LA Scots again looking for L-D after Parker walks

Published: September 25, 2015

LAScots_logo_2015The Grade 1 Los Angeles Scots Pipe Band are once again looking for a leading-drummer after Bryce Parker resigned from the band to play with the Grade 2 St. Thomas Alumni Pipe Band of Houston after one season in the role.

According to sources, the move appears to be a mutual split, since Parker is in line for a work promotion that would take him further away from the Los Angeles area. Parker reportedly had been successful in attracting new drumming talent to the LA Scots, and these drummers by accounts are expected to remain with the band.

Bryce Parker (third from left) with the LA Scots at the 2015 World Championships at Glasgow Green, Glasgow.

“The LA Scots want to extend a big thank you to Bryce Parker for all of his years playing in the band and for last year as Lead-Drummer,” said band President Scott MacDonald. “Numbers weredown last year for our band but we played well and had a great year. We understand that work commitments and the reality of being an out of town lead drummer are difficult. The band supports his decision and we will be announcing soon the direction of our drum corps plans for next year.”

Parker’s move to St. Thomas Alumni further bolsters that band, following the announcement that Graham Brown would become its leading-drummer. Parker is Brown’s brother-in-law, further enhancing the shift.

“I’m very excited to have my brother in-law playing with me at St. Thomas,” Brown said. “He’s a strong player with years of Grade 1 experience, which will be very valuable to the corps.”
Brown said that Parker will be his flank drummer.

The change is the latest in a series of leading-drummer moves by LA Scots. The band has had no fewer than four lead-tips in 10 years. LA Scots competed at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships, but did not qualify for the Grade 1 Final.

Ten wanted, 10 rounded up for Sherriff 2015

Published: September 22, 2015

George Sherriff, namesake of the amateur championship.

The contestants for the 2015 George Sherriff Amateur Invitational Piping Championship on November 21st at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 70 James Street South, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, have been determined, and they comprise the expected who’s-who of top-flight non-professional pipers from across North America.

  • Tyler Bridge, Ontario
  • James Dyson, Nova Scotia
  • Austin Diepenhorst, California
  • Andrew Hutton, Ontario
  • Kevin McLean, British Columbia
  • Ryan Praskovich, Pennsylvania
  • Sean Regan, Virginia
  • Christian Rhoads, Missouri
  • Blaise Theriault, Nova Scotia
  • Jack Toohey, Oregon

Invitees are determined by their home piping and drumming associations with their 2015 Grade 1 Amateur competition success taking into account. The number of contestants from various regions is as commensurate as possible with the relative piping densities of each circuit.

The event again takes on the familiar three-contest structure, beginning with a 6/8 March at 10 am, followed by Piobaireachd at 1 pm, and a March, Strathspey & Reel at 7:30 pm, with prizes for each contest and an aggregate award.

A scene from the 2013 Sherriff Memorial, with 2012 champion Callum Harper performing.

The event is organized with the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, and managed by Bob Worrall and a team of volunteers.

In addition to the PPBSO, the competition is underwritten by sponsors, including pipes|drums Magazine.

Judges for the 2015 event are Andrew Berthoff, Andrea Boyd and Ian Duncan, and the emcee will be Patricia Kirkwood.

George Sherriff was a major contributor to teaching in the Hamilton area of Ontario. This will be the twentieth annual George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational.

Liam Hilder of Coquitlam, British Columbia, was the 2014 George Sherriff Invitational champion.

Bleary elevated to Grade 1

Published: September 20, 2015

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association’s Music Committee made its regrading recommendations and moved Bleary & District of Northern Ireland to Grade 1 following a second year of success in the penultimate grade, including winning the Champion of Champions aggregate title in 2015.

Bleary won three of the major championships and was second at the World’s in Grade 2.

Bleary & District pipers in the Grade 2 Final at the 2015 World Pipe Band Championships.

“I’m delighted for all playing members and all associated with the band that all the hard work has paid off,” Bleary & District Pipe-Major Nigel Davison said. “We have had a wonderful time in Grade 2 and with the same effort and additions to both ends we will look forward to competing in Grade 1 with the best bands in the world.”

No RSPBA-member bands were apparently downgraded from Grade 1, and four bands from Grade 3A were promoted to Grade 2: Annsborough (Northern Ireland), City of Discovery (Scotland), Crosskelt (Northern Ireland) and Isle of Islay (Scotland). Isle of Islay won the Grade 3A Champion of Champions title.

The move up of 2015 Grade 3A Champion of Champions in drumming City of Discovery means that the city of Dundee will have two Grade 2 bands, with Mackenzie Caledonian also in the grade.

City of Discovery was formed in November 2014 after the 6th/8th Boys Brigade Pipe Band in the area decided to become an adult band, without the strictures of the youth organization behind it.

No non-member bands were apparently recommended for regrading by the RSPBA. The organization has not yet made an official public announcement, but has notified regraded bands individually.

The elevation of Bleary & District to Grade 1 brings the total number of Northern Ireland bands active in the grade to four, with Cullybackey, Field Marshal Montgomery and Ravara the other three. The upgrade of the two Northern Irleand bands brings the total number of Grade 2 bands from that country to three. The country has a population of 1.8-million. There are currently a total of 32 active Grade 1 bands in the world:

  • 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
  • 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (Canada)
  • Auckland & District (New Zealand)
  • Bagad Cap Caval (France)
  • Bleary & District (Northern Ireland)
  • Canterbury Caledonian Society (New Zealand)
  • City of Whitehorse (Australia)
  • Cullybackey (Northern Ireland)
  • Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles (Scotland)
  • Dowco-Triumph Street (Canada)
  • Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
  • Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (Scotland)
  • ILT City of Invercargill Highland (New Zealand)
  • Inveraray & District (Scotland)
  • Los Angeles Scots (USA)
  • Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)
  • Moorabbin (Australia)
  • New Zealand Police (New Zealand)
  • Ottawa Police Service (Canada)
  • Peel Regional Police (Canada)
  • Peoples Ford-Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
  • Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
  • Queensland Highlanders (Australia)
  • Ravara (Northern Ireland)
  • ScottishPower (Scotland)
  • Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
  • Simon Fraser University (Canada)
  • St. Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
  • Stuart Highlanders (USA)
  • Toronto Police (Canada)
  • Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
  • Western Australia Police (Australia)

By country, Scotland has eight Grade 1 bands, Canada seven, New Zealand five, Australia four, Northern Ireland four, United States two, Ireland one and France one.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for more information on RSPBA and other associations’ regradings is it becomes known.

