Robert MacNeill reports: Andrew Lee captured the Open Piping aggregate and Grant Maxwell and Andrew Miller tied for the Open Snare Drumming aggregate at the Bellingham Highland Games on June 4, 2016 at picturesque Hovander Homestead Farm in Ferndale, WA, USA. Simon Fraser University Pipe Band won the overall for Grade 1 Band events.
105 solo competitors and 13 bands competed in clear and warm weather.
1 Andrew Lee (pictured above) 2 John Lee 3 Jori Chisholm 4 Alastair Lee 5 Brian MacKenzie 6 Kevin MacLean; Judge: James Barrie.
1 Jori Chisholm 2 Andrew Lee 3 Alastair Lee 4 Kevin MacLean, 5 Zachary Read 6 Joseph Stewart; Judge: Alan Walters
Full results are located at
'It was a sold out show where greats of the piping and drumming world joined together - on and off the stage - to celebrate and pay tribute to great music and a great band. Said Musical Director, Bill Livingstone (pictured), 'Even with a lifetime in good and great pipe bands, the week of the run-up and the show itself, stands as a monumental thrill for me.
'All of these superstars ditching the competition mind set and joining together to celebrate this music was humbling and emotionally charged. And I think everyone felt the same way.' He added: 'What a time we had: music, friendship, camaraderie - and yes, tons of fun.'
'At one hour and 45 minutes the video production is true to the day, including commentary, background and humour courtesy of compères, John Wilson and Bob Worrall. The production is hosted via the Vimeo platform with downloads available in most local currencies. Video purchase is £13.69 (USD $19.99) with 48-hour streaming, or rental at £5.50 (USD $7.99).
'All profits from the sale of 'Live in Ireland 87' in Scotland video will be distributed evenly between the College of Piping and The National Piping Centre.
Two Piping Press readers can get the video for free by answering the following questions:
1 Name two piobaireachd heard on 78th Fraser CDs
2 What do Canadians like best about Scotland?
a) The weather
b) The fish suppers
c) The Worlds
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