Chisholm, Gandy, Troy, McKenna, Foley, Bellia ice Winter Storm

Published: January 11, 2014
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Kansas City, Missouri – January 10, 2014 – The annual Winter Storm piping and drumming competitions drew large entries, despite recent weather-related travel havoc throughout North America leading up to the event. Put on by the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Winter Storm, contests were held at the Marriott County Club Plaza, with events sponsored by organizations such as Cameron Drumming Studios, Lee & Sons Bagpipes and R.G. Hardie. James Troy and Jori Chisholm gained invitations to the 2014 Metro Cup Solo Piping Competitions. Gold Medal winners received $750 each.

Solo Piping
Professional Gold Medal

1st Jori Chisholm, Seattle
2nd James Troy, Victoria, British Columbia
3rd Alastair Lee, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Judges: Brian Donaldson, Colin MacLellan, Jack Taylor

Silver Medal
1st Robbie Beaton Scotia, New York
2nd Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
3rd Joseph Stewart, Seattle
4th Andrew Donlon, Germantown, Maryland
5th Alexander Schiele, Snohomish, Washington
Judges: Alastair Dunn, Roddy MacLeod

Light Music
Professional Gold Medal MSR

1st Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
2nd Jori Chisholm
3rd James Troy
Judges: Final – Mike Cusack, Donald McBride, Fred Morrison; Qualifier – Ken Eller, Willie McCallum, Angus MacColl

Grade 1
1st Campbell Webster, Concord, New Hampshire
2nd James Dyson, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
3rd David Duncan, Los Angeles
Judge: Angus McColl

Grade 2
1st David Clower, Grinnell, Iowa
2nd Karen Margaret MacLean, Fall River, Nova Scotia
3rd Fred Kiffer, Paragould, Arkansas
Judge: Terry Lee

Grade 3
1st Griffin Hall, Overland Park, Kansas
2nd Andrew Fox, Hastings, Minnesota
3rd Joshua Cunningham, Elgin, Illinois
Judge: Terry Lee

Solo Drumming
Professional Gold Medal

1st Michael McKenna, Dublin
2nd Derek Cooper, Warminster, Pennsylvania
3rd Eric MacNeill, Schenectady, New York
4th Richard Baughman, Los Angeles
5th Cameron Bolley, Clarkston, Michigan
6th Zack Miller, Kincardine, Ontario
Judges: Final – John Fisher, John Scullion, Doug Stronach; Qualifier –
Stephen Creighton, Duncan Millar, Jim Sim

Grade 1
1st Steven Wheeler, Bellingham, Washington
2nd Fiona Senyk, New Westminster, British Columbia
3rd Mike Tuzyk, Toronto
Judges: Hugh Cameron, Andre Tessier

Grade 2
1st Adam Tardif, Niagara Falls, Ontario
2nd Paul Gibson, Tucson
3rd Sean Biggar, Sunnyvale, California
Judges: Hugh Cameron, Andre Tessier

Grade 3
1st Sophia McConnell, Lititz, Pennsylvania
2nd Kegan Ball, Alma, Michigan
3rd Kyle Heaney, Toronto
Judges: Hugh Cameron, Andre Tessier

Gold Medal

1st Steve Foley, Mission Viejo, California
2nd Amber Bartholomeusz, San Jose
3rd Ryan Robertson, Stoney Creek, Ontario
Judges: Kahlil Cappuccino, Mike Cole, Steven Roberts

1st Cyrus Zerbe, Alma, Michigan
2nd Joseph Cameron, Shawnee, Kansas
3rd Stuart Baker, Tucson
Judges: Kahlil Cappuccino, Mike Cole, Steven Roberts

Tenor Drumming
Gold Medal

1st Matt Bellia, London, Ontario
2nd Kyle Heaney
3rd Ryan Robertson, Stoney Creek, Ontario
Judges: Steven McQuillan, Michael O’Neil

1st Beth Sachrison, Tucson
2nd Sydney Sievewright, Hales Corners, Wisconsin
3rd Jensen McConnell Lititz, Pennsylvania
Judges: Steven McQuillan, Michael O’Neil

1st Brianna McDonald, West Dundee, Illinois
2nd Shanna McDonald ,West Dundee, Illinois
3rd Joshua Borwick, Arlington, Tennessee
Judges: Steven McQuillan, Michael O’Neil

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