2015 World’s in photos


A little more than a month has passed since the World Pipe Band Championships at Glasgow Green in Glasgow, and pipes|drums was on the scene for the two days accumulating images from the event.

We once again bring pipes|drums subscribers a selection of photos from the weekend, each can be enlarged with a click. We appreciate you respecting copyright, but if you’d like to use any of them, simply drop us a line.

We hope you enjoy our annual photo feature from World Pipe Band Championships.

Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia entering the arena.


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Stuart Liddell overall winner at Springbank Invitational

Published: September 19, 2015

Springbank_logoCampbeltown, Scotland – September 19, 2015 – The annual Springbank Invitational Solo Piping Competition, organized by the Kintyre Pipers’ Society and sponsored by the local Springbank Distillery, and Stuart Liddell of Inveraray, Scotland, was the overall winner. All eight players went home with at least one prize. To run the 6/8 March event, contestants played their tune as part of their tuning for the Piobaireachd contest.

Judges for all events were Iain MacFadyen, Iain Morrison and John Wilson. Fear an tighe for the day was Alan Forbes.

Stuart Liddell, 2015 Springbank Champion (Photo copyright Derek Maxwell and used with permission.)

1st Stuart Liddell, “In Praise of Morag”
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “Lament for the Earl of Antrim”
3rd Roddy MacLeod, Glasgow, “Lament for Donald Doughal MacKay”
4th Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”

1st Angus MacColl, “Craig n Darroch,” “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Susan MacLeod,” “Maggie Cameron,” “Pretty Marion,” “Alick C. MacGregor ”
2nd Willie McCallum, “Mrs. Duncan MacFadyen,” “Angus Campbell’s Farewell to Stirling,” “Dora MacLeod,” “The Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn,” “Roddy MacDonald’s Fancy,” “John MacKechnie’s Big Reel”
3rd Stuart Liddell, “Abercairney Highlanders,” “The Clan McColl,” “Catlodge,” “John Roy Stewart,”
“The Little Cascade,” “The Cockerel In the Creel”
4th Iain Speirs, Edinburgh, “The Duchess of Edinburgh,” “Knightswood Ceilidh,” “Lady Louden,” “The Top of Craigvenow,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie,” “Bessie MacIntyre”

Competitors at the 2015 Springbank Invitational, L-R: Roddy MacLeod, Iain Speirs, Niall Stewart, Callum Beaumont, Angus MacColl, Willie McCallum, Douglas Murray and Stuart Liddell. (Photo copyright Derek Maxwell and used with permission.)

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Callum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland, “Donald MacLeod,” “The Loch Ness Monster”
2nd Angus MacColl, “Kyle Howies,” “Skye”
3rd Stuart Liddell, “Raigmore,” “Biddy from Sligo”
4th Willie McCallum, “Dr. McInnes’s Fancy,” “John Patterson’s Mare”

6/8 March
1st Angus MacColl, “Tug Argan Gap”
2nd Douglas Murray, Cardenden, Scotland, “The Wee Toon”
3rd Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland, “Angus McVean”
4th Willie McCallum, “The MacNeils of Ugadale”

Bill McAllister, 1926-2015 (updated)

Published: September 18, 2015

William “Bill” McAllister, the last surviving brother from the previous generation of legendary Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band leaders, died early in the morning of September 18, 2015, at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, Scotland, at the age of 89.

The sibling of his more famous pipe-major brothers, John K. MacAllister (who spelled his surname with Mac) and Tom McAllister Jr., Bill McAllister joined Shotts in 1940 at the age of 14, and, like his brothers, was taught by his father, Tom McAllister Sr.


The McAllister dynasty of pipers at the front at Shotts Highland Games in 1980. L-R: P-M Tom McAllister Jr., Ewan McAllister, John K. MacAllister, Tom McAllister Sr., and Bill McAllister. [Photo copyright Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band and used with permission.]

During his National Service, Bill McAllister was with the Scots Guards, playing under Pipe-Major Walter Cowan Sr., the uncle of the current Walter Cowan of Annan, Scotland. During his tenure with the Scots Guards, McAllister received instruction from the legendary Willie Ross.

In 1947 he finished his service and returned to the mining town of Shotts, to rejoin the band, and with his brothers become a driving force in the JWT McAllister Reedmakers, producing chanter reeds that for at least two decades were the most desired and successful worldwide at a time when chanter reed manufacture was limited to a relative few organizations. For years, the McAllisters had nearly cornered the market for pipe band chanter reeds until the arrival of makers like Shepherd and Warnock, which gradually gained marketshare. In the 1990s the McAllisters sold their business to James Troy of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, who continues to operate the successful business.

Bill McAllister was also instrumental in the development and success of the War-Mac plastic pipe chanter, the first synthetic chanter to be mass-produced. Introduced in partnership with Andrew Warnock of Northern Ireland, the War-Mac chanter gained prominence in the 1970s, starting with major championships won by Shotts & Dykehead using the instrument. The success of the War-Mac chanter quickly prompted other bagpipe makers to bring out their own plastic chanters, contributing greatly to revolutionized tuning and tone for pipe bands.

Although less prominent than his more famous brothers, Bill McAllister played a major role in the evolution of pipe bands, helping to blaze a trail to where the category is today.

The funeral will be at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 25th, at Holytown Crematorium, Holytown, Scotland.

On behalf of the piping and drumming world, we extend our sympathies to Bill McAllister’s family and friends at this lamentable time.



David Wilton takes command of Lomond & Clyde

Published: September 16, 2015

David Wilton

David Wilton has been appointed pipe-major of the Grade 2 Lomond & Clyde Pipe Band of Clydeband, Scotland, taking over from interim leader Alisdair Tennant, who had taken over after the departure of David Wotherspoon

Wilton comes with a wealth of top-grade experience at a still very young age. Last year he competed with the Grade 1 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel), and previously was with the Grade 1 ScottishPower for several years. And, before that, the now defunct Grade 2 Clan Gregor and Drambuie-Kirkliston pipe bands.

