Category Archives: Results

PP Ed’s Blog: Gourock Contest/ PP Audio Archive/ Argylls Book/ Bagpipe Muffler

Pleased to see such a healthy entry for the Grade 1 contest at Gourock on May 14 with Glasgow Police, Shotts, Inveraray and Scottish Power all to the fore.

There is a top down effect at these minor contests. If the big boys are there it gives the event the kudos it requires and brings in much needed revenue. Many of our smaller pipe band events have been struggling of late. I have always argued that the leading bands have what you might call ‘a duty of care’ for these contests. It is where many a youngster first get a taste for pipe bands and certainly takes the best music to the grassroots.

So well done to all participants (not just those in Grade 1) and to those Grade 2 bands playing up – great experience for them. Here are the G1 bands and the playing order and times courtesy the RSPBA.

Grade 1 MSR – Ring 1
01 15:35 Scottish Power Pipe Band
02 15:45 Inveraray and District
03 15:55 Lomond and Clyde
04 16:05 Shotts
05 16:15 Johnstone Pipe Band
06 16:25 Glasgow Skye Association
07 16:35 Glasgow Police (pictured top)

Top of the Pops, piper Chris Terry, South Africa

The PP Audio Archive continues to attract many listeners and it is interesting to see, from time to time, whose recordings are the most visited.

By far the most popular recording, and therefore our ‘top of the pops’, is South Africa’s Chris Terry playing the piobaireachd, the Glen is Mine. Chris has had 896 listens so far. Second place goes to John MacFadyen, with 633 people dipping in to his Too Long in the Condition.

Next comes a recital by the imperious Alasdair Gillies with 606. Thereafter we have Donald MacPherson with a recital which includes Salute on the Birth of Rory Mor MacLeod, then the writer with 540 for his MacDougall’s Gathering closely followed by Jimmy McIntosh with 534 for Lament for the Children.

Here’s the list:
Chris Terry, Glen is Mine 896
John MacFadyen, Too Long in this Condition 633
Alasdair Gillies recital, 606
Donald MacPherson recital, 589
Robert Wallace, MacDougall’s Gathering, 540
Jimmy McIntosh, Lament for the Children, 534
Andrew Pitkeathly, light music 480
Donald MacLeod light music, 476
Robert Reid light music, 449
John MacDougall, MSR, 443
Angus MacColl MSR, 442

Other recordings of note: Gordon McCready’s winning tune at the recent SPA Professional has had 87 listens so far and Dr John MacAskill’s  self-penned piobaireachd Rubh An Dunain 118. Good figures after only a couple of weeks on the stocks.

Any reader who has recordings – band or solo – he/she believes deserves a place in the archive please forward same to the usual address. All of these recordings are offered free of charge both by the artists themselves and by Piping Press. The cost of the archive is borne by our advertisers so a big thanks to them for advancing piping education in this way.

The new Argylls book

The new Argylls book is in the home straight and the editors will this week be heading to the regimental museum in Stirling Castle to complete the final picture selection. Proofing will begin next month and this eagerly awaited publication will be launched during Worlds Week in August.

The book will have tunes by such expert composers as John MacLellan, Dunoon, Willie Lawrie. There will also be contributions from the Director of Army Bagpipe Music, Gordon Rowan, and the current Sovereign’s Piper, Scott Methven.

Scott Methven, Sovereign’s Piper

Gaita players in Spain can now practice with impunity even if they live in the least soundproof flat. It’s all thanks to this ‘practice muffler’ which fits round the hands and chanter. Might get a bit hot in there but better that than no practice at all. Thanks to Breton piper Patrick Molard for bringing it to our attention. What do you think guys? Would it be worth someone developing this for the GHB? Have a look:

Ulster Solos – Updated Results From Lisburn with Pictures Added

This well supported solo competition run by the Northern Ireland Branch of the RSPBA was held yesterday in Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn, Northern Ireland. A total of 47 pipers, 53 drummers and 20 tenor drummers took part. Updates later. View the picture gallery of winners here. The picture above shows Senior Champion Ashley McMichael, Field Marshal Montgomery, receiving his trophy.

