Angus and Fountain Trust Find Success in Springfield

On Saturday, May 16 the St. Andrews Society of Illinois hosted its annual Springfield Regional Highland Games in Chatham, Illinois.

I traveled with the Fountain Trust Pipe Band to compete – a four hour drive from Bloomington. The band was wildly successful, winning first in its Medley competition in Grade IV, as well as best drum corps and best bass section. These latter prizes have rarely been won by our band, and were important wins for a drum corps which has been working hard over the off-season.I won first in my 2/4 March, my Strathspey/Reel, and my Piobaireachd, and a 4th in my Hornpipe/Jig.

The morning was wet – it was both raining, and had high humidity. My pipes were quite flat – making tuning them difficult, as most other pipers on the field play chanters which are much sharper than my old Naill. In all of my light music events I was competing in a group of four, and I was the only Grade II piper competing in Piobaireachd.

Left to Right: Jake Schrader, Keith Murphy, Angus Martin
Left to Right:
Jake Schrader, Keith Murphy, Angus Martin

Fountain Trust soloists included:

  • Keith Murphy, 3rd Grade I MSR, 3rd Grade I Hornpipe/Jig, 3rd Grade I Piobaireachd
  • Angus Martin, 1st Grade II 2/4 March, 1st Grade II Strathspey/Reel, 4th Grade II Hornpipe/Jig, 1st Grade II Piobaireachd
  • Jacob Schrader: 1st Grade IV Piobaireachd
  • Adam Henderson: 1st Chanter Quick March

After a chilly and rainy morning, the sun came out, and it was hot and muggy. What was once a problem of flat chanters became a problem of sharp chanters. Our tuning was quite good, but as the recordings show, we were very sharp during our competition.

Here are the results for the band contest:

GRADE III MSR (2):
1st (1,1,1,2) – Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band (best drum corps, best bass section)
2nd (2,2,2,1) – Chicago Celtic Pipe Band
Judges: Chris Apps (Piping), Tad Myers (Piping), Charlie Cablish (Drumming), Adrian Melvin (Ensemble)

The Fountain Trust Pipe Band preparing to march onto the parade field.
The Fountain Trust Pipe Band preparing to march onto the parade field.

GRADE IV MEDLEY (3)
1st (1,1,1,3) – Fountain Trust Pipe Band (best drum crops, best bass section) 2nd
(3,3,2,1) – Chicago Highlanders Pipe Band
3rd (2,2,3,2) – St Andrews Society of Illinois Pipe Band
Judges: Chris Apps (Piping), Tad Myers (Piping), Charlie Cablish (Drumming), Adrian Melvin (Ensemble)

GRADE V QMM (4)

1st (1,1,1,1) – Turlach Ur (best drum corps, best bass section)
2nd (3,3,2,2) – Celtic Cross Pipe Band
3rd (2,4,4,3) – Cincinnati Caledonian Pipe Band
Judges: Chris Apps (Piping), Tad Myers (Piping), Charlie Cablish (Drumming), Adrian Melvin (Ensemble)

For my solo events, I played: The Crags of Sterling for my 2/4 March Dorrator Bridge for my Strathspey, and the Sound of Sleat for my Reel Evan MacRae’s Favourite for my Hornpipe, and Donella Beaton for my Jig Too Long in This Condition was selected for my Piobaireachd.

Our next contest is in Alma, Michigan at Alma College on May 23 & 24.