May 02, 2022

Gandy (the older one) wins in-person Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge

Summerside, Prince Edward Island – April 30, 2022 – Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, was the overall winner of the Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge, held in-person for the first time since 2019. Gandy won both the piobaireachd and light music events. There were a total of 25 piobaireachd contestants, and 22 across all light music competitions. All events were held at the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts.

Bruce Gandy (middle) with the Donald R. Brown QC Trophy for light music – “the thistle trophy” – at the Atlantic Canada Challenge, judge Doug Boyd (left) and Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association supremo Rick Crawford (right).

Piobaireachd (all events judged by Peter Aumonier)

Professional (Gold Medal)
1st Bruce Gandy, “MacLeod of Colbeck’s Lament”
2nd James MacHattie, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, “The Big Spree”
3rd Kate Kimove, Petawawa, Ontario, “The King’s Taxes”

Grade 1 (Silver Medal)
1st Gillian Blaney
2nd Dane Grant
3rd Sass Bergen

Grade 2 (Nickel Medal)
1st Doug Hamilton
2nd Aiden MacNeil
3rd Cameron MacNeil

Grade 3 (Bronze Medal)
1st Michael McNeil
2nd Jordan Chowen
3rd Brett Montgomery

Grade 4 (Copper Medal)
1st Joshua Gregory
2nd Jay Hackney

Grade 5 (Pewter Medal)
1st Shelena Marsh

Light Music (all events judged by Doug Boyd)

Professional (MSR)
1st Bruce Gandy, “Morag Ramsay,” “Cameronian Rant,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
2nd James MacHattie, “Jimmy Young,” “John Roy Stewart,” “The Little Cascade”
3rd Blaise Theriault, “Tommy MacDonald of Barguillean,” “Lady Loudon,” “The Ferryman”

Grade 1 (MSR)
1st Liam Murray
2nd Dane Grant
3rd Sass Bergen

Grade 2 (MSR)
1st Cameron MacNeil
2nd Aiden MacNeil
3rd Angela McDonell

Grade 3 (MSR)
1st Reilly Green
2nd Jordan Chowen
3rd Michael McNeil

Grade 4 (March)
1st Jay Hackney

Grade 5 (March)
1st Shelena Marsh





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