Craig Campbell of Utah wins 2014 Pick The Six!

Published: August 21, 2014
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PickTheSix_newsWith another record number of entries to the annual pipes|drums Pick The Six competition, Craig Campbell of Layton, Utah, USA, emerged a clear victor of the winner-take-all collection of prizes contributed by advertisers, with a combined suggested retail value of nearly $2,500.

Some 2,117 entrants participated in the contest this year. Campbell had a total score of 15 to take the bounty:

1st Field Marshal Montgomery (3 points)
2nd Inveraray & District (3)
3rd St. Laurence O’Toole (3)
4th Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (3)
5th Simon Fraser University (0)
6th ScottishPower (3)

Congratulations to Craig Campbell for his canny ability to guess the future!

And thanks once again to all who entered and, of course, to all of our advertisers for their support.

Here are the prizes that Craig can look forward to receiving:

BagpipeLessons.com a one-year membership to the BagpipeLessons.com Studio. Retail price: $240.

Boderiou Bagpipes one Boderiou poly band pipe chanter. Retail price: $205.

Bruce Gandy Music a six-pack of tunes. Retail price: $42.

Chris Armstrong Bagpipes Set of X-Treme standard drone reeds. Retail price: $130.

Elixir Piping & Drumming A book of the winner’s choice and all corresponding recordings and sheet music of exam pieces from the company’s wide selection of materials. Retail price: approx. $30.

Lee & Sons Bagpipes Any pipe bag of the winner’s choice: sheepskin, goatskin, cowhide with or without zipper and/or grommets. Retail price: $389.

Lyons Bagpipes On set Crozier Carbon Drone Reeds, $110 retail value, and a Moose Valve, $40 retail value.

Mayor Drum Supply Bass section prize pack: Set of Mayor Bass and Tenor Mallets; set of Hosbilt World’s Edition tenor drum heads (1 top head per drum); pair of Hosbilt bass heads with artwork (print ready art to be supplied); Mayor TMD. Total retail value: $1,100.

McGillivray Piping / Pipetunes.ca One copy of Rhythmic Fingerwork ($38); one copy of Piobaireachd Fingerwork ($38); and a $100 Pipetunes gift certificate.

Reelpipes a copy of Fred Morrison’s Outlands Collection ($35) and a copy of Along the Road ($25).

Sound Supreme Precision Made Reeds a half-dozen pipe chanter reeds to whatever strength and make of chanter required. Retail value: $75.

Walsh Bagpipes An adjustable blowpipe and protector so it can be removed from the blowpipe and be stored with the valve protected. Retail value: $135.

 

And, just a refresher on the rules, which we stressed should have been read very carefully, so that no one’s entry would have to be disqualified:

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  1. robin

    Drat – Power and SLOT switched to garner me a measly 14 points. I’m still pondering that one. I understand I was one of the very few not to select SFU, and I was banking on that for a “differential advantage” in my pix. I bet against SFU based on hearing them on this Island as well as Glasgow the past 3 seasons + checking out how the competition continued to spur ahead this year. A testimony to the rarefied atmosphere of today’s top outfits (that PM Parkes complimented in his interviews) and the opponents’ fast pace of improvement since FM really bumped up the bar in 2011. Bob W noted Shotts’ improvement in the PD clip with Andrew also, indicating their fine drone sound/tone over the weekend and I bet they might do well in drumming. SFU will have many fine innings in the years ahead, of course. My congrats to canny Craig and a truly fun contest for us punter wannabe pundits.

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