The Midwest Highland Arts Fund (MHAF) Board of Directors reports: Today the previous record of 271 solo contest entries, set in January, 2017, was broken with 313 solo entries recorded for its upcoming Winter Storm, January 12, 2018, piping and drumming contests.
The entry deadline was Midnight, December 15, 2017, and the record numbers are attributed, in part, to strong growth in the amateur piping and drumming contests.
Returning for 2018, Midwest Pipe Band Association (MWPBA), the Foundation Sponsor of Winter Storm, will use Winter Storm amateur piping contests as one of its Regional Qualifiers.
MWPBA will invite the top three finishers in the Winter Storm North American Amateur Ceol Beag Championship, Grades 1, 2, and 3, to compete in MWPBA’s Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Event. In addition, MWPBA will hold a separate Grade 4 piping qualifier contest in Kansas City on the Winter Storm Campus, concurrent with events at Winter Storm.
The contests, followed by an awards ceremony, will be held on the Winter Storm Campus, Kansas City, Missouri. January 12, 2018. 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.
The full list of competitors, and order of play, will be published prior to the contests. Contest Spectator passes are still available for purchase.
Many of the day’s contests, as well as the awards ceremony, will be live streamed. All made available at https://mhaf.org
Midwest Highland Arts Fund, incorporated in 2001, promotes the Scottish Highland performing arts every January with its Winter Storm Weekend – The Pipes & Drums Event; consisting of master classes, concerts, and competitions.