“After lengthy discussions with the band’s management committee Lomond & Clyde is delighted to announce the appointment of David Wilton as pipe-major,” said band chairman Fraser Sergeant. “Ensuring the right person for the job has always been a key priority for the band and we are delighted that David has accepted the post.”

Lomond & Clyde competing in the Grade 2 Final at the 2015 World Championships.

Wilton said that the well-known former Grade 1 band pipe-major Don Bradford will continue with Lomond & Clyde as the band`s musical director, and Allan Craig continues as leading-drummer.
Sergeant added that the band continues to recruit and invites anyone interested in joining to contact the band.

David Wilton is also a top-flight solo piper and a former Adult World Champion Highland Dancer.

Lomond & Clyde competed only at the five RSPBA major championships in 2015, finishing as high as third in Grade 2 at the British. The band finished sixth at the World’s.

(Updated) Mahoney steps down as New York Metro Pipe-Major

Published: September 14, 2015

Mike Mahoney with the trophy for fourth in Grade 2 at the 2013 World Pipe Band Championships.

Michael Mahoney has stepped down as pipe-major of the Grade 2 New York Metro Pipe Band, and long-time piper Matt Welch has moved in to the top position.

The move was made at a band meeting on the evening of September 14th, and did not come as a surprise to many in the band. Mahoney, who had been pipe-major since the inception of the band, had recently received a work promotion that required a greater time commitment. He is also planning to get married in January 2016.

Under Mahoney, New York Metro has progressed steadily, rising to be one of the United States’ best bands. The group competed successfully at the World Pipe Band Championships in 2013, finishing third in the highly contested event. (Click here to see videos of the compete competition.)

Matt Welch, who was a piper with the Grade 1 Simon Fraser University in the 2000s, had served as New York Metro’s musical director, but had stepped away from the band in the fall of 2014. He returned in August of this year to help set up the pipe section’s chanters at the North American Championships at Maxville, Ontario, where the band finished second in Grade 2, winning the medley event.

Matt Welch working with New York Metro before the North American Championships, August 2015.

Welch is a professional musician, and has several degrees in music composition, including a master’s from Yale University.

“It is with great pleasure that I accept the promotion to Pipe-Major of New York Metro Pipe Band, and see it as a natural extension of the recent direction of the band,” Welch said in a statement. “My previous role as music director was primarily created as a way to both pursue my doctoral studies at Yale (New Haven) and stay intimately involved in Metro’s instruction and sound set-up. When I began competing with the band, I was then made pipe-sergeant. Michael Mahoney and I had talked about this possibility of taking the position of pipe-major after Scotland 2014. Mike and I have always had an integrated collaboration in the running of NY Metro, which will not change. Mike . . . will remain a commanding luminary in the direction of the band. As one of the most talented Pipe-Majors I’ve worked with, I am very much looking forward to continuing great work and music with [him].”

“As for being the new P-M of New York Metro, I am mostly focused on [the band’s] message from its inception: pursuing international competitive success, performing inspiring concerts, and encouraging our community.”

Welch added that he lives only a block from the band’s practice location in Queens, New York, and that “Metro has all intentions to put out a top effort at next year’s World’s.”

New York Metro was at the centre of controversy in 2011 when the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association upgraded the band to Grade 2 after it won Grade 3B at the World Championships, taking both the band and the group’s home association, the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association, by surprise.

Neither Mahoney nor Welch could be reached for comment at the time of publication.

Mackenzie: going to Pitlochry by bike for charity

Published: September 13, 2015

Going to Pitlochry earlier in the day.

It’s been a successful season for the Grade 2 Mackenzie Caledonian Pipe Band of Dundee, Scotland, and the group finished the year with an unusual motivational project in aid of charity.

To mark the final contest of the year at Pitlochry Highland Games on September 12th, four of the band’s members, including Pipe-Major Neil Nicholson and Pipe-Sergeant Allan Low, cycled from Dundee to Pitlochry through constant driving rain, arriving at the park in time to change into their uniforms to play in the Grade 2 and Grade 1 band events. The route would have been 45 miles had it not been for a few wrong turns, making it a 60-mile journey instead.

It was all in aid of the band’s charity of choice, Downs Syndrome Scotland, which has provided support to band members Gwen and Paul McAndrew who have a child with the condition.

The arrival of band members by bike at the Pitlochry games park.

“The band has enjoyed a great season and we wanted to do something a bit different to end it. Pitlochry is always a relaxed contest and this seemed like a good idea,” Nicholson said. “The cycle followed by two competition runs was actually made easier by the weather as we elected to have a 15-minute tune-up. The total raised so far has exceeded our wildest expectations, and thanks to the superb generosity of the pipe band community is now at £780.”

At the European Championships earlier in the year the band had received an elaborate “Piping at Forres” hamper, which every person who donates via the Facebook page set up by the band will be entered into a draw to win on September 20th.

Mackenzie Caledonian in the street parade through the Highland town of Pitlochry.

Mackenzie won the Grade 2 contest against two other bands. At the World Pipe Band Championship the band placed fourth in the Grade 2 final. The band competitions at Pitlochry just managed to take place through the rain, but the solo piping and the march-past were each cancelled.

Peel appoints bass-section leaders

Published: September 11, 2015

PeelPolice_logo2015The Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band of Brampton, Ontario, has brought in two veterans to revamp its mid-section, with hopes to “raise the performance bar.”

Former Grade 1 band members Reagan Jones and Matt Bellia have joined, with Jones on bass and Bellia working closely with the tenor drummers, reporting to Leading-Drummer Graham Kirkwood and Pipe-Major John Cairns “to develop a plan that will take the band to new heights in 2016 and beyond.”

Jones comes to Peel following several stints with other Ontario-based Grade 1 bands, including originally the 78th Fraser Highlanders and, more recently, the Toronto Police.

Bellia served as a tenor drummer with the 78th Fraser Highlanders from 2008 until 2015, where he was recently “lead-tenor.”

