Frank, Gandy win USPF events

Published: June 21, 2014
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Vic Frank

Newark, Delaware – June 21, 2014 – The United States Piping Foundation Professional Championships were held at the Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware, and Vic Frank won the Professional Piobaireachd event, while Alex Gandy took the light music. In the amateur contests, Campbell Webstre was the overall winner. The contest is open to at Professional-grade pipers in North America. The event restricted the entry after its status as a qualifier for the Glenfiddich Championships was taken away. Alex Gandy was the overall winner, who received airfare to compete in the UK. First prize in each of the professional events was $1000.

Professional
Piobaireachd (St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Silver Quaich)
1st Vic Frank, Silver Spring, Maryland, “Lament for the Only Son”
2nd Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “Donald Gruamach’s March”
3rd Andrew Carlisle, Pittsburgh, “The Big Spree”
4th Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
5th Liz Cherry, Pittsburgh, “Lady MacDonald’s Lament”
Judges: Peter Kent, Jimmy McIntosh

MSR (St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore Silver Charger)
1st Alex Gandy, “Verna Leith’s Wedding March,” “Arniston Castle,” “Alex C. MacGregor”
2nd Eric Ouellette, Syracuse, New York, “John MacDonald’s Farewell to South Uist, ” “Caledonian Society of London,” “Ca’ the Ewes”
3rd Andrew Carlisle, “Braes of Castle Grant,” “Blair Drummond,” “Pretty Marion”
4th Bruce Gandy, “The Pap of Glencoe,” “The Islay Ball,” “Charlie’s Welcome”
5th Derek Midgley, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, “Duncan MacColl,” “Neil Sutherland of Lairg,” “Arnish Light”
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Jim Stack

Also competing but not in the prizes: Duncan Bell, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; John Bottomley, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Andrew Donlon, Germantown, Maryland; Robert Gray, Iowa City, Iowa; Ben McClamrock, Baltimore; Dan Lyden, Timonium, Maryland; Alistair Murray, Pittsburgh; and Andrew Walker, Emmaus, Pennsylvania.

Amateur
Piobaireachd (Donald MacPherson Silver Quaich)
1st Stanton Man, Pittsburgh, “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
2nd Campbell Webster, Concord, New Hampshire, “The Little Spree”
3rd Maeghan Bielski, Middleborough, Massachusetts, “Lament for the Departure of King James”
4th Andrew Chalfoun, Owings Mills, Maryland, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
5th Grace Washam, Arden, North Carolina, “The Park Piobaireachd No. 2”

MSR (Seumas MacNeill Silver Quaich)
1st Campbell Webster, “Braes of Castle Grant,” “Ewe wi’ the Crooked Horn,” “Major Manson”
2nd Allyson Crowley-Duncan, Latham, New York, “The Crags of Stirling,” “Stac Polly,” “Miss Proud”
3rd Eryk Bean, Londonderry, New Hampshire, “John MacFadyen of Melfort,” “Dora MacLeod,” “Dr. MacPhail’s Reel”
4th Stanton Man, “Leaving Lunga,” “Caledonian Society of London,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”
5th Grace Washam, “Dr. E.G. MacKinnon,” “The Doune of Invernochty,” “Malcolm Johnstone”

Judges for both amateur events: Amy Garson, Nancy Tunnicliffe

Also competing but not in the prizes were Albert DeFusco, Pittsburgh; Kenneth Flynt, Eldersburg, Maryland; and Vince Janoski, Hopewell, New Jersey.

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