Piobaireachd and March, Strathspey & Reel events are offered for Professional and Amateur competitors. Professional competitions are open to all pipers domiciled in North America and classified as Professional by their home associations. Professionals submit six tunes of each type of their own choosing. Amateur competitions are open to all Grade 1 pipers. Amateurs will submit four tunes of each type of their own choosing.
Professional prizes in each event are 1st – $1000; 2nd – $800; 3rd – $600; 4th – $400; & 5th – $200. The overall champion for both events receives trans-Atlantic airfare from the East Coast to Glasgow, Edinburgh, or London, UK, to compete at eligible senior competitions.
Amateur prizes in each event include a variety of scholarships, with the overall champion for both events receiving round trip airfare to Scotland and two weeks tuition at an approved venue in Scotland.
The annual Uist & Barra Professional competition will be held at the College of Piping on Saturday (March 3). Here are tunes and the draw:
1 Alasdair Henderson, My King Has Landed in Moidart
2 Finlay Johnston, Mrs. Smith’s Salute
3 Glenn Brown, Laird of Anapool’s Lament
4 Callum Beaumont, Craigellachie
5 Craig Sutherland, End of the Great Bridge
6 Peter McCalister, War or Peace (Gesto setting)
7 William McCallum, Old Men of the Shells
8 Angus MacColl, Battle of the Pass of Crieff
9 Jamie Forrester, MacLeans’ March
10 Roderick MacLeod, Earl of Ross’s March
11 Faye Henderson, Sir James MacDonald of the Isle’s Salute
12 Cameron Drummond, Lord Lovat’s Lament
13 Iain Speirs, Nameless (Cherede Darievea)
LIGHT MUSIC (MSR & H/J):
Pipe Sergeant Ben Duncan
The main picture is of last year’s U&B main winners, Callum Beaumont (ceol mor) and Finlay Johnston (MSR).