Published: February 28, 2009

Oran Mor chalks up first Grade 1 victory

Long Beach, California – February 14-15, 2009 – The Oran Mor Pipe Band of New York got that loving feeling the day after Valentine’s Day when the band gained its first victory in Grade 1, coming out ahead of the Los Angeles Scots on the second day of competition at the annual Queen Mary Scottish Festival. The band competition is held at the foot of the 1930s Clydebank-built ocean liner, which serves as a hotel for the games and a venue for the solo competitions. The LA Scots were the aggregate winner in Grade 1 for the weekend.
 
Saturday
Grade 1 (medley)
1st LA Scots (P1:2; P2:1; E:1; D:1)
2nd Oran Mor (1, 2, 2, 2)
3rd Coyne Memorial (3, 3, 3, 3)
 
Grade 3
1st LA Scots (Gr3)
2nd Mesa Caledonian
 
Grade 4
1st University of California – Riverside
2nd Nicholson
3rd Pasadena Scots
 
Judges: Piping 1: J. Gattinger, piping 2: H. McNulty, ensemble: A. Aitken, drumming: D. McAdams
 
Sunday
Grade 1 (MSR)
1st Oran Mor (2, 1, 1, 2 – ens. pref.)
2nd LA Scots (1, 2, 2, 1)
3rd Coyne Memorial (3, 3, 3, 3)
 
Grade 3
1st LA Scots (Gr3)
2nd Mesa Caledonian
 
Grade 4
1st University of California – Riverside
2nd Pasadena Scots
3rd Nicholson
 
Judges: Piping 1: H. McNulty, piping 2: J. Gattinger, ensemble: D. MacAdams, drumming: A. Aitken
 
Solo Piping
Professional (nine competed)
Piobaireachd
1st Donald MacPhee, Alexandrai, Scotland
2nd Seamus Coyne, Los Angeles
3rd Ken Sutherland, Menlo Park, San Francisco
Judge: Bruce Hitchings
 
MSR
1st Donald MacPhee
2nd, Micah Babinski, Seattle
3rd Colin Armstrong, Los Angeles
Judge: Bruce Hitchings
 
Hornpipe & Jig
1st Ken Sutherland
2nd Seamus Coyne
3rd Donald MacPhee
Judge: Harry McNulty
 
Professional Solo Snare Drumming
MSR
1st Duncan McPherson
2nd Eric McNeil
3rd Richard Baughman
 
Professional Tenor
MSR
1st Cat Hanks
2nd Mike Jett
3rd Tasha Nolin

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