Inveraray 2014 CLASP Draw

1.30pm Start (This is an approximate timing and will depend on the conclusion of the Junior Piobaireachd)

Grade 3 Piobaireachd
Helge Jeppesen (Ground only)
George Gordon

Grade 2 Piobaireachd
Douglas Maxwell

Grade 1 Piobaireachd
John MacLeod
Michael Graham
Bob Low

Directly followed by:
Grade 3 M/SR
Helge Jeppesen
Douglas Maxwell

Grade 2 M/SR
George Gordon

Grade 1 – MSR
Michael Graham
John MacLeod
Bob Low

Generous Sponsorship from R.G. Hardie & Co

A huge thank you to R.G.Hardie & Co who sponsored the recent NPC summer school in Winchester, Virginia, by donating a beautiful set of PH01 Peter Henderson thistle engraved bagpipes.

Ross-Evans

The pipes were awarded to Ross Evans (pictured) whom the instructors deemed the most deserving student after a successful week of piping. These are Ross’s first set of pipes and we wish him all the best in his future piping endeavours!

United States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships

The 28th  annual United States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships, held in memory of founder Maclean Macleod, were held 21 Jun 2013, in the Louise and David Roselle Center for the Arts at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.  During a short tribute at the end of the competitions, the 2013 USPF Professional and Amateur Champions, Bruce Gandy and Campbell Webster, each played a four-parted 2/4 March written in honor of Maclean: “Maclean Macleod of Ullapool,” by James McIntosh, MBE, and “Mac Macleod of the U.S.P.F.” by Reay S. MacKay.

In the Amateur events there were 10 pipers from throughout North America, and 15 in the Professional events.   The adjudicators for the Amateur Competitions were Amy Garson, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Nancy Tunnicliffe, Lanesboro, MA.  Adjudicators for the Professional Piobaireachd event were Peter Kent, Silver Spring, MD, and James McIntosh, MBE Anderson, SC.  Adjudicators for the Professional MSR event were Colin MacLellan, Edinburgh, Scotland, and James Stack, Summit, NJ.

The organizers are deeply indebted to the University of Delaware and to the gracious sponsors that make this event possible, including:

The Scottish Games Association of Delaware, Inc.

The Dunvegan Foundation of the Clan MacLeod Society, U.S.A., Inc.

The St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore

The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia

Lyon College

The Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming

 

Results were as follows:

The Donald MacPherson Silver Quaich Amateur Piobaireachd Competition:  Each competitor submitted four tunes of their own choice.

1.  Stanton Man (Pittsburgh, PA), “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”

2.  Campbell Webster (Concord, NH), “The Wee Spree”

3.  Maeghan Bielski (Middleborough, MA), “Lament for the Departure of King James”

4.  Andrew Chalfoun (Owings Mills, MD), “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”

5.  Grace Washam (Arden, NC), “The Park Piobaireachd No. 2”

 

The Seumas MacNeill Silver Quaich Amateur March, Strathspey, and Reel Competition:  Each competitor submitted four of each type of tune, and played a set selected by the judges.

1.  Campbell Webster, “Braes of Castle Grant,” “Ewe wi’ the Crooked Horn,” “Major Manson”

2.  Allyson Crowley-Duncan (Latham, NY), “The Crags of Stirling,” “Stac Polly,” “Miss Proud”

3.  Eryk Bean (Londonderry, NH), “John MacFadyen of Melfort,” “Dora MacLeod,” “Dr. MacPhail’s Reel”

4.  Stanton Man, “Leaving Lunga,” “Caledonian Society of London,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”

5.  Grace Washam, “Dr. E.G. MacKinnon,” “The Doune of Inverlochy,” “Malcolm Johnstone”

 

Overall Amateur results:  The competitor with the highest point accumulation from the Piobaireachd and MS&R competitions receives the U.S.P.F. Silver Buckle and round trip airfare to Scotland and two weeks tuition at an approved venue in Scotland. The overall winner also received the USPF Silver Buckle. Scholarships were awarded to approved Piping Schools to overall rankings 2 through 5:

1.  Campbell Webster

2.  Stanton Man

3.  Allyson Crowley-Duncan

4.  Maeghan Bielski

5.  Eryk Bean

Also competing in the Amateur events but not in the prize list: Albert DeFusco (Pittsburgh, PA), Kenneth Flynt (Eldersburg, MD), and Vincent Janoski (Hopewell, NJ).

