Mike Rogers reports: Congratulations to all the participants in the 31st annual United States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships, held in memory of founder Maclean Macleod on 17 Jun 2017, in the Amy DuPont Music Building at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
In the Amateur events there were 8 pipers from throughout North America, and 14 in the Professional events. The adjudicators for the Amateur Competitions were James Bell, Batesville, AR; and Paula Glendinning, Ashton, MD. Adjudicators for the Professional Piobaireachd were: William Livingstone, Whitby, Ontario; and Jack Tayler, Aboyne, Scotland. Adjudicators for the Professional MSR were: Scot Walker, Middlebury Center, PA; and James Wilson, Washington, DC.
The organisers are deeply indebted to the University of Delaware and to the gracious sponsors that make this event possible, including: Scottish Games Association of Delaware. Dunvegan Foundation of the Clan MacLeod Society, USA, St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore, St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia, Lyon College, Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming
Donald MacPherson Silver Quaich Amateur Piobaireachd Competition: Each competitor submitted four tunes of their own choice.
1. Ben Montross (Waterbury, VT), Lament for Captain MacDougall
2. Kenneth Garson (Ottawa, Ontario), Lament for the Iolaire
3. Stephen MacDonald (Winter Garden, FL), A Flame of Wrath for Patrick Caogach
4. Nels Yehnert (Richmond, VA), MacLeod of Raasay’s Salute
5. Colleen Poe (Pittsburgh, PA), MacCrimmon’s Sweetheart
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. Nels Yehnert, The Knightswood Ceilidh, The Piper’s Bonnet, The Brown Haired Maid
2. Stephen MacDonald, Abercairney Highlanders, Tulloch Gorm, Cockerel in the Creel
3. Ben Montross, Duncan MacColl, Struan Robertson, Lt. Col. DJS Murray
4. Kenneth Garson, Donald MacLellan of Rothesay, Susan MacLeod, Broadford Bay
5. Jonathan McGregor (Clermont, FL), Miss Elspeth Campbell, John Roy Stewart, The Grey Bob
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:
1. Ben Montross
2. Stephen MacDonald
3. Nels Yehnert
4. Kenneth Garson
5. Colleen Poe
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.
1. Nick Hudson (Houston, TX), Rory McLoude’s Lament
2. Derek Midgley (Tinton Falls, NJ), Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon
3. Andrew Carlisle (Pittsburgh, PA), The Park Piobaireachd No. 2
4. Ben McClamrock (Washington, DC), Scarce of Fishing
5. Bobby Durning (Peabody, MA), The Groat
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.
1. Andrew Carlisle, Braes of Castle Grant, Inveraray Castle, Dr MacPhail’s Reel (pictured)
2. Ben McClamrock, MacLean of Pennycross, Dora MacLeod, Little Cascade
3. Alastair Murray, (Moon Township, PA) Dr. Ross, Dora MacLeod, Thompson’s Dirk
4. Andrew Hutton (Houghton, NY), MacLean of Pennycross, Piper’s Bonnet, Man from Glengarry
5. Derek Midgley, 74th’s Farewell to Edinburgh, MacBeth’s Strathspey, Dr. MacPhail’s Reel
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 6 August 2017:
1. Andrew Carlisle 2. Ben McClamrock 3. Nick Hudson 4. Derek Midgley 5. Alastair Murray
Also competing in the Professional events but not in the prize list: Liz Cherry (Oakdale, PA), Amy Garson (Ottawa, Ontario), Teddy Krogh (Anchorage, AK), Dan Lyden (Timonium, MDAvens Ridgeway (Batesville, AR), Palmer Shonk (Pittsburgh, PA), and Peter Skae (Old Tappan, NJ).
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