A Piobaireachd:

 1st Kathleen Dodds Cup and Medal Ashley McMichael Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Medal Kris Coyle Field Marshal Montgomery
3rd Medal John McElmurry Matt Boyd Memorial

B Piobaireachd:

 1st The Harry Stevenson Cup & Medal Beth Preston Pipes & Drums, PSNI
2nd Brannigan Cup & Medal Tim Wharton Joseph Forde Memorial
3rd Bronze Medal Cameron Hume Closkelt

Novice Chanter:

 1st The RSPBA Shield William McFarland Tullylagan
2nd Medal Gareth Lamont Cullybackey
3rd Medal Ben Gilmore Altnaveigh Memorial

Advanced Chanter:

 1 Andrew Pollock Altnaveigh Memorial
2 Rebecca Robinson Cullybackey

Novice Piping:

1st The RSPBA Shield Vincent O’Brien RSPBANI
2nd Medal Grace McIvor Aughintober
3rd Medal Adam Brimmage Matt Boyd Memorial
Officials at the Ulster Solos are L to R: Ray Hall (RSPBANI Chairman), Gordon Hamill (RSPBA Chairman), George Ussher (RSPBA President), the Mayor and Mayoress of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE and Mrs Rosalind Bloomfield, Arlene Graham (RSPBANI Vice-Chairman) and Winston Pinkerton (RSPBANI President). (Courtesy John Kelly)

Piping 14 & Under:

1st The RSPBA Shield Jonathan Gibson Marlacoo & District
2nd Medal Brady Annett Lisnamulligan
3rd Medal Jake McConnell Matt Boyd Memorial

Piping 16 & Under:

1st Walter McKibben Cup & Medal Beth Preston PSNI
2nd Medal Emma Livingstone Matt Boyd Memorial
3rd Medal Cian Flanagan New Ross & District
Michael O’Neill and his daughter Chelsea pictured at the Ulster Solo Piping & Drumming Championships at Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn on Saturday 22nd April. Michael is a full-time tutor at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh and Chelsea is a part-time tutor. (Courtesy John Kelly)

Piping 18 & Under:

1st Harold Hook Mem Cup & Medal Tim Wharton Joseph Forde Memorial
2nd Medal Glen Baxter Pipes & Drums, PSNI
3rd Medal Samantha Coburn Thiepval Memorial

Junior Overall:

1st W Pollock Cup & Medal Alastair Donaghy Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd David Wilson Memorial Cup & Medal Ryan Cupples-Menendez Pipes & Drums, PSNI
3rd Medal Jake Walker Pipes & Drums, PSNI

Intermediate Overall:

1st R Parkes MBE Trophy & Medal Sean Moloney Closkelt
2nd Medal John McElmurry Matt Boyd Memorial
3rd Medal Cameron Hume Closkelt

Senior Overall:

1st W.H.R. Wood Trophy & Medal Ashley McMichael Field Marshal Montgomery
2nd Medal Glen Ross Field Marshal Montgomery
3rd Medal Alan Glenholmes Closkelt
Ashley McMichael pictured with his wife Ashleigh and his parents Bertie and Helga. (Courtesy John Kelly)

Senior MSR

1st A/P N Dodds Perpetual Trophy Glen Ross Field Marshal Montgomery

Senior H&J

1st J Boyce Cup Ashley McMichael Field Marshal Montgomery


 Novice Drum Pad
No. Trophy Name Band
1st Cup & Medal Jamie Coffey Major Sinclair Memorial
2nd Cup & Medal Callum Hamilton Kildoag
3rd Cup & Medal Harry Walker Tullylagan
Advanced Drum Pad
No. Trophy Name Band
1st Cup & Medal Mark Campbell Kildoag
2nd Cup & Medal
3rd Cup & Medal
Unaccompanied Snare Drum
No. Trophy Name Band
1st Cup & Medal Scott Moore Kildoag
2nd Cup & Medal Tyler Anderson Tullylagan
3rd Cup & Medal Samuel Hanna Broughshane & District
Drumming 14 & Under. 2017
No. Trophy Name Band
1st A & M Band Socks Cup & Medal Connor Lawlor New Ross & District
2nd A & M Band Socks Cup & Medal Arren McWilliams Pipes & Drums, PSNI