 

The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Silver Quaich Professional Piobaireachd Competition:  Each competitor submitted six tunes of their own choice.   Prizes: 1st – $1000; 2nd – $800; 3rd – $600; 4th $400; & 5th – $200.

1.  Victor Frank (Silver Spring, MD), “Lament for the Only Son”

2.  Bruce Gandy (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada), “Donald Gruamach’s March”

3.  Andrew Carlisle (Pittsburgh, PA), “The Big Spree”

4.  Alex Gandy (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada), “Lament for Captain MacDougall”

5.  Liz Cherry (Pittsburgh, PA), “Lady MacDonald’s Lament”

 

The St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore Silver Charger Professional March, Strathspey, & Reel Competition:  Each competitor submitted six of each type of tune, and played a set twice through selected by the judges.  Prizes:  1st – $1000; 2nd – $800; 3rd – $600; 4th $400; & 5th – $200.

1.  Alex Gandy, “Verna Leith’s Wedding March,” “Arniston Castle,” “Alex C. MacGregor”

2.  Eric Ouellette (Syracuse, NY), “John MacDonald’s Farewell to South Uist, “ “Caledonian Society of London,” “Ca’ the Ewes”

3.  Andrew Carlisle, “Braes of Castle Grant,” “Blair Drummond,” “Pretty Marion”

4.  Bruce Gandy, “The Pap of Glencoe,” “The Islay Ball,” “Charlie’s Welcome”

5.  Derek Midgley (Tinton Falls, NJ), “Duncan MacColl,” “Neil Sutherland of Lairg,” “Arnish Light”

 

Overall Professional Results:  The competitor with the highest point accumulation from the Piobaireachd & MSR competitions receives the U.S.P.F. Silver Buckle.  In addition to the prize monies noted above, the overall winner will also receive trans-Atlantic airfare from the East Coast to Glasgow, Edinburgh, or London, UK, if he is eligible to compete at eligible senior competitions:

1.  Alex Gandy

2.  Bruce Gandy

3.  Andrew Carlisle

4.  Victor Frank

5.  Eric Ouellette

Also competing in the Professional events but not in the prize list:  Duncan Bell (Bethlehem, PA), John Bottomley (Bethlehem, PA), Andrew Donlon (Germantown, MD), Robert Gray (Iowa City, IA), Ben McClamrock (Baltimore, MD), Dan Lyden (Timonium, MD), Alistair Murray (Pittsburgh, PA), Andrew Walker (Emmaus, PA).

United Kingdom Pipe Band Championships 2014

United Kingdom Championships 2014, Saturday 14th June, Belfast.

Grade 1

1- Field Marshal Montgomery
2- Scottish Power
3- St Laurence O’Toole
4- Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
5- Inveraray and District
6- Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia
7- Greater Glasgow Police Pipe Band
8- Cullybackey
9- Vale of Atholl
10- Police Scotland Fife Pipe Band
11- Denny and Dunipace Gleneagles
12- Ravara
13- Ballycoan

Grade 2

1- Bleary and District
2- Lomond and Clyde
3- Torphichen and Bathgate
4- Buchan Peterson
5- Manorcunningham – Eire
6- The Glasgow Skye Association
7- Mackenzie Caledonian
8- Police Service of Northern Ireland Pipes and Drums
9- Dumbarton and District
10- Aughintober
11- Scottish Fire and Rescue Services Pipe Band
12- Arklow – Eire

Grade 3A

1EP- Royal Burgh of Stirling
2- Johnstone
3- Ballybriest
4- 101 Northumbrian Regiment R.A
5EP- Annsborough
6- New Ross and District
7- Killeen
8- Tullylagan
9- Drumlough
10- Vale of Atholl
11- Raffrey
12EP- Peter Vardy Glenrothes and District
13- Quinn Memorial
14- Concord – Netherlands
15- Stamperland
16- Isle of Islay
17- First Scottish Milngavie

Grade 3B

1- Thiepval Memorial – Eire
2- Craigmount
3- Achill – Eire
4- Matt Boyd Memorial
5EP- Royal Burgh of Annan
6- Portlethen and District
7- Upper Crossgare
8- Colmcille
9- 6th/8th Dundee Boys Brigade
10- Wallacestone and District
11EP- East Kilbride
12- Bothwell Castle
13- Troon Blackrock
14- Strathmore
15- Fraserburgh Royal British Legion