Peel Police competing at the 2015 Cambridge Highland Games, Cambridge, Ontario.

“Reagan and Matt will be a huge enhancement for the mid-section and a chance to help the band grow overall,” Cairns commented. “I look forward to working with these wonderful musicians, who are world-renowned leaders on their respective instruments. I am extremely impressed with their professionalism and vision for Peel’s mid-section and cannot wait to hear and see the finished product. 2016 is going to be a big year for the Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, as the performance bar will be raised for every section in the band.”

The 2015 competition season was up-and-down for Peel Police, with an occasional second in typically three- or four-band events. But the band won the North American Championship at Maxville as recently as 2013. Peel finished last and second-last in the MSR and Medley, respectively, in their qualifying section at the World Championships, but higher in drumming, with a ninth and seventh ranking out of 12 bands.

North Stratton takes both days of Alberta weekend

Published: September 10, 2015

Calgary & Canmore, Alberta, Canada – September 5-6, 2015 The last weekend to close out the competition season in Western Canada at the Calgary and Canmore Highland Games proved to be cold and wet this past long weekend. Calgary Highland Games was drenched in a steady downpour, with organizers taking the unusual route of moving all solos indoors in the morning. Bands were outside in a steady drizzle in the afternoon, and all the bands earned a hearty cheer from the umbrella-covered spectators. Results were announced from the beer tent area and massed bands were cancelled. Canmore, the next day, featured its usual beautiful scenery, and slightly warmer temperatures than the previous day and no rain. Temperatures made low-double-digits in the afternoon. The Grade 2 North Stratton Pipe Band of Edmonton, Alberta, won each day on ensemble preference over Rocky Mountain.

Rocky Mountain in front of a rocky mountain in the Rocky Mountains at Canmore Highland Games.

Calgary Highland Games

Grade 2 (MSR, two competed) 
1st North Stratton (2,1,2,1) (EP)
2nd Rocky Mountain (1,2,1,2)

Grade 3 (medley, one played)
1st Odgen Legion

Grade 4
(march medley, two competed)
1st Edmonton Youth (1,1,1,1)
2nd Edmonton & District (2,2,2,2)

Grade 5
(march medley, four competed)
1st Ogden Legion (1,2,2,1)
2nd 78th Fraser Highlanders (2,1,1,2)
3rd Scottish Tradition School of Piping (3,3,3,3)
4th Alberta Firefighters (4,4,4,4)

Band judges for the senior circles were: Alan Bevan, Graham Davidson (piping); John Fisher (drumming); Iain MacDonald (ensemble)

Solo Piping

1st Ann Gray
2nd John Lee
3rd Andrew Smith
Judge: Alan Bevan

1st John Lee
2nd Ann Gray
3rd Stewart Smith
Judge: Iain MacDonald

1st Stewart Smith
2nd John Lee
3rd Ann Gray
Judge: Graham Davidson

Professional Snare Drumming

1st Elizabeth Shaw
2nd Bill Saul
3rd Michael Hansen
Judge: John Fisher

Hornpipe & Jig 
1st Elizabeth Shaw
2nd Bill Saul
3rd Michael Hansen
Judge: Scott Robertson


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Cook the right recipe for Glasgow Skye L-D

Published: September 9, 2015

Arthur Cook

The Grade 1 Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles and the Grade 2 Glasgow Skye Association each announced that they’d be looking for new leading-drummers at almost the same day, now it turns out that Denny’s former-L-D Arthur Cook has been selected for the open Glasgow Skye post.

Cook, a former World Solo Drumming Champion, replaces Jim Whitfield, who had held the position for seven years, and played with the band through the end of the 2015 season.

“This is an exciting time for the band and during this period of rebuilding the band are looking to invite interested pipers and drummers to join our ranks,” said Glasgow Skye treasurer Dougie Orr in a statement to pipes|drums.

The move follows the August 2014 appointment of Ewan Henderson as pipe-major of Glasgow Skye.

Both bands were out of the prize-lists at the 2015 RSPBA majors. Glasgow Skye finished as high as a seventh at the European Championships, and competed at a total of six events in the season. Denny & Dunipace was consistently at or near the bottom in Grade 1 majors.

Glasgow Skye will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary in 2018.

“The band is looking to develop and progress as we work towards the milestone,” Orr added.

Denny & Dunipace has not yet announced who its new L-D will be.


John Wakefield, 1932-2015

Published: September 8, 2015

Wakefield_JohnJohn Wakefield, the well-known former Pipe-Major of the Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipe Band, died on September 5th, aged 83.

He began his piping career with the Rotary Highlanders Pipe Band in the 1950s and became its Pipe-Major, before moving on the 48th Highlanders of Canada Pipes & Drums, beginning a long career with the Canadian militia.

Wakefield joined the Toronto Scottish in 1957, becoming pipe-major in 1962 until 1968. He returned as pipe-major of the regiment in 1970, until he retired in 1980.
He received the Canadian Forces Decoration and was made a Member of the Order of Military Merit for his service with the Canadian Forces, rising to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. He was appointed piper for the Lt. Governor of Ontario in the latter part of his life.

Following his competing days, John Wakefield was a frequent piping adjudicator on the Ontario circuit for much of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and was a regular presence at the regional games

The visitation is from noon until 2 pm on September 11th at the Ridley Funeral Home, 3080 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, followed by a short service in the Ridley Chapel.

At this sad time, we extend our sympathies to John Wakefield’s family and friends.

Era of World’s recordings ends

Published: September 7, 2015

The first World’s record, the 1977 competition that the now defunct Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band won.

After 37 years of physical commercial recordings of the World Pipe Band Championships, the era appears to have come to an end with Klub Records Ltd. (KRL), confirming that neither a CD nor a DVD will be made of this year’s competition.

The first commercially available World’s record was in 1977, with an LP featuring the performances of the top prize winners.

“CD sales over the last few years have declined, and with the BBC showing live coverage of the World’s this does have an impact on CD/DVD sales,” said Isobel Waugh, managing director of Klub Records, the company that has made and distributed the recordings for almost 20 years.

