Archive for the 'Competition' Category

2007 EUSPBA Pipe Band Championships

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

The second season of the revived EUSPBA Pipe Band Championships concluded with two days of excellent weather on the Sunday events at the Capital District Scottish Games. The Oran Mor Pipe Band emerged as overall Grade 2 champions. The Capital Region Celtic pipe band finished at the top of the overall contest and the Grade [...]

Tix for the Worlds

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Tickets for the 2007 World Pipe Band Championships have officially gone on sale. Reserve a space for your arse in the bleachers for the Grade 1 circle! Only 115 days to go!

Pipuary in New Jersey!

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Another blazing success for The Metro Cup Highland Bagpipe Championship held in Newark, New Jersey on Feb. 17. This year’s field was by far the most formidable hosting no less than the likes of Roddy MacLeod, Gordon Walker, and Simon McKerrell along with Metro Cup regulars Bruce Gandy (overall winner), Alastair Gillies, Alasdair Dunn, Margaret [...]

Controversy of Composers

Monday, December 11th, 2006

Has musical inspiration taken you to jot down a tune or two? Do you have a scrawled-out score just sitting in a box? Have a tune in your head you’ve always wanted to write down? Want others to connect with your tunes?

If you received your Fall issue of The Voice, you will have read about [...]

The Grade 3 EUSPBA Pipe Band Championships

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

In stark contrast to the threatening skies of the Grade 2 Championship contest, the Grade 3 EUSPBA Pipe Band Championships were held under a clear, sunny sky through warm, most un-Autumn-like weather at the Anne Arundel Scottish Games. The contest saw five of the six east coast EUSPBA branches send a representative Grade 3 band [...]

EUSPBA Pipe Band Championships

Friday, September 8th, 2006

Photos from the recent Grade 2 EUSPBA Pipe Band Championships, held Sunday, September 3, at the Capital District Scottish Games in Altamont, NY are up on the EUSPBA website for your viewing pleasure.

About 200 people braved the downright cruddy weather to watch this resurgent competition take place. Good playing by all four bands who competed [...]

Can’t get enough of the Worlds?

Monday, August 28th, 2006

For those pipers and drummers who are already showing signs of pipe band withdrawl with the World Pipe Band Championships a bit more than a fortnight behind us, the BBC has stepped in to feed your bagpipe jones.
An entire page is dedicated to the upcoming television presentation on Sept. 3 at 6:05 p.m. BST (1:05 [...]

The Worlds and Piping Live!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

Well, lousy UK internet hookups thwarted all attempts at live posting during the Piping Live! festival and the World Pipe Band Championships. Rest assured, Piping Live! is securing its place with events that should be as much the “must see” as the Worlds itself. This year saw outstanding, most un-Scottish, weather all week long making [...]

An open letter to the bad bagpipe. Or, “Why you stink.”

Thursday, July 13th, 2006

Dear piper,

You have been playing a short while and you’ve finally made the jump to play in public or play in solo competitions. Your fingering is progressing nicely. Congratulations. While I’m glad that you’re working hard on your piping, and you’re out there on the boards, waking up bright and early to get to the [...]

58 days, and a tease.

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

The World Pipe Band Championships has a website for tickets, swag, and helpful info. (I know, your head is hurting trying to process that, but it’s true!)

View some cool photos and video from last year’s contest and dream of this August 12.