Grade 4A

1- Lochmaben Royal Burgh
2- Closkelt
3- Vale of Clyde
4- Cloughfin
5EP- Arbroath Royal British Legion
6- Marlacoo and District
7- Mcneillstown
8- St Patricks Bandon – Eire
9- Tralee Pipes & Drums – Eire
10- Raphoe Pipe Band – Eire
11- Major Sinclair Memorial
12- Cleland Memorial
13- Kirkcaldy and District
14- Bready Ulster Scots
15- Cullybackey
16- Tamlaght O’Crilly
17- Battlehill

Grade 4B

1- Burntisland and District
2- Ullapool and District
3EP- Royal Burgh of Stirling
4- McDonald Memorial
5- Whitewater
6- Clontibret – Eire
7- Gorey – Eire
8- Ballyboley
9- Portavogie
10- Carnoustie and District
11- Dingwall R.B.L Branch
12- Letterkenny and District – Eire
13- Dr O’Hurley – Eire
14- Mid Argyll
15- Ballydonaghy
16- Vale of Atholl
17- Lochryan
18- Killen and District

Grade Juv

1EP- George Heriot’s School
2- Dollar Academy
3- George Watson’s College – Juvenile
4- Peoples Ford – Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia
5- Kintyre Schools
6- North Lanarkshire Schools

Grade Nov

1- West Lothian Schools
2- George Watson’s College – Novice
3- Dollar Academy
4- Stirling and District Schools
5- Preston Lodge High School
6- North Lanarkshire Schools
7EP- Kelty and Blairadam
8- Ulster-Scots Agency Juvenile
9- Mid Argyll

Worlds G1 CLASP Champion to win NYC Trip

CLASP are delighted to announce that the grade 1 overall winner of the ‘World Solo Amateur Piping Competition’ will fly to New York to compete at the amateur section of the Metro Cup Competition. This fantastic prize is kindly donated by Eric and Maureen Stein.

The dates for the CLASP competitions are Tuesday 12th August – Grade 3. Wednesday 13th August – Grade 2, and Thursday 14th August – Grade 1. The venue is The Theatre Royal (opposite the National Piping Centre).

To enter in the CLASP amateur grade 3, 2 or 1 competitions at Piping Live! please follow this link:
http://www.theclasp.co.uk/competitions/entry/33/

For any information email mdunn@thepipingcentre.co.uk or cbeaumont@thepipingcentre.co.uk

Please note, pipers must be 18 or over to take part.

CLASP Army School 2014 Draw

Army School of Piping CLASP Competition

7th June 2014 – Starting time 10.30am

Grade 3 – Piobaireachd

Stephen Whitton
Helen Thomson
Colin Taylor
Robert Thomson (full)
Neil MacLure (Ground Only)
Neil Mitchell
George Gordon
Tom Broderick

Grade 2 – Piobaireachd

Jack Lockhart
Janette Greenwood
Allan Harper
Sandie Greenwood
Douglas Maxwell

Grade 1 – Piobaireachd

David MacLauchlan
Richard Aitken
Andrew Park
John Frater
John MacLeod
Michael Graham
Gordon Hislop

Grade 3 – March, Strathspey & Reel followed by 6/8 March

Colin Taylor
Tom Broderick
Robert Thomson
Neil MacLure
Douglas Maxwell
Helen Thomson

Grade 2 – March, Strathspey & Reel followed by 6/8 March

Sandie Greenwood
Janette Greenwood
Neil Mitchell
George Gordon
Jack Lockhart

Grade 1 – MSR followed by 6/8 March

Andrew Park
John Frater
David MacLauchlan
John MacLeod
Stephen Whitton
Gordon Hislop
David MacLauchlan
Michael Graham
Richard Aitken

Piping Instructor Vacancy Strathallan School

Strathallan School wishes to appoint a Piping Instructor ideally from September 2014 although it will be possible to delay for the right candidate.  The priority will be to develop the School Pipe Band and individual pipers.  There will also be the opportunity for a suitable candidate to play a part in the wider life of the school and an involvement certainly with the boarding aspects would be an advantage.  Technical knowledge, capability with administrative duties, and vitally the ability to enthuse pupils for piping will be required.

Applications, with a full CV and the names and addresses of two referees, are invited before Monday, 9th June 2014.

 

DOWNLOAD FULL JOB DESCRIPTION HERE Piping Instructor Job Description

 

THE HEADMASTER, STRATHALLAN SCHOOL, FORGANDENNY, PERTH, PH2 9EG

Tel: 01738 815000 email: headmaster@strathallan.co.uk www.strathallan.co.uk Fax: 01738 815001