PP Editor’s Blog: Paisley Contest/ Ardrossan/ Antigonish

I see that Scottish Power pipe band have entered next Saturday’s minor contest at Paisley (July 23rd). Well done to the band for that. Their presence will inspire the smaller bands and give them a chance to hear one of the best in the world. It will be a good marketing opportunity for the Power’s sponsors too and help ensure continued funding – very important.  The contest starts at 10.30am with the March Past at 5.15pm. Thirty-odd bands taking part.

Can I make another plug for the Rothesay minor contest on August 20th? Chieftain is Ian Embelton, Chief Executive of the RSPBA.Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 07.50.11


Ardrossan Juv Solo Festival logoJon Gerard McClumpha of the Festival of Juvenile Solo Piping has sent this: ‘Dear Robert, I know you have supported us over the years and when I was on your site recently  – I noticed that you do not have up-to-date details for our event.

I have attached an ‘info sheet’ and this year’s entry form and would be grateful if you could find space on your site for us. Should you require any further information regarding the competition please do not hesitate to contact me and thank you again for your support and co-operation. Gerard McClumpha, Caledonian Piping Club & Event Co-Ordinator.’
Click below for relevant info:

Ardrossan Infosheet


Iain Boyd of the Antigonish Highland Games has forwarded these results: ‘James MacHattie placed first in the Freestyle Piping Knockout held on Friday night and won the Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd Challenge on Sunday. Bruce Gandy was named Open Piper of the Games based on the Open Professional results on Sunday.’

Nova Scotia Pipe Band Championships
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Judges: Piping, Iain Simpson, Michael Grey; Ensemble, Ken Eller; Drumming, Hugh Cameron

MSR
Grade 1
1 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel
Grade 2
1 College of Piping, Summerside PEI
2 Dartmouth and District (Grade 3)
Grade 3
1 Dartmouth and District
2 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel (Grade 3)
Grade 4
1 College of Piping (Grade 4)
2 Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew
Grade 5  (March medley)
1 Cochrane Pipe Band, Alberta ( EP)
2 Dartmouth and District (Grade 5)
3 College of Piping (Grade 5)

MEDLEY
Grade 1
1 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel
Grade 2
1 College of Piping, Summerside PEI
2 Dartmouth and District (Grade 3)
Grade 3
1 Dartmouth and District
2 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel ( Grade 3)
Grade 4
1 College of Piping ( Grade 4)
2 Fredericton Society of Saint Andrew
Grade 5
1 Dartmouth and District (Grade 5)
2 College of Piping (Grade 5)
3 Cochrane Pipe Band, Alberta ( EP)

Antigonish Farmers Mutual Insurance Freestyle Piping Knockout
Friday, July 8, 2016
1 James MacHattie–$1,000
2 Alex Gandy–$750
3 Jonathan Simpson, Bo’ness –$500
Other participants: Katie Buckland, Ann Gray, Ian Juurlink

Open Professional Piping
Sunday, July 10, 2016
March
1 Bruce Gandy, Halifax 78th Highlanders
2 Alex Gandy, Halifax 78th Highlanders
3 James Dyson, Halifax 78th Highlanders
Judge: Ken Eller

Strathspey/Reel
1 Bruce Gandy, Halifax 78th Highlanders
2 Alex Gandy, Halifax 78th Highlanders
3 James MacHattie, College of Piping
Judge: James Stack

Jig
1 Alex Gandy, Halifax 78th Highlanders
2 James MacHattie, College of Piping
3 Bruce Gandy, Halifax 78th Highlanders
Judge: Iain Simpson

Open Piobaireachd
1 James MacHattie
2 Bruce Gandy
3 Ann Gray, Calgary
Judge: Michael Grey

Open Professional Piper of the Games: Bruce Gandy (Bruce is pictured up top with the Duke of Argyll after winning the 2003 Oban Gold Medal).


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One thought on “PP Editor’s Blog: Paisley Contest/ Ardrossan/ Antigonish”

  1. Are there any extant recordings of his playing available? One for the audio archive, I’d suggest!

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