As digital downloads have steadily replaced physical copies of music for the last decade, so too now has one-time streamed audio gradually replaced downloaded copies as a means of enjoying music.

ISA Music, the Glasgow-based music distribution and publishing company that incorporates the once-dominant Lismor label for the piping and drumming category, held reproduction rights to the World Pipe Band Championships for many years before the license was sold to Klub in the early 1990s. ISA has since switched to being digital distributors, and works with KRL and most of the Scottish record companies, linking them to major distributors, and carrying about 40,000 tracks in its repertoire.

The 2014 World’s recording, possibly the last physical commercial product from the event.

“It’s very different and very efficient but quite soul-less,” said Ronnie Simpson, head of ISA Music, referring to the new music business model. “We know that sales were dropping off and we think mainly because of the Simon Fraser University vs. Field Marshal Montgomery two-[band] race for the last decade. It’s ironic that [KRL] decided to call it a day this year, just as Shotts came rampaging back to form – and that’s a ‘seller’ every time.”

It is not known whether content from the World Pipe Band Championships will be made available via digital downloads or streaming.

The RSPBA has not yet responded to a request for comment.

BBC Scotland has broadcast the Grade 1 event at the World Pipe Band Championships via live streaming since 2009, for several years limiting the show to its UK audience. The publicly-funded BBC is supported through every UK taxpayer paying a license for broadcasting. Starting in 2011 the streamed broadcast was made available worldwide.

The BBC has also packaged the recordings into radio and television programs for more than four decades, each time securing the rights from the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow Life, the organizers of the event.

Whether the rights have been sold or given away, details of the license deal have never been disclosed by either the BBC or the RSPBA. The BBC has said that it has no obligation to disclose the terms, citing a clause in its charter.

KRL continues to make and distribute piping and drumming CDs, the latest being ScottishPower Pipe Band’s Live.

The BBC is under contiual financial pressure, and said recently that it will “gut” services. Though financial details are not known, based on the many tractor-trailors, multiple high-definition cameras, complex rigging and staffing of the event, the live stream of the World Pipe Band Championships involves a very large investment by the organization.

Cold wind but sunny at popular Blairgowrie

Published: September 6, 2015

Eric Ouellette. [Photo: Mike MacNintch]

Blairgowrie, Scotland – September 6, 2015 – There was the usual strong entry for the Blairgowrie Highland Games, organized again by Murray Henderson and his team. Conditions were dry and sunny but with a cold wind. Results were scattered across the events, which adhered to Competing Pipers Association gradings. Eric Ouellette of Syracuse, New York, had overall the best day with a first and a second in the open events.

1st Ed McIlwaine, Vancouver
2nd Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
3rd David Wilton, Glasgow
4th Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh
Judge: Andrew Wright

1st Greig Canning, Edinburgh
2nd Eric Ouellette, Syracuse, New York, USA
3rd Ashley McMichael, Belfast
4th Kris Coyle, Belfast
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Ian Duncan

Strathspey & Reel
1st Eric Ouellette
2nd Ashley McMichael
3rd Ross Millar
4th Kris Coyle
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Ian Duncan

CPA B-Grade
1st Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
2nd Ashley McMichael
3rd Eric Ouellette
4th Greig Canning
5th Ross Millar
Judges: Colin MacLellan, Douglas Murray

CPA C-Grade
1st Lachie Dick, Edinburgh
2nd Kaitlin Kimove
3rd Jonathon Simpson
4th John MacDonald
5th Ben Mulhearn
Judges: Patricia Henderson, Iain Speirs

1st Jonathon Simpson
2nd Andrew Gray
3rd John MacDonald
4th Ben Mulhearn
Judges: Patricia Henderson, Iain Speirs, Andrew Wright

Strathspey & Reel
1st Jonathon Simpson
2nd John MacDonald
3rd Christopher Ross
4th Edward Gaul
Judges: Patricia Henderson, Iain Speirs, Andrew Wright

Do you have contest results? Feel free to send by email, along with a photo or two, so that we can share your glory with the entire piping and drumming world.

Small triumphs at Pleasanton (update 2)


Pleasanton, California – September 6-7, 2015 – The move to have smaller Grade 1 bands compete at the annual Pleasanton Gathering & Games in northern California proved a success, and Dowco Triumph Street took both days of competition.

Dowco Triumph Street at the 2014 World’s.

By invitation, Dowco Triumph Street of Vancouver, Greater Glasgow Police Scotland and the Los Angeles Scots competed at Pleasanton, but were limited to fielding only eight pipers, four snare drummers, two tenor drummers and a bass drummer. The organizers had in recent years struggled to attract or sponsor full top-grade bands that routinely field more than 20 pipers, 10 snare drummers and six tenor drummers.

Grade 1 (MSR)
1st Dowco Triumph Street (1,1,1,2)
2nd Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (2,2,2,1)
3rd Los Angeles Scots (3,3,3,3)
Judges: Ryan Canning, Tom Johnstone (piping); Ken Eller (ensemble); Jim Sim (drumming)

Grade 2 (MSR)
1st Prince Charles (1,1,1,1)
2nd Bushmill’s Irish (2,2,2,2)
3rd (EP) Queen City (4,4,3,3)
4th Wasatch & District (3,3,4,4)
Judges: Ryan Canning, Tom Johnstone (piping); Ken Eller (ensemble); Jim Sim (drumming)

Prince Charles at Lorient, August 2013.

Grade 1
1st Dowco Triumph Street (1,1,2,1)
2nd Greater Glasgow Police Scotland (2,2,1,3)
3rd  Los Angeles Scots (3,3,3,2)
Judges: Ryan Canning, Rene Cusson (piping); Paula Glendinning (ensemble); Blair Brown (drumming)

Grade 2 (medley)
1st Prince Charles (1,3,1,1)
2nd Wasatch & District (2,1,2,3)
3rd Queen City (4,4,3,2)
4th Bushmill’s Irish (3,2,4,4)
Judges: Ryan Canning, Rene Cusson (piping); Paula Glendinning (ensemble); Blair Brown (drumming)

Do you have contest results? Feel free to send by email, along with a photo or two, so that we can share your glory with the entire piping and drumming world.

