Published: June 08, 2015

EUSPBA “PREMIER” contests to continue with Laurinburg

This year the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association launched a new initiative this spring, designed to provide the best playing opportunities possible for their top-level competitors, and has revealed that the third in the series in their PREMIER solo contests will be the Scotland County Highland Games in Laurinburg, North Carolina, on October 4th.

Organizer Bill Caudill said that the event “will no doubt prove to be the largest – and certainly most lucrative for the competitors – professional piping competition ever held . . . . in the Southern United States.”

The Laurinburg event follows PREMIER contests at the Woodberry Forest Indoor Competition in April and the Rhode Island Scottish Festival in June. Two judges for each Professional event will be Willie McCallum and Jimmy McIntosh.

“The contests have featured a high level of play, and we are excited to give this type of opportunity to our Professional players,” EUSPBA PREMIER coordinator June Hanley commented in a news release. “We are also excited about bringing one of these events to the South, particularly due to the importance that the Scotland County Games has placed on piping.”

Prizes for the Piobaireachd and MSR events will be $500 for first, $400 second, $300, $200 and $100.

The final EUSPBA PREMIER event of the year will be a drumming contest on the EUSPBA AGM weekend in Baltimore November 14-15.

Caudill said that entry forms for the Scotland County EUSPBA PREMIER event will be posted at www.schgnc.org.

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