
Grade 3 (medley)
1st College of Piping
 
Grade 4 (medley, five competed)
1st 78th Highlanders (Gr4)
2nd Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (Gr4)
3rd Fredericton & District
 
Grade 5 (medley, five competed)
1st 78th Highlanders (Gr5)
2nd Dartmouth & District (Gr5)
3rd Maine Saint Andrews
 
Professional Solo Piping
Piobaireachd
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Andy Rogers, Fredericton, New Brunswick
3rd Rod MacLean, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Judge: Bob Worrall
 
March
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Scott McIntosh
3rd Jack MacLean, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Judge: Bob Worrall
 
Strathspey & Reel
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Andy Rogers
3rd Jack MacLean
Judge: John Elliott
 
Jig
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Andy Rogers
3rd Scott McIntosh
Judge: John Elliott
 
Professional Solo Snare Drumming
MSR
1st Aaron Carter
2nd Justin Gallant
Judge: Doug Stronach
 
Hornpipe & Jig
1st Aaron Carter
2nd Justin Gallant

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