BigPrizes

Welcome to pipes|drums BigPrizes database!

The piping and drumming world revolves around competition, yet until now there has been no central repository of data from the years and years of major events.

Have fun looking up the winners of the most significant solo and band competitions in history and check to see won what when and, in some cases, with which tunes.

BigPrizes needs your help, though. So please do contact us with any insights, corrections and new data that you may have so that we can continually improve our database to share with the entire piping and drumming world now and for generations to come.

Enjoy!

Date RangeStart year End year
Name
Band
Winner's Home
Tune(s) Played
Competiton
Events
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THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
September 21, 195016 year-old John D. Burgess completes “The Double” by winning Inverness Gold Medal playing “Castle Menzies”.
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UPCOMING EVENTS October 6, 2017Ian K. MacDonald and Andrew Lee in Concert in Scotia, New YorkFirst Reformed Church of Scotia

October 7, 2017The 35th Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping ContestFirst Reformed Church of Scotia in Scotia, New York

October 7, 2017Captain John Maclellan MBE Piping ChampionshipArmy School of Piping and Highland Drumming, Edinburgh

October 8, 2017Master Class with Ian K. MacDonald and Ben McClamrock in Albany, New YorkCeltic Hall, Albany, New York

October 8, 2017Bloomington Pipers’ Society October GatheringSt Thomas Lutheran Church, Bloomington, IN

TIP OF THE DAY
Write drum scores at about the same tempo that the tune will be played in competition. If a score is written when a piper is playing slowly, then the score may sound too busy and and will be hard to play at competition tempo.
Michael Hunter, Toronto