Chisholm on top at Braemar

Published: September 5, 2015

Jori Chisholm with his Braemar hardware.

Braemar, Scotland – September 5, 2015 – Jori Chisholm of Seattle was the overall winner of the J. Colin MacKenzie Challenge Shield at the Royal Braemar Highland Games, winning both light music events. Gordon McCready of Renfrew, Scotland, won the piobaireachd competition and the gold medal for it. Weather cold and windy and temperatures never got above 10 degrees, but there was no rain. The event had the usual strong attendance by non-Scottish contestants, and Chisholm also received the Braemar Silver Medal for best “overseas” piper.

Piobaireachd (23 competed)
1st Gordon McCready
2nd Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
3rd John-Angus Smith, London
4th Innes Smith, Bridge of Allan, Scotland
5th Andrew Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
6th Ed McIlwaine, Vancouver
Judges: Malcolm McRae, Robert Wallace, Duncan Watson

Light Music (28 competed)
March (Pipe-Major Jimmy McGregor Cup)
1st Jori Chisholm
2nd Ashley McMichael
3rd Craig Muirhead, Glasgow
4th Ursa Beckford, Maine, USA
5th Greig Canning, Edinburgh
6th Nick Hudson
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Strathspey & Reel (Walter Drysdale Trophy)
1st Jori Chisholm
2nd Eric Ouellette, Syracuse, New York
3rd Ashley McMichael
4th Graham Mulholland, Dunkeld, Scotland
5th Andrew Lee
6th Gordon McCready
Judges: Jimmy Banks, Stuart Samson, Andrew Wright

Glenfiddich 2015 invitees determined

Published: September 4, 2015

Blair Castle, where the Glenfiddich Championship takes place.

With the conclusion of the Northern Meeting at Inverness, Scotland, the 10 spots for the 2015 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship at Blair Atholl, Scotland, on October 24th have been determined, pending of course each piper accepting his invitation:

The first-reserve on the list is Andrew Hayes, Ottawa, for being third in the Senior Piobaireachd at Oban and fourth in the Clasp at Inverness.

It will be the first Glenfiddich for John-Angus Smith, while others have been there numerous times. This will be Willie McCallum’s 28th consecutive invitation to the competition, a record, as are his eight Glenfiddich Champion titles.

The Glenfiddich Championship (originally the Grant’s Championship) is in its forty-second year, and is held in the Great Hall of Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl. For solo competition pipers, “The Glenfiddich” is the apex of the art, and simply gaining an invitation is an extraordinary accolade.

“This year’s invitation list is one of the best the contest has ever had,” said Liz Maxwell, special advisor and organizer of the Glenfiddich Championship. “We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and a welcome John-Angus Smith to the event, which will once again be streamed live on the net for the whole world to enjoy.”

The event, and many other Highland piping and fiddling contests, has been sponsored by William Grant & Sons Distilleries, a family-run company that independently owns the Glenfiddich and Balvenie whisky brands, among others.

In 2008, pipes|drums Magazine conducted a brief interview with Liz Maxwell on William Grant & Sons involvement in piping.

Inverness Day 2: Beaumont takes Clasp; McKeown wins A HP&J


Callum Beaumont, winner of the 2015 Clasp.

Inverness, Scotland – September 4, 2015 – The second day of competitions at the annual Northern Meeting at Eden Court Theatre saw Callum Beaumont of Bo’ness, Scotland, win the Clasp for previous winners of the Gold Medal at Inverness. It was the second Clasp for the 25-year-old Beaumont, who won previously in 2012.

In the Premier- and A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig, Silver Medallist took home the first, and the next three places also went to Canadian pipers.

Angus MacColl was the overall champion, winning the Northern Meeting Quaich, for most aggregate points from the top-level events. Sandy Cameron was the overall winner of the B-Grade events aggregate.

In the Junior events, Gavin Mackay of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, won the piobaireachd competition for those younger than 15.

All first prize-winners and a few organizers at the 2015 Northern Meeting.

Clasp (22 competed)
1st Callum Beaumont, “Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck”
2nd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland, “Lament for the Earl of Antirm”
3rd Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland “Lament for Donald Ban MacCrimmon”
4th Andrew Hayes, Ottawa “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”
5th Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland, “Lament for the Children”
Judges: Iain Morrison, Jack Taylor, Rab Wallace

Sean McKeown

B-Grade MSR (34 competed)
1st Angus J. MacColl, Oban, Scotland
2nd Sarah Muir, Inveraray, Scotland
3rd Sandy Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland
4th Greig Canning, Edinburgh
5th Andrew Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Judges: Bill Livingstone, Malcolm McRae, Iain Morrison

Premier & A-Grade Hornpipe & Jig (45 entered)
1st Sean McKeown, Toronto
2nd James P. Troy, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
3rd Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
4th Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario, Canada
5th Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scvotland
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain Morrison, John Wilson

B-Grade Hornpipe & Jig (31 entered)
1st Callum Moffat
2nd Ben Duncan, Edinburgh
3rd Angus J. MacColl
4th James MacHattie, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
5th Matt Wilson
Judges: John Don MacKenzie, Bill Wotherspoon

Of note, Callum Moffatt played first in the B-Grade Hornpipe & Jig, his performance holding up against the 30 that followed. Readers can check out the order-of-play for all events here.

pipes|drums congratulates all prize-winners and all participants at the 2015 Northern Meeting for their admirable success.

Inverness: Johnston wins Gold; McKeown Silver; Gandy takes MSR

Published: September 3, 2015

Finlay Johnston, 2015 Northern Meeting Gold Medallist.

Inverness, Scotland – September 3, 2015 – At the Northern Meeting at Eden Court Theatre, Finlay Johnston of Glasgow scored a rare piobaireachd and light music Inverness double by winning the Highland Society of London’s Gold Medal for piobaireachd, shortly after he had been announced the winner of the A-Grade March, Strathspey & Reel. Johnston from now on gains entry to both the Clasp and the Silver Star MSR for previous winners at the Northern Meeting.

Interesingly, Johnston won with “Farewell to the Laird of Islay,” the same tune he competed with when he won the Gold Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in 2012.