BC Pipers Association Indoor Meet Results

Robert MacNeill reports: Bruce Gandy won the MacCrimmon Memorial Cairn for Open Piping Piobaireachd, the March, Strathspey & Reel, and the Aggregate at the 2017 BCPA Annual Gathering on April 14 & 15 at Clayton Heights Secondary School, Surrey, BC.

Andrew Lewis captured the Competing Pipers Association Combined B&C Grade Piobaireachd. Andrew is pictured above receiving his award. Grant Maxwell won both the Open Snare Drumming events and Mackenzie Webster took both the Open Tenor Drumming events.

In Grade 1, Tori Killoran won the Piping aggregate and Taylor Killoran won the Snare Drumming aggregate. Simon Fraser University won the Grade 1 bands overall. Partial results are listed below with complete results posted at Full band results detail is located at

March, Strathspey & Reel
1. Bruce Gandy
2. Andrew Lee
3. Jack Lee
4. Alastair Lee
5. James P. Troy
6. Jori Chisholm

1. Bruce Gandy
2. Jack Lee
3. James P. Troy
4. Andrew Lewis
5. Alastair Lee
6. Kevin McLean

1. James P. Troy
2. Alastair Lee
3. Zephan Knichel
4. Andrew Lee
5. Bruce Gandy
6. Kevin McLean

1. Andrew Lewis
2. John Lee
3. Zephan Knichel
4. Kevin McLean
5. Joseph Stewart
6. Ross Barker

March, Strathspey & Reel
1. Alistair Bevan
2. Declan Todd
3. Donald Maxwell
4. Tori Killoran
5. Jack Toohey
6. Charles Morris

1. Tori Killoran
2. Alistair Bevan
3. Aaron Malcomb
4. Charles Morris
5. Chris Cahoon
6. Jack Toohey

1. Jack Toohey
2. Declan Todd
3. Tori Killoran
4. Donald Maxwell
5. Roger Lye
6. Aaron Malcomb

March, Strathspey & Reel
1. Grant Maxwell
2. Kyle Wallis

Hornpipe & Jig
1. Grant Maxwell
2. Gavin MacRae

Grant Maxwell receives his drumming award

March, Strathspey & Reel
1. Julia Snow
2. Taylor Killoran
3. Louise Bentley
4. Jake Mix
5. Robert Graham Jr
6. Amanda Colwell

Hornpipe & Jig
1. Taylor Killoran
2. Louise Bentley
3. Robert Graham Jr
4. Bryce Kreger
5. Amanda Colwell
6. Jake Mix

March, Strathspey & Reel
1. Mackenzie Webster

Hornpipe & Jig
1. Mackenzie Webster

1. Simon Fraser University
2. Dowco Triumph Street
Best Drum Corps: Simon Fraser University

1. Rocky Mountain
2. Portland Metro
3. Robert Malcolm Memorial II
Best Drum Corps: Portland Metro & Rocky Mountain

1. Robert Malcolm Memorial III
2. Greighlan Crossing
3. Vancouver Island Caledonia
Best Drum Corps: Robert Malcolm Memorial III

1. Northwest Junior
2. Keith Highlanders
3. Kamloops
4. White Spot IV
5. Portland Metro Youth
6. Robert Malcolm Memorial IV
Best Drum Corps: Northwest Junior

1. Robert Malcolm Memorial V
Best Drum Corps: Robert Malcolm Memorial V

Maclean Highland Gathering NSW – Updated with Report and Pictures

Report from the 113th Maclean Highland Gathering held 14th April 2017 in northern New South Wales, Australia. The picture above shows winner Andrew Roach in typical Antipodean formal dress.

