August 06, 2023

Grade 1 videos from the 2023 North American Championships

pipes|drums is pleased to bring readers, viewers and listeners 4K videos of all six Grade 1 performances at the 2023 North American Pipe Band Championships at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario.

Held in perfect sunny and relatively cool weather, the event drew a capacity crowd, and entries across all of the pipe band contests numbered 41.

[78th Frasers win 2023 North American Championship; Peel Police take Grade 2; Pro Piper of the Day: Daniel Carr]

Of note, band representatives convened earlier in the day and decided through a vote that they would dispense with a draw and play an MSR with each tune type being four parts, as per the RSPBA’s new rules designed to promote shorter tunes and create a more level playing field.

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[Grade 2 videos from the 2023 North American Championships]

Grade 1 Medley
(submit two 5- to 8-minute selections)

Grade 1 MSR
(submit one set, each tune no more than four parts)

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  1. One minor correction: for the MSR, there was a draw at the band meeting to determine if the Grade 1 bands would play their minimum 4 part MSRs (the big set) or the maximum 4 part MSRs (the small set). Small set was drawn



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