Win more than $3,600 in prizes in Pick The Six 2018!

Published: July 25, 2018

Hey, you pipe band pundits!

There are only a few weeks to go before the 2018 World Pipe Band Championships.

So, you know what that means . . .

It’s time for pipes|drums’ annual Pick the Six contest!

Yes, Pick The Six, the prediction contest that started it all.

The prediction contest to end all contests.

The contest with a total prize package worth more in real money than the first prize award for Grade 1 at the World’s itself!

All you have to do is predict the prize list for the Grade 1 competition at the World’s – or be the closest to getting it right – and you will win another terrific quarry of products and services contributed by advertisers with pipes|drums.

Entering is easy! Details can be found after you check out the full list of prizes from our sponsors and pipes|drums itself.

Our generous advertisers know good opportunities when they see them, and have stepped up with a list of products and services unparalleled in the piping and drumming world. (All retail amounts are in Canadian dollars.)

Just take a look at every one of the terrific prizes that you could get – and be sure to click on every link to find out all the excellent other goodies to be had from these savvy businesses!



BagpipeLessons.coma Tone Protector™ Ultimate Bundle, which includes:

  • Tone Protector: Digital Chanter Cap With Two-way Humidity Control (value $92)
  • Bagpipe Gauge (value $132)
  • Piper’s Ultimate Reed Poker (value $46)

And a one-year membership to the Studio (value $316), which includes exclusive access to hundreds of hours of exclusive lessons, tunes, recordings, and the Learn the Pipes online video course for beginners.


Balance Bagpipe Tuner Pro a free download of the exciting new iPhone tuner app from Gary Potter. Retail price $17.99.


Bruce Gandy Music A copy of Bruce Gandy’s Contemporary and Traditional Music for the Highland Bagpipe Book Three, and a copy of the great piper’s Front Row Seat CD. Total retail value $40.


Colin MacLellan Reeds – six pipe chanter reeds of your choice (retail price $93) and one copy of Capt. John A. MacLellan’s Complete Compositions of Ceol Mor book and CDs (retail value $34).


Elixir Piping Drumming– a full set of a full set of South West Scotland Collection music books, total retail price $112.


G1 Reeds – a G1 Plug and Play plastic chanter (retail value $259), and a deluxe pack of five G1 Platinum Reeds (retail value $112). These products were played by eight out of nine winners at the 2017 World Championships – Grade 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, Novice A and Novice B.


Highland Gear one Aqua Guard bag cover from the world’s leading maker of custom pipe bag and drum covers, retail value $100.


John Walsh Bagpipes – One Walsh Basic Black GHB Adjustable Blowpipe (no frills), retail value $105. One Walsh Basic Black Reed Protector, retail value $18.


Lee & Sons Bagpipes – any pipe bag of the winner’s chosing (sheepskin, cowhide, goatskin or sheepskin premium). With or without zippers and grommets. Retail price $479.


Lyons Bagpipes – One set of Crozier V2 Carbon Drone Reeds and one Moose Valve. Combined retail value $152.


McCallum Bagpipes – two of the new McCallum Ceòl pipe chanters. Combined retail value $397. A McCallum PC5 long pipe chanter sized practice chanter with engraved sole, bowl, ferrule and mouthpiece valued at $259. Winner can pick the engraving pattern they want on the practice chanter.


McGillivray Piping – a 150 credits gift certificate to, the terrific resource for original and hard-to find pipe music scores. Retail price $50.


Modern Piping – one Tone Temple (retail value $118), and a 12-month subscription to Modern Piping (retail value $237).


National Piping Centre a voucher for dinner for two at the Pipers’ Tryst restaurant – three courses per person from the Scottish Market Menu pus a bottle of red or white house wine! Retail value $86.


pipes|drums Magazinelifetime subscription to the all-online magazine, retail value priceless . . . but let’s call it $300. Cha! – a $100 credit on purchases from, purveyors of great piping and drumming stuff.