Robert Gibb writes: For the 113th time in its long history, the annual Maclean Highland Gathering was held on Easter weekend over the 14th and 15th of April.  The Friday focusses on solo piping with all grades represented. ‘A’ grade competitors compete in the Maclean Gold Medal contest comprising Piobaireachd, MSR, Hornpipe and Jig, and Air sections.

Those placed gain good prizemoney, and in addition the presentation each year of the solid gold James MacSwan Medal to the overall winner (with silver and bronze to those 2nd and 3rd) which certainly adds to the prestige of the event.

L-R: Games Chief Peter Smith with prizewinners Robert Gibb, Andrew Roach, and Jason Craig

With the A grade piping being held in the evening, a great atmosphere develops around the various contests. Fellow competitors, enthusiasts and local residents alike monitor the results  as they come in, eagerly taking stock of who is the current front-runner for the medal.

The Saturday features many of the familiar games events including the heavies, Highland dancing, and pipe bands from Juvenile to Grade 2. The official opening of the games on the Saturday comprises a public presentation of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for piping and the ‘Legends’ award. For 2017 the latter was presented jointly to Sam Young and his wife Liz, both internationally recognised piping and Highland dancing personalities respectively.

Following Saturday’s events Alasdair Henderson, official guest piper of the games, gave a well received recital to a packed audience at the Maclean Services Club. There is a great spirit around the games, which are well run, and well supported by locals and those from further afield.

Andrew Roach plays the lament at the opening of the games with prizewinners, organisers, and ‘legends’ Liz and Sam looking on

Piping is one of the pillars of the whole weekend, and pipes played both officially and unofficially are warmly appreciated by all – even a late night discussion in the main street on a number of piobaireachd featuring illustrations on the pipes did not raise an eyebrow!

Overall A Grade:
1st and MacSwan Gold Medal – Andrew Roach
2nd and MacSwan Silver Medal – Jason Craig
3rd and MacSwan Bronze Medal – Robert Gibb

A Grade piobaireachd:
1st – Robert Gibb, The Vaunting
2nd – David Marriner, Lament for Mary MacLeod
3rd – Mark McKenzie, Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay
Judges: Tam McGirr and Sam Young

A Grade MSR:
1st – Andrew Roach
2nd – Jason Craig
3rd – Robert Gibb
Judges: Alasdair Henderson and Hazel Osborne

A Grade hornpipe/jig
1st – Andrew Roach
2nd – Jason Craig
3rd – Mark McKenzie
4th Amos Fox
Judges: Alasdair Henderson and Gordon Ferguson

A Grade slow air
1st – Jason Craig
2nd – Andrew Roach
3rd – Mark McKenzie
Judges: Garry Barker and Gordon Ferguson

MacSwan Memorial slow air
1st – Jason Craig
2nd – David Greenhalgh
3rd – Mark McKenzie
Judge: Gordon Ferguson

Australia’s Silver Chalice/ Govan Pipes and Drums Concert

Sunday 9th April saw the New South Wales Piper’s Society hold their long running annual Silver Chalice competition at the Presbyterian Ladies College in Sydney, Australia.

Unfortunately there was a smaller than normal entry with only five competitors turning out. Despite the low turnout the guest judge, Marion Horsburgh of New Zealand, commented on the enjoyable and high standard of playing. Jason Craig was the winner for the second year in a row.

Results were:

Silver Chalice Piobaireachd
1st Jason Craig, Scarce of Fishing (pictured)
2nd Dennis Browning, Old Men of the Shells

Ron Clement March, Strathspey and Reel
1st Jason Craig, Craig-n-Darroch, P/M Hector MacLean, Sandy Cameron
2nd Sam Creed , John MacDonald of Glencoe, Dora MacLeod, Dolina MacKay 

The Easter weekend sees two other big contests in the Antipodes: The Maclean Highland Gathering in northern New South Wales, Australia, and the Hastings Highland Games in the North Island of NZ. We would ask the promoters to forward results and thus share them with our thousands of readers worldwide.