Grade 2 standard to be put to test Saturday at Fair Hill

Published: May 14, 2014
(Page 1 of 2)

New York Metro competing in the Grade 2 Final at the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships.

The RSPBA’s proactive upgrading of the Stuart Highlanders to Grade 1, while the band’s home association, the EUSPBA, will keep the band in Grade 2, will be put to an interesting test on Saturday, May 17th, at the Colonial Highland Gathering in Fair Hill, Maryland, when the band competes against the Grade 2 New York Metro, a band that finished third in the category at the 2013 World Championships, and Ottawa Police Services.

Making the event even more interesting is RSPBA senior adjudicator Joe Noble being flown in by the EUSPBA to judge at Fair Hill. Noble is scheduled to adjudicate the Grade 2 MSR and Medley events.

The RSPBA upgraded the Stuart Highlanders based on the band’s merger with the Grade 1 Oran Mor Pipe Band, which suffered a membership decline in 2013, and the association reportedly had not heard the group recently. Ottawa Police also benefitted from a merger, when it combined with the Grade 2 Glengarry Pipe Band in 2011.

“As I said before, the Stuart Highlanders are still graded 2 in the EUSPBA,” president Eric MacNeill said, “and I know the two bands plan to compete again each other locally at several games throughout the year as both bands gear up to travel to Scotland in August. There is a history of EUSPBA grade 1 and 2 bands regularly playing against each other at local games in recent years to give everyone some competition.”

When asked if his band would indeed compete against a band designated Grade 1 by the RSPBA, New York Metro Pipe-Major Mike Mahoney said, “We will definitely . . .

Page 1 of 212
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: +1

GET THE MOBILE APP!
The new pipes|drums app offers the same publication with a streamlined experience. Get the latest news optimized for your smartphone.
Download on the App Store

Get it on Google Play
TOP STORIES
Articles from the last three months with the highest overall ratings by readers.
  1. Memories of Boney
  2. Hundreds salute Reay Mackay
  3. Blair digital chanter promises to rock piping
  4. Forget not
  5. RISEN
MOST RECENT POST
  • #MeToo
    Thu, 19 Oct 2017
    I can only imagine what it’s like for female pipers and drummers to persevere in what is still a male-dominated – and often dominating – avocation. It’s a topic that has interested me for many years, going back to the … Continue r …
Read more »
UPCOMING EVENTS October 28, 2017Glenfiddich Solo Piping ChampionshipBlair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland

November 4, 2017London CompetitionsKensington Conference & Events Centre, The Town Hall, Hornton Street London

November 5, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society November GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN

November 10, 2017Silicon Valley Pipe & Drum WorkshopSaratoga, CA

December 3, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society December GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN

TIP OF THE DAY
Limit yourself to only two big piping and drumming goals this year; write them down; revisit them; and check in December if you have achieved them.
Andrew Berhoff, Toronto