First Sandy Jones Memorial Amateur Invitational Champion: Tom Cangelosi
The inaugural Sandy Jones Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Championship was won by Tom Cangelosi of Arlington, Virginia, who took both the Piobaireachd and MSR events against nine other pipers from around North America.
Belted! Steven MacDonald wins first BarRoom Brawl in Florida
Steven MacDonald of nearby Jacksonville, Florida, was the winner of the first BarRoom Brawl solo piping contest as part of the annual Sun Belt Solo Piping Competition, winning US$1,000 and the coveted and OTT wrestling belt as a trophy.
Liam Horne wins US Junior Solo Piping Championship at Balmoral Classic
With a first in the Piobaireachd event and a fourth in the MSR, Liam Horne of Bristol, Virginia, was the winner of the seventeenth annual United States Junior Solo Piping Championship, part of the annual Balmoral Classic competitions run by the Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming at the University of Pittsburgh. Horne won by his higher placing in the Piobaireachd, tied with Magnus Stone, Natick, Massachusetts, who was second, and Duncan Winters, Grand Junction, Colorado, who was third.
Finlay Johnston takes London Championship, gains Glenfiddich invitation
Glasgow’s Finlay Johnston was the big winner of the 2023 Scottish Piping Society of London’s annual solo competitions, taking three of the four major Saturday events, only missing the Hornpipe & Jig contest. For winning the overall, Johnston gets an invitation to the 2024 Glenfiddich Championship, where he will compete for his third title at Blair Castle in October.
Roddy MacLeod wins 2023 Bratach Gorm, gains invitation to 2024 Glenfiddich Championship
Roddy MacLeod of Glasgow won the coveted Bratach Gorm for piobaireachd at the annual Piping Society of London (SPSL) solo piping competitions once again at the sumptuous Caledonian Club in the capital of England. It was MacLeod’s ninth time winning the Bratach Gorm.
Callum Beaumont: 2023 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Champion
Callum Beaumont of St. Andrews, Scotland, was the winner of the 2023 Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championships, the fiftieth rendition of the event held for the fiftieth time in the Great Hall of Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl. It was Beaumont’s first time winning the award, taking the championship by merit of his win of the Piobaireachd event, with prize lists comprising eight of the 10 contestants.
2023 World Solo Snare Drumming Champion: Kerr McQuillan; Cameron Sinclair wins Tenor title
After a semi-final round of 30 total and five qualifying competitions during the year at various locations, Kerr McQuillan of Peoples Ford Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia won the 2023 World Pipe Band Snare Drumming Championship, held at Glasgow Caledonian University and staged by the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association and Glasgow Life. The Final comprised 12 contestants, six from each of the Semi-Final groups.
Kevin Blandford Memorial, Silicon Valley take highway to Ventura wins
Kevin R. Blandford Memorial of Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Saratoga, Calfornia’s Silicon Valley won the Grade 3 Medley and MSR events, respectively, against a field of two other bands at the annual Seaside Highland Games in sunny Southern California. The Cameron Highlanders of San Diego won Grade 4 on ensemble preference over Long Beach, while University of California Riverside won the Grade 5 competition. Upland Highland was initially second on Saturday but was disqualified for not meeting the minimum numbers.
Royal National Mòd’s Premier piping events go to Roddy MacLeod
The annual Royal National Mòd (An Comunn Gàidhealach) was staged at Paisley Town Hall, and Roddy MacLeod of Glasgow won both of the top events for pipers graded Premier and A by the Competing Pipers Association. Angus MacPhee of Inverness and Bradley Parker of Milngavie, Scotland, won the B-Grade Piobaireachd and MSR, respectively, and Bannockburn, Scotland’s Arran Green scooped up both firsts in the events for pipers ages 16 to 18.