EUSPBA moves to select Senior solo piping judges
results and will include a peer-review aspect.”
Respondents then must provide a written response to each question for the committee to assess. Almost half of the questions in the questionnaire are piobaireachd-related, but the preface also says, “Light Music Only judges may omit questions [the four piobaireachd-specific questions].”
“Although I agree the EUSPBA panel needs some tweaking, I am not comfortable with this method,” said one EUSPBA member who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that one of the adjudicators used an example of a senior judge is “not even on the EUSPBA panel. . . . The sh*te is about to hit the fan down here. I see all sorts of problems if this thing was implemented since the singular focus on this senior thing is on piobaireachd.”
The questionnaire is prefaced with a statement that includes, “The newly formed Senior Panel would in no way demerit any current members of the EUSPBA Judge’s Panel, but rather would create a tier to ensure that the most qualified judges adjudicate the top competitions and competitors. . . . The Committee stresses that this exercise will be impartial and confidential. In order to collect and collate information, we must ask questions and the cooperation of all concerned. Every effort has been made to select questions that will not cause embarrassment. This has much less to do with reaching a certain age, or a number of years serving on the Panel, but rather specifically concerns your ongoing self-education (since joining the Panel). It is not mandatory to participate in this exercise if you do not wish to be placed on the Senior Panel. Currently-competing players are not eligible.”
Minnear said that McIntosh and Tunnicliffe “are not automatically designated senior judges. In order to be considered a senior judge, a judge must request this designation and provide their qualifications in the form of a questionnaire.” As an active competitor, Carlisle is ineligible. The questionnaire uses examples of Donald Lindsay and non-EUSPBA judge Michael Cusack as “Senior Judges,” despite the application submission process not ending until March 9th.
“No one has been grandfathered in,” Minnear added. “Cusack would have to be active on our panel to be considered. But there is clearly a presumption that [Cusack and Lindsay] represent individuals who would be at the senior level.”
By members and geography, the EUSPBA is the largest piping and drumming association in the world.