After the judges deliberated for longer than an hour, the Silver Medal winner, Sean McKeown, was announced at close to 8 pm. McKeown had finished second in the Silver Medal the week before at the Argyllshire Gathering. Oban Silver Medal winner Sandy Cameron narrowly missed the double with a third in the contest.

Just before midnight, Bruce Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, was announced the winner of the Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel for winners of the A-Grade MSR. It was Gandy’s first win of the world’s biggest prize for solo light music. It’s the second time that a non-Scot has won the prize, the other being Jack Lee of Surrey, British Columbia (1981, 1987, 2007, 2011).

Highland Society of London Gold Medal (25 competed)
1st Finlay Johnston, “Farewell to the Laird of Islay”
2nd Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario, “The End of the Great Bridge”
3rd Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland, “Lady Margaret MacDonald’s Salute”
4th Bill Geddes, Glasgow, “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
5th James P. Troy, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, “Lament for MacLeod of Colbeck”
Judges: Bill Livingstone, John MacDougall, Bill Wotherspoon

Sean McKeown

Silver Medal (28 competed)
1st Sean McKeown, Toronto, “Lament for the Only Son”
2nd Connor Sinclair, Crieff, Scotland
3rd Sandy Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland
4th Andrew Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
5th Sarah Muir, Inveraray, Scotland
Judges: John Don MacKenzie, Malcolm McRae, John Wilson

A-Grade MSR (31 competed)
1st Finlay Johnston
2nd Calum Beaumont, Bo’ness, Scotland
3rd Alastair Lee, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
4th Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland
5th Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain Morrison, Bob Worrall

Bruce Gandy

Silver Star MSR (25 competed)
1st Bruce Gandy, “Leaving Lunga,” “Argyllshire Gathering,” “Bob of Fettercairn,” “The Islay Ball,” “The Grey Bob,” “John Garroway”
2nd Willie McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland
3rd Angus MacColl, Benderloch, Scotland
4th Niall Stewart, Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
5th Stuart Liddell, Inveraray, Scotland
Judges: Ian Duncan, Iain MacFadyen, Iain Morrison

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from the second day at Inverness, including the Clasp and B-Grade MSR, as they become available.

Rocky Mountain’s smoking at Foothills


Okotoks, Alberta – August 29, 2015 – The Rocky Mountain Pipe Band of Calgary won the Grade 2 event against North Stratton, the only other contestant in the competition, at the annual Foothills Highland Games. Smoke from severe forest fires in far-off Washington state contributed to a thick haze blanketing the park for most of the day. Ann Gray and Elizabeth Shaw were aggregate winners in the Professional grade solo piping and snare drumming, respectively.

Grade 2
(medley, two competed)
1st Rocky Mountain (1,1,1,2)
2nd North Stratton (2,2,2,1)

Grade 3 (MSR, one played)
1st Ogden Legion

Grade 4 (medley, one played)
1st Edmonton Youth

Grade 5 (quickmarch medley)
1st Alberta Firefighters
2nd 78th Fraser Highlanders
3rd Ogden Legion
4th Scottish Tradition

Judges for all band events: Hal Senyk, Jeannie Hawes (piping); Aaron Carter (drumming); Reid Maxwell (ensemble).

Professional Solo Piping
1st Ann Gray
2nd Robyn Gray
3rd Andrew Smith
4th Ross Barker
5th Jonathan Grady
Judge: Gordon Conn

1st Stewart Smith
2nd Ann Gray
3rd Jonathan Grady
4th Robyn Gray
5th  Ross Barker
6th Andrew Smith
Judge: Hugh Armstrong

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Ann Gray
2nd Stewart Smith
3rd Andrew Smith
4th Ross Barker
5th Robyn Gray
6th Jonathan Grady
Judge: Hal Senyk

Professional Solo Snare Drumming
1st Elizabeth Shaw
2nd Bill Saul
3rd Michael Hansen
Judge: Reid Maxwell

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Elizabeth Shaw
2nd Bill Saul
3rd Michael Hansen
Judge: Aaron Carter

Glam-rock back in style at Birnam

Published: September 2, 2015

Ben McClamrock

Birnam, Scotland – August 29, 2015 – Dunkeld Park near Perth was again the venue for the annual Birnam Highland Games, which attracted a decent entry of about 20, with many non-Scots in the senior solo piping hoping to boost their grading with the Competing Pipers Association and thus gain entry to the major gatherings. Chris Armstrong of Airth, Scotland, had the overall best day, even though Ben McClamrock of Baltimore won both the Piobaireachd and Strathspey & Reel events. First prize in each contest was £40.

1st Ben McClamrock
2nd Andrew Wright, Dundee, Scotland
3rd Ursa Beckford, Maine
4th Graham Mulholland, Dunkeld, Scotland
5th Jonathan Greenlees, Glasgow
Judges: Gordon Clark, Ronnie Clark

1st Eric Ouellette, Syracuse, New York
2nd Chris Armstrong
3rd Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
4th Greig Canning, Edinburgh
5th Jori Chisholm, Seattle
Judges: George Lumsden, Andrew Wright

Strathspey & Reel
1st Ben McClamrock
2nd Chris Armstrong
3rd Nick Hudson
4th Eric Ouellette
5th Ursa Beckford
Judges: George Lumsden, Andrew Wright

1st Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
2nd Dan Lyden, Maryland
3rd Chris Armstrong
4th Eric Ouellette
5th Ursa Beckford
Judge: Robert Barnes

Harry’s 2015 World Pipe Band Championships Glossary

Published: September 1, 2015

The World Pipe Band Championship is an event that might be hard to understand for first-timers, and for those who have only been there through the magic of the live feed (thank you, BBC . . . now show us the money). Harry presents his glossary of 2015 WPBC terms that will come in handy when trying to understand the nuances of the big days.

Let’s get started, shall we?

A is for Ahem. As in, let me clear my throat before we begin. (Or, alternatively, Attack: Can’t anyone do one well anymore?)

B is for Beer tent. An improvement on previous years. Rather than a corral of dropped cups and cans with no room to move and little chance of getting a drink, this year’s effort was an open area with several large canopy tents, lots of tables, some chairs and it was much easier to navigate. Add to that the move away from the blanket-sized tickets and accompanying queueeueueu in favour of straight cash transactions (who cares if every fifth pound goes into staffers’ pockets!), this was state-of-the-art service.

