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2016 MWPBA Adjudicators Seminar

On Saturday, February 13th, the MWPBA held their annual Adjudication Seminar at the Scottish Home in North Riverside, IL. MWPBA Adjudicators must attend one of the all-day seminars every two years to retain their status on the judging panel; the session was moderated by Ken Eller from Fonthill, Ontario.

 

9 of the 23 MWPBA Adjudicators attended the seminar; here is a photo from the seminar.

 

Some of the topics that were covered during the seminar include:

  • Solutions for judging dilemmas
  • Positioning in different band formations
  • Ensemble judging
  • Practical judging training
  • What to listen for in certain situations

The feedback from the session was positive and encouraging.

 

Light music and piobaireachd adjudicator exams will be taking place in March.

 

Regional Qualifiers to be Held in Kansas City on March 5

 

2016 Professional Solo Piping entry is now open

 
All MWPBA sanctioned contests are open to the following:
  • Member bands and member soloists in good standing of the MWPBA, and
  • Member bands and member soloists in good standing of another association of ANAPBA, or any other association properly recognized by the MWPBA Advisory Board.
Champion Supreme points are awarded only to MWPBA member bands and MWPBA individual members in regular season competitions with official sanctioned status.  Events at Champion Supreme games are awarded double points.  Where multiple events are offered at a standard sanctioned games, available points are split between the events.
 
The music requirements (described here) for each band contest is shown, either
  • QMM - Quick March Medley
  • MSR - March, Strathspey, and Reel
  • Medley - Timed Medley
 
MWPBA 2016 Contest Pre-Season
 
Contest Information Contest Details

Regional Solos Contest

Qualifiers:

  • Feb 20 - Alma, MI
  • Feb 27 - Lexington, KY
  • Mar 05 - Milwaukee, WI
  • Mar 05 - Kansas City, MO
  • Apr 02 - St. Paul, MN

Final:

  • April 09 - Palatine, IL

Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest

Solo piping only for regional qualifiers

All Amateur Grades in light music piping.

The top 3 qualifiers in each GRADE (not event) will qualify to play at the finals to be held in Chicago (Palatine).

See entry form for details, locations, and for closing dates for entries.

(all regional piping winners will be automatically entered into the Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest finals in Chicago after the conclusion of the Regional Contests)

Final:

  • April 09 - Palatine, IL

Jim Enright, Sr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest

All Amateur Grades in snare, tenor, and bass drumming.

 

MWPBA 2016 Professional Solo Piping Contest

Contest Information Contest Details
May 14 - Palatine, IL

Professional Solo Piping Contest, open to registered pipers (MWPBA or other association)

Total of $3,500 USD in prize money available (see flyer for specific details)

 

MWPBA 2016 Contest Regular Season

** Printable details of all 2016 MWPBA regular season contests and events (bands, solos) **

Contest Entry Details Host Games and Event Information

Alma

May 28-29

 

Entry Deadline: May 8

US Open Pipe Band Championship (Sunday)

Alma Highland Festival
Alma, MI

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Champion Supreme G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MSR MED MSR MED
Sun QMM MED MSR MED MSR

Milwaukee

June 4

Entry Deadline: May 15

Milwaukee Highland Games
Wauwatosa, WI

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Standard G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MSR MED    

Chicago

June 17-18

Entry Deadline: May 29

Midwest Pipe Band Championship

Chicago Scots Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Itasca, IL

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Champion Supreme G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MED MED & MSR MED & MSR  

Minnesota

July 9

Entry Deadline: June 19

Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games
Eagan, MN

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Standard G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MED & MSR MED & MSR    

Springfield

July 23

Entry Deadline: July 3

Springfield Area Highland Games and Celtic Festival
Chatham, IL

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Standard G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MED MSR    

Wisconsin

Sept. 3

Entry Deadline: Aug. 14

Mid America Pipe Band Championships

Wisconsin Highland Games
Waukesha, WI

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Champion Supreme G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MSR MED MSR  

Columbus

Sept. 10

Entry Deadline: Aug. 21

Columbus Scottish Festival and Highland Games
Columbus, IN

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Standard G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MED MSR    

Central KY

Sept. 17

Entry Deadline: Aug. 28

Central Kentucky Celtic Festival and Highland Games
Eminence, KY

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Standard G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MSR MED    

St. Louis

Sept. 24

Entry Deadline: Sept. 4

St Louis Scottish Games and Cultural Festival
Chesterfield, MO

Orders of play (bands, solos)

Champion Supreme G5 G4 G3 G2 G1
Sat QMM MED MSR MED  

 

 

Inaugural Professional Solo Contest

ATTENTION: PROFESSIONAL PIPERS!

 

The MWPBA is pleased to announce its Inaugural Professional Solo Piping Contest, to be held on May 14 at the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, in Palatine, IL.  The church is located at 800 E. Palatine Rd., Palatine, IL, and is located a short distance from O'Hare airport. 

 

The event is open to all professional pipers.

 

Start time will be 2:00

 

The Entry fee for this event is $25.00 and the format is as follows:

  • All contestants play a selected piobaireachd (submit 4)
  • All contestants return to play a March, Strathspey, and Reel (submit 4 MSRs)

Prize money for the event is as follows:

Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
MSR $400 $300 $200 $100
Piobaireachd $400 $300 $200 $100

 

Overall winners determined from the combined scores of both events will receive

the following additional prize money:

Event 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Overall Winner $500 $400 $300 $200 $100

 

Judges will be announced shortly, as well as registration opening.

 

 

 

 

Chicago Prize Money Increased for 2016

The prize money for the Chicago Games in 2016 has increased to the following levels:

 

Grade 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
G2 $1,500 $1,100 $750 $500
G3 $1,400 $1,000 $700 $400
G4 $1,300 $900 $600 $300
G5 $500 $300 $200 $100

Grade 2 & 3 prize money will be based on a combined MSR & Medley score

 

2016 Regional Solos Competition Dates (McHugh/Enrigh)

The locations and dates for the 2016 MWPBA Pre-Season Regional Solos for the Terry McHugh Solo Piping Contest are as follows:
 
Location Date Venue
Alma, MI February 20 Dunning Memorial Chapel
Lexington, KY February 27 Good Shepherd Episcopal Church
Milwaukee, WI March 5 Free Methodist Church, New Berlin, WI
Kansas City, MO March 5 Community Christian Church
St. Paul, MN April 2 Landmark Center

There are no solo drumming events at the regionals; the Jim Enright, Sr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest will be held during the finals on April 9, along with the piping finals.

The date and location for the finals is April 9, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church of Palatine, Palatine, IL.

Registration forms for the 2016 contest will be updated shortly to reflect the new dates for 2016.

 


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