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Greater Midwest takes Maxville 2015

Congratulations to P/M Adrian Melvin and L/D Ryan Barr and all at Greater Midwest Pipe Band for their tremendous win at Maxville on August 1st, and being crowned 2015 North American Champions in Grade 2!


2015 Champions Supreme Standings

The 2015 MWPBA Champions Supreme points standings are now being tallied and made available after each Games.

The latest updates are from July 21, which includes the Minnesota Games.

2015 Champion Supreme BAND standings (detailed results)
2015 Champion Supreme SOLO standings (detailed results)



Minnesota Games 2015 results

The results of the MWPBA band and solo contests at the 2015 Minnesota Highland Games at Eagan, MN on Saturday July 18 are now available (band results, solo results).

The band results summary is as follows:

Grade 3 MSR (3) : 1. Kansas City St Andrews (BBS) 2. Chicago Scots 3. Macalester College (BDC)
Grade 3 Medley (5) : 1. Chicago Scots 2. Kansas City St Andrews 3. Macalester College (BDC, BBS)

Grade 4 QMM (4) : 1. Twin Cities Metro (BDC) 2. Brian Boru 3. Strathdon Caledonia 4. Minnesota Police (BBS)
Grade 4 Medley (2) : 1. Brian Boru 2. Minnesota Police (BDC, BBS)

Grade 5 QMM (4) : 1. Turlach Ur (BBS) 2. Kansas City St Andrews (BDC) 3. Minnesota Police 4. Macalester College


Kentucky 2015 band contest canceled; solo contests still on

The band contests at the 2015 Central Kentucky Games on September 19 have been cancelled. The solo contests will go on as scheduled. Hopefully the band contest will return in 2016.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Piping Press : Time to Follow Chicago's Lead on Band Formations

Here's a follow-up editorial by Robert Wallace of Piping Press online magazine on the medley "contest formation" piloted by the MWPBA at Chicago.

Mr. Wallace is calling for other contest organizers to follow the MWPBA's lead.


Minnesota Games 2015 order of play

The orders of play for the MWPBA band and solo contests at the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games in Eagan, MN on Saturday July 18 are now available on the MWPBA Contests page.

Three bands in Grade 3 will compete at both MSR and Medley events, four bands in Grade 4 QMM and Medley, and four Grade 5 bands compete in QMM.


Chicago 2015 "concert formation" popular with bands and spectators

From pipes|drums magazine:

Midwest Pipe Band Association President Jim Sim said that feedback from bands and spectators has been positive after using an open formation at the Chicago Highland Games, so the organization already plans to use it in 2016.

Competing Grade 2 and Grade 3 bands played the Medley event in “concert formation,” after the MSR and Grade 4 and Grade 5 bands competed in the traditional circle.

For the concert layout, a large rectangle shape was painted on the ground and the bands were allowed to form up in whatever manner they chose within the space. Judges were stationary at a table at the front of the bands, with piping adjudicators on the outside and drumming and ensemble judges in the middle.

Read more in the pipes|drums magazine article.

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