Mike Rogers reports: Congratulations to all the participants in the 30th annual United States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships, held in memory of founder Maclean Macleod on 18 Jun 2016, in the Amy DuPont Music Building at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
In the amateur events there were nine pipers from throughout North America, and 17 in the professional events. The adjudicators for the Amateur Competitions were Paula Glendinning, Ashton, MD; and William McCallum, Bearsden, Scotland. Adjudicators for the Professional events were James Bell, Batesville, AR; Michael Cusack, Houston, TX; Stuart Samson, Stepps, Scotland; and James Wilson, Washington, DC.
The organizers are deeply indebted to the University of Delaware and to the gracious sponsors that make this event possible, including: The Scottish Games Association of Delaware, Inc., The Dunvegan Foundation of the Clan MacLeod Society, U.S.A., Inc., The St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore, The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia, Lyon College, The Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming
Results were as follows:
The Donald MacPherson Silver Quaich Amateur Piobaireachd Competition: Each competitor submitted four tunes of their own choice.
1. Maeghan Bielski (Middleborough, MA), “The MacFarlane’s Gathering”
2. Emily Kate MacLellan (Toronto, Ontario), “Too Long In This Condition”
3. Colleen Poe (Pittsburgh, PA), “Lament for Captain MacDougall”
4. Laura Neville (Wrightstown, NJ), “A Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach”
5. Stanton Man (Raleigh, NC), “The Park Piobaireachd #2”
The Seumas MacNeill Silver Quaich Amateur March, Strathspey, and Reel Competition: Each competitor submitted four of each type of tune, and played a set selected by the judges.
1. Maeghan Bielski, “Major Manson at Clachantrushal,” “Glentruim,” “The Cockerel in the Creel”
2. Michael McLeod (Greenwood, SC), “Captain Campbell of Drum a Voisk,” “Kirsty MacCallman’s Favourite,” “Cecily Ross”
3. Colin Tait (Pittsburgh, PA), “Dr. E.G. MacKinnon,” “Arniston Castle,” “The Brown Haired Maid”
4. Stanton Man, “Pipe Major John Stewart,” “Tulloch Gorm,” “The Rejected Suitor”
5. Emily Kate MacLellan, “Hugh Alexander Low of Tiree,” “The Piper’s Bonnet,” “Willie Murray’s Reel”
Overall Amateur results: The competitor with the highest point accumulation from the Piobaireachd and MS&R competitions receives the U.S.P.F. Silver Buckle and round trip airfare to Scotland and two weeks tuition at an approved venue in Scotland. The overall winner also received the USPF Silver Buckle. Scholarships were awarded to approved Piping Schools to overall rankings 2 through 5:
- Meghan Bielski 2. Emily Kate MacLellan 3. Michael McLeod 4. Colleen Poe 5. Stanton Man
Also competing in the Amateur events but not in the prize list: Kaitlin Kimove (Stony Creek, Ontario), and Jacob Loughlin (Front Royal, VA).
The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Silver Quaich Professional Piobaireachd Competition: Each competitor submitted six tunes of their own choice. Prizes: 1st – $1000; 2nd – $800; 3rd – $600; 4th $400; & 5th – $200.
- Andrew Carlisle (Pittsburgh, PA), “Scarce of Fishing”
- Ben McClamrock (Washington, DC), “The Red Speckled Bull”
- Andrew Donlon (Germantown, MD), “Rory McLoude’s Lament”
- Derek Midgley (Tinton Falls, NJ), “Isabel MacKay”
- Nick Hudson (Pittsburgh, PA), “Lament for the Children”
The St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore Silver Charger Professional March, Strathspey, & Reel Competition: Each competitor submitted six of each type of tune, and played a set twice through selected by the judges. Prizes: 1st – $1000; 2nd – $800; 3rd – $600; 4th $400; & 5th – $200.
- Bruce Gandy (Dartmouth, NS), “Angus Campbell’s Farewell to Stirling,” “The Bob of Fettercairn,” “John Garroway”
- Andrew Carlisle, “The Braes of Castle Grant,” “The Shepherd’s Crook,” “Lt. Col. D.J.S. Murray”
- Eric Ouellette, (Philadelphia, PA) “The Pap of Glencoe,” “The Ewe wi’ the Crookit Horn,” “The Rejected Suitor”
- Alex Gandy (Dartmouth, NS), “Jimmy Young,” “The Caledonian Society of London,” “Alick C. MacGregor”
- Derek Midgley, “Mrs. John MacColl,” “Tulloch Castle,” “The Cockerel in the Creel”
Overall Professional Results: The competitor with the highest point accumulation from the Piobaireachd & MSR competitions receives the U.S.P.F. Silver Buckle. In addition to the prize monies noted above, the overall winner also receives trans-Atlantic airfare from the East Coast to Glasgow, Edinburgh, or London, UK, to compete at eligible senior competitions. In addition, the overall winner is also the North American qualifier for the MacCrimmon Trophy competition held at the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany, on 7 August 2016: 1. Andrew Carlisle 2. Bruce Gandy 3. Ben McClamrock 4. Andrew Donjon 5. Derek Midgley
Also competing in the Professional events but not in the prize list: Liz Cherry (Oakdale, PA), James Dyson (Dartmouth, NS), Bobby Durning (South Hamilton, MA), Ian Ferrick (Havertown, PA), Amy Garson (Ottawa, Ontario), Dan Lyden (Timonium, MD), Alastair Murray (Moon Township, PA), Avens Ridgeway (Union, ME), and Sean Regan (Woodstock, VA).