C is for canny Canning. As in Ryan. No UK pipe-major in history has advanced a Grade 1 band so far so quickly. Without fly-ins. Without gaming the system. With nothing but pure determination, talent and guile. No joking. He resurrected the ashes of a nearly burnt-out band and produced a World Champion in less than three years. Unreal.


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Soloists prime for piping’s crucible at Inverness

Published: August 31, 2015

Northern_Meeting_logoMany of the world’s top solo competition pipers will still be drying their instruments and kilts after getting soaked in at times horrendous conditions at the second day of the Argyllshire Gathering last Thursday, as they now prepare for the Northern Meeting at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, Scotland, favoured by the majority of contestants for its excellent conditions and organization.

The premier events are the Clasp for previous winners of the Gold Medal, the Silver Star March, Strathspey & Reel for past winners of the A-Grade MSR, and the Highland Society of London Gold Medal.

Argyllshire Gathering Gold Medallist John-Angus Smith will see if he can pull off the thirteenth “double” in piping history by repeating. In 2014, Douglas Murray became only the twelfth to achieve the feat.

The Silver Medal features a larger share of non-Scottish contestants, with a full 42 percent having their entries accepted.

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

Some wonder whether the Clasp will start late due to one of the judges posing photos, as reportedly occurred in the B-Grade March competition at the Argyllshire Gathering, apparently leaving at least three competitors literally low and soggy – not to mention figuratively high and dry – as they allegedly had their tuning timing screwed up by the delay.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for results from the Northern Meeting as they become available.

Thursday, September 3rd
Highland Society of London Gold Medal
Judges: Bill Livingstone, John MacDougall, Bill Wotherspoon
1 Jamie Forrester, London
2 Bill Geddes, Glasgow
3 Jenny Hazzard, Edinburgh
4 Allan Russell, Kelty, Scotland
5 Alasdair Henderson, Dunoon, Scotland
6 Fiona Manson, Melbourne
7 James Murray, Perth, Australia
8 Faye Henderson, Kirriemuir, Scotland
9 Angus J. McColl, Oban, Scotland
10 James MacHattie, Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
11 Jori Chisholm, Seattle
12 John Mulhearn, Glasgow
13 Decker Forrest, Skye, Scotland
14 Andrea Boyd, Ottawa
15 Finlay Johnston, Glasgow
16 Cameron Drummond, Edinburgh
17 Peter McCalister, Dunblane, Scotland
18 Richard Hawke, New Zealand
19 Alastair Lee, Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
20 John-Angus Smith, London
21 Gordon McCready, Renfrew, Scotland
22 Innes Smith, Glasgow
23 Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario, Canada
24 James P. Troy, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
25 Derek Midgley, New Jersey, USA

Silver Medal
Judges: John Don MacKenzie, Malcolm McRae, John Wilson
1 Ben McClamrock, Baltimore
2 Ben Duncan, Edinburgh
3 Greig Canning, Edinburgh
4 Ed Bush, Cardinal, Ontario, Canada
5 Andrew Lee, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
6 Ashley McMichael, Belfast
7 Eric Ouellette, Syracuse, New York, USA
8 Alex Gandy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
9 Michael Fitzhenry, Paisley, Scotland
10 Matt Pantaleoni, St. Louis
11 Ursa Beckford, Maine, USA
12 George Stewart, Perth, Scotland
13 Sarah Muir, Glasgow
14 Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland
15 Michael Elder, Auchtermuchty, Scotland
16 Mael Sicard-Cras, Glasgow
17 Nick Hudson, Pittsburgh
18 Matt Fraser, New Zealand
19 Colin Campbell, Inverness, Scotland
20 Ed McIlwaine, Vancouver
21 Connor Sinclair, Crieff, Scotland
22 Sandy Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland
23 Gordon Barclay, Inverness, Scotland
24 Steven Gray, Lockerbie, Scotland
25 Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
26 Cameron MacDougall, Nigg, Scotland
27 Sean McKeown, Toronto
28 Steven Leask, Irvine, Scotland

Silver Star Former Winners MSR
Judges: Ian Duncan, Iain MacFadyen, Iain Morrison
1 Ian K. MacDonald
2 Donald MacPhee
3 Douglas Murray, Cupar, Scotland
4 Peter Hunt, Stevenston, Scotland
5 Bruce Gandy
6 Greg Wilson
7 Cameron Drummond
8 Niall Matheson, Invergordon, Scotland
9 Chris Armstrong
10 Iain Speirs
11 Niall Stewart
12 Gordon Walker
13 Alastair Dunn
14 Willie McCallum
15 Andrew Hayes
16 James Murray
17 Stuart Liddell
18 Roddy MacLeod
19 Allan Russell
20 Angus McColl
21 Jack Lee
22 John Patrick, Denny, Scotland
23 Richard Hawke
24 Alex Gandy
25 Fred Morrison

A-Grade MSR
Judges: Walter Cowan, Iain Morrison, Bob Worrall
1 Sean McKeown
2 Euan MacCrimmon
3 John Mulhearn
4 Glenn Brown
5 Jori Chisholm
6 Jonathan Greenlees, Glasgow
7 Andrea Boyd
8 Craig Muirhead, Stirling, Scotland
9 Alasdair Henderson
10 Michael Fitzhenry
11 Ashley McMichael
12 Gordon Bruce, Kilwinning, Scotland
13 Derek Midgley
14 Callum Beaumont
15 Jenny Hazzard
16 Neil Walker, Perth, Australia
17 Alastair Lee
18 Steven Gray
19 Finlay Johnston
20 Darach Urquhart, Glasgow
21 Jamie Forrester
22 Bill Geddes
23 Ben McClamrock
24 John Angus Smith
25 Gordon McCready
26 James P. Troy
27 Innes Smith, Glasgow
28 Eric Ouellette
29 Craig Sutherland, Crieff, Scotland
30 Graham Drummond, Bathgate, Scotland
31 Colin Campbell, Inverness, Scotland


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