After a long day of competition across multiple categories for pipes, snare, tenor and bass, the prize giving ceremony in the grand ballroom of the Marriot Hotel celebrated the 2019 winners.
With some of the best prizes on the circuit being presented (pipes, drums, travel stipends), not to mention the classic Winter Storm medals, a packed house awaited the pronouncements.
Attendees will go through workshops today with the judges now becoming tutors and mentors. This evening they will become performers in the gala concert – available on live stream in the wee small hours for those on UK time. Or catch up later.
Scots pipers Cameron MacDougall and Ross Miller took the Silver Medal and Gold Medal Piobaireachd titles respectively.
In the top grade amateur Ceol Beag Competition, Kayleigh Johnstone from Ontario took the top grade. In the amateur Piobaireachd, Griffin Hall of Kansas took the first place to add to his third in the light music.
In the Professional Ceol Beag Competition, in what was a good night overall for Ontario, Matt MacIsaac edged out Alistair Lee and James Troy.
In the big Gold Medal Piobaireachd it was a win for Nigg’s Cameron MacDougall, with Andrew Carlisle second and Nick Hudson, third.
In the Amateur snare drumming, Kerr McQuillan from Bearsden took the top amateur prize, no doubt bringing a new snare drum home over the Atlantic.
In the Gold Medal Professional Snare contest, Eli Fugate from San Diego, who has figured close to reaching the World Solo drumming final in the past, will now have his travel stipend to attend in 2019.
He beat Blair Brown, who took second, and Eric MacNeill third. Derek Cooper, Grant Maxwell and Stephen Paynter made up the top six prize winners.
Ben Elkins, Dunedin picked up the Gold Medal in the bass drum solo and Sam Johnson of Columbia the tenor Gold.
The full roster of prizewinners can be found here.