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2016 Regional Solos Finalists Announced

The list of Finalists has been published for the 2016 Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest, Regional Solos competition.  Everyone who finished in the top 3 of their Regional contest is eligible to play.  The order-of-play is currently being compiled, and will be published shortly for the pipers, and for the drummers who are competing in the Jim Enright, Sr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest.

Both finals will be held on Saturday, April 09 at The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, 800 E. Palatine Road, Palatine, IL 60074.  This is the same location/venue as last year. Doors will open at 9:00am with the first contest starting at 10:00am. It should be a great contest this year.  The setting for the finals will be very nice with great acoustics.

If your name is on the list of qualifiers please send an email to Jim Sim at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as you can to let him know whether or not you will be competing.  If Jim has already reached out to you, there's no need to contact him again.

It should be a great day of piping and drumming, and the contest is open to the public at no charge.  We hope to see everyone there.

 

2016 St. Paul Regional Piping Solos Results

The St. Paul Regional Piping Solos have been completed, and the results are below.  This concludes the pre-season for indoor bagpipe solo events in the MWPBA for 2016.  The finals for both the Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest and the Jim Enright, Sr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest to be held on April 09 at The Presbyterian Church of Palatine, located at 800 E. Palatine Rd., Palatine, IL 60074.

 

The results from the contest are as follows:

 

Grade 2:

1st-Tak Tang, 2nd-Benjamin Reagen, 3rd-Bob Lies

 

Grade 3:

1st-Thomas Stonehouse

 

Grade 4:

1st-Sydney Howieson

 

These individuals are eligible to compete in the piping solo finals mentioned above, and have already been enrolled in the final contest.

 

Thank you again to all the competitors for braving the high winds and decidedly poor weather conditions in St. Paul to get to the contest.

 

St. Andrews University Recruiting

St. Andrews University in North Carolina USA is recruiting for 2016-17. Scholarship assistance is available for good students who are also pipers or drummers. We are particularly searching for snare drummers for the 2016-17 academic year. All inquiries welcome....time is ticking, but it's NOT too late! Great opportunities for TRANSFER students as well. P/M to inquire...or fill out the online response on the flyer.

 

2016 Kansas City & Milwaukee Regional Piping Solos Results

Both the Kansas City and Milwaukee Regional Qualiifers for the 3rd Annual Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest were held last weekend, on March 5. 

 

The finalists for Kansas City are:

Grade 1:
1st - Griffin Hall

Grade 4:
1st - Christopher Figland

Senior Novice:
1st - Neil Mardis

 

The finalists for Milwaukee are:

Grade 1:
1st - Scott McCawley

Grade 3:
1st - Philip Jutz; 2nd - Lucas Greenlee

Grade 4:
1st - Rhys O'Higgins; 2nd - Kristopher O'Higgins; 3rd - Robert Gough

 

Senior Novice:
1st - Mike Dickinson

 

Junior Novice:
1st - Sean Lambe

All the individuals mentioned are automatically enrolled in the finals for the Terry McHugh Solo Piping Contest to be held on April 9 in Palatine, IL.  Thank you to all the participants in the contests, and to the adjudicators.

 

MWPBA Indoor and Outdoor Contests Highlighted on pipes|drums

The MWPBA's upcoming 2016 outdoor contest season has been highlighted on the pipes|drums website, bringing focus to the extensive prize money available at the Chicago Scots Scottish Festival and Highland Games, as well as the expansion of the St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival to a Champion Supreme event for pipe band and soloists to close out the season.  Head to the pipes|drums website for the full article.

 

2016 Outdoor Contest Registration Forms Now Open

The 2016 Outdoor Contest Registration Forms are now available and on-line, for both bands and soloists.  Please note that the St. Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival are now a Champion Supreme event with more prize money available, and that there are several changes to the solo contests for the both the Chicago Scots Scottish Festival and Highland Games, as well as the aforementioned St. Louis Highland Games.  Some grades have their solos on Friday, some on Saturday.  Breakdowns of events and grades are available here, or by clicking on the 2016 Contests link and starting the registration process.

 

Good luck to all the bands and soloists this season.

 

 

 

2016 Lexington Regional Piping Solos Results

Thank you to all the participants from the Lexington Solo Piping Qualifying event that was held on February 27.

 

The results from that event are as follows:

 

Grade 3:

1st - Jacob Schrader

 

Grade 4:

1st - J. Kevin Chapman, 2nd - A. Bruce Downie

 

Senior Novice:

1st - Marie Roberts

 

Congratulations to all the finalists!

 

You're automatically enrolled in the finals for the Terry McHugh Solo Piping Contest to be held on April 9 in Palatine, IL.  We hope to see you there!

 


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