The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championship 2020

By Our Special Correspondent The practice is done, the preparation in train, and the first of the significant indoor competitions falls this Sunday, March 8. Notwithstanding the virus concerns, organisers are pressing ahead. From far and wide six hundred of boys and girls, all pipers and drummers, will gather and compete in the 2020 Scottish Schools Championships. Convergence on Kilmarnock, that Ayrshire town of renown, to the William McIlvanney Campus,…

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Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario

From our Special Correspondent at the North American Pipe Band Championship and Solo Contests In sunny and warm Ontario, thousands came to the institution that is ‘Glengarry’ in the farming town of Maxville. Indoors, Jack Lee, of British Columbia, continued to enjoy a real purple patch in solos, and scored a big win in the Bar to the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal for former winners, with a prize purse of…

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Winter Storm Weekend Underway in Kansas City

With European time cracking along, our piping and drumming friends and colleagues drawn to North America for the Midwest Highland Arts Fund ‘Winter Storm’ weekend are underway in the competition segment of the event. The above picture shows winners from last year’s contest: Alastair Lee, Jamie Troy, both British Columbia, Canada, Alex Gandy from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Andrew Carlisle from Northern Ireland now Pittsburgh, USA, and Andrew Lee, British Columbia….

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Reflections on the Former Winners March, Strathspey & Reel at Inverness

The two most important light music competitions in world piping are the Former Winners’ events at Oban and Inverness. To qualify for either pipers must have won an ‘A’ grade March or Strathspey & Reel at Oban or the ‘A’ MSR at Inverness. Today our Special Correspondent recalls the evening he spent at this year’s Northern Meeting listening to the ‘big’ MSR. The montage above shows the winner Alex Gandy,…

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Dollar Academy’s Worlds Wins and Novice A Grand Slam 2018

By Our Special Correspondent As Field Marshal players erupted, ran around, jigged, jumped hugged and entertained all of us with their antics in the seconds after Ian Embelton had pronounced them World Champions, one of their number, Piper Matt Wilson, naturally, joined in. His P/M Richard Parkes had just equalled the record with 12 Worlds wins after all. But very few will have realised that Matt himself had his own record…

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