Sound Supreme Custom Reedsone dozen custom made Sound Supreme pipe chanter reeds. Retail value $150.



That’s $3,655 worth of prizes for one canny winner!

Okay, so here are the rules, which you really should read very carefully (we don’t want your entry to be DQed):

  • Readers must submit their entry via e-mail – click here (or send e-mail to with “Pick the Six” in the subject line).
  • Only one entry per e-mail address (all multiple entries from the same e-mail address will be discarded. So please don’t try to stuff the box.). This is important: If you enter more than once from an email address, ALL of your entries will be discarded, since there’s no way for us to know which one to count.
  • Entries must list the bands in their order of finish – 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th.
  • Submissions must include the sender’s postal mailing address.
  • The winning entry must pick the 2018 World Pipe Band Champion – the winner of the aggregate first-prize in the World’s Grade 1 Final competition.
  • Ideally, the winning entry will pick the exact prize-list in exact order of finish. Surprisingly, that rarely happens.
  • If no entry is completely correct, the submission that picks the first prize-winner and gains the most points from the following system: three points for choosing a band in the right spot, and one point for including a band that made the final prize list but not in the correct place.
  • If more than one entry gets the list exactly right, or if there is a tie for most points, a random draw or draws will be made.
  • Entries close at 18:00 GMT, Thursday, August 16th.
  • RSPBA adjudicators and officials are not eligible to win, although we encourage them to submit their picks just for the fun and intrigue of it. (Your secret’s safe with us.)
  • The winner will be notified by e-mail and a story will be posted on the site following the World’s. This could take a bit to determine, so please be patient. The winner’s name will be withheld, if desired.
  • All prizes will be sent to the winner directly from the sponsors.

For reference, this year’s Grade 1 World Championship will be decided on Saturday, August 18th, from a Final round of 12. The dozen finalist bands are decided from the top-six finishers in each of the two qualifying heats. Each band in each heat will play both an own-choice Medley and own-choice MSR. In the final, bands must play the Medley and MSR that it did not play on Friday.

Here are the heats in their order of play, and readers are encouraged to browse pipes|drums for results from this year’s major RSPBA championships and events in British Columbia, Ontario, and other parts of the world.

Group 1 (by order of play in the qualifier)

  1. Johnstone (Scotland)
  2. St Laurence O’Toole (Ireland)
  3. Simon Fraser University (Canada)
  4. Manawatu Scottish (New Zealand)
  5. New Zealand Police
  6. Canterbury Caledonian (New Zealand)
  7. Police Scotland Fife (Scotland)
  8. Police Service of Northern Ireland
  9. Inveraray & District (Scotland)
  10. Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia (Scotland)
  11. Bagad Cap Caval (Brittany)

Group 2 (by order of play in the qualifier)

  1. Glasgow Police (Scotland)
  2. 78th Fraser Highlanders (Canada)
  3. Lomond & Clyde (Scotland)
  4. Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia (Scotland)
  5. Glasgow Skye Association (Scotland)
  6. Vale of Atholl (Scotland)
  7. Field Marshal Montgomery (Northern Ireland)
  8. ScottishPower (Scotland)
  9. Denny & Dunipace Gleneagles (Scotland)
  10. Buchan Peterson (Scotland)
  11. Dowco Triumph Street (Canada)

You’ll perhaps want to consider who’s judging the Grade 1 Final:

Medley: Jim Semple, Scotland, George Wilson, Scotland (piping); Paul Brown, Scotland (drumming); Ciaran Mordaunt, Ireland (ensemble).

MSR: Nat Russell, Australia, John Connor, Scotland (piping); Gordon Parkes, Northern Ireland (drumming); Cameron Edgar, Scotland (ensemble).

You might want to browse around our results from Scotland, Northern Ireland, British Columbia, Ontario and New Zealand to help inform your decisions.

Thanks again to our wonderful advertisers, and good luck to readers and good luck to all bands competing on August 17th and 18th!



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