The 27th annual United States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships were held 15 Jun 2013, at the Amy E. DuPont Music Building at the University of Delaware in Newark. In the Amateur events there were 7 pipers from throughout North America, and 15 in the Professional events. The Adjudicators for the Professional events were Reay Mackay, Orillia, Ontario, Canada, and Jimmy McIntosh, MBE, Anderson, SC. Adjudicators for the Amateur events were Amy Garson, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and Peter Kent, Montpelier, VT. The organizers are deeply indebted to the gracious sponsors that make this event possible, including: The Colonial Highland Gathering, Inc. The Dunvegan Foundation of the Clan MacLeod Society, U.S.A., Inc., The St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore, Lyon College, The Balmoral School of Piping & Drumming.
The Donald MacPherson Silver Quaich Amateur Piobaireachd Competition: Each competitor submitted four tunes from the Piobaireachd Society 2013 list of recommended tunes for Silver Medal competitions.
1. Campbell Webster (pictured above receiving his trophy – Concord, NH), “Lady Anapool’s Lament”
2. Kenneth Flynt (Eldersburg, MD), “All the Old Men Paid Rent but Rory”
3. Mary Wallace (Richmond, VA), “Fair Honey”
4. Kirk Brunson (Derry, NH), “Lord MacDonald’s Lament”
5. Eryk Bean (Londonderry, NH), “Parading of the MacDonalds”
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, “Hugh Kennedy,” “Maggie Cameron,” “John Morrison of Assynt House”
2. Andrew Donlon (Germantown, MD), “Abercairney Highlanders,” “Inverary Castle,” “Pretty Marion”
3. Kirk Brunson, “Kantara to El Arish,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “Sound of Sleat”
4. Eryk Bean, “Colin Thompson,” “Ewe with a Crooked Horn,” “Smith of Chilliechassie”
5. Mary Wallace, “The Argyllshire Gathering,” “Lady Loudon,” “Broadford Bay”
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 for overall placements in the following amounts:- 2nd Place – $700; 3rd Place – $600; 4th Place – $500; 5th Place – $400:
1. Campbell Webster
2. Kirk Brunson
3. Kenneth Flynt
4. Mary Wallace
5. Andrew Donlon
Also competing in the Amateur events but not in the prize list: Albert DeFusco (Pittsburgh, PA).
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. Andrew Carlisle (Pittsburgh, PA), “Lament for Donald Duaghal MacKay”
2. Bruce Gandy (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada), “Mary’s Praise”
3. Duncan Bell (Bethlehem, PA), “The Big Spree”
4. Brian Donaldson (Delafield, WI), “The Prince’s Salute”
5. Derek Midgley (Tinton Falls, NJ), “Lament for Patrick Og MacCrimmon”
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. Bruce Gandy, “Leaving Lunga,” “The Islay Ball,” “The Smith of Chilliechassie”
2. James Bell (Batesville, AR), “Portland Castle,” “Blair Drummond,” “Charlie’s Welcome”
3. Alex Gandy, “Jimmy Young,” “Susan MacLeod,” “Neil Angus MacDonald”
4. Andrew Carlisle, “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “The Piper’s Bonnet,” “John Morrison of Assynt House”
5. Dan Lyden (Timonium, MD), “David Ross,” “Arniston Castle,” “Ca’ the Ewes”
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 or Edinburgh Scotland if he is eligible to compete in the Northern Meeting Clasp, Gold Medal, or Silver Medal; or the Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd, Gold Medal, or Silver Medal:
1. Bruce Gandy
2. Andrew Carlisle
3. James Bell
4. Duncan Bell
5. Alex Gandy
Also competing in the Professional events but not in the prize list: John Bottomley (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), Liz Cherry (Pittsburgh, PA), Nick Hudson (Pittsburgh, PA), Teddy Krogh (Anchorage, AK), Alistair Murray (Moon, PA), Eric Ouellette (Syracuse, NY), Andrew Walker (Upper Black Eddy, PA).