Angus Wins Piper of the Day at Alma

The two day marathon games at Alma mark the Midwest Pipe Band Association’s 2015 season coming seriously underway, and it opened up in force.

On the band end, Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band of Lombard, Illinois broadsided the Grade III competition with total sweeps of the boards on both days in a field of three bands. For Fountain Trust, we won 2nd in our Medley and 3rd in our Marches Selection.

Our soloists did very well – I won four firsts, a second, and took home the Ron Chapman Memorial Award for Best Individual for Grade II Piping, my student Chris Eller won 2nd in the Senior Novice 2/4 March – his first success in competition on the pipes, fellow Bloomington piper Jacob Schrader winning 2nd in Grade IV Piobaireachd, and Keith Murphy winning 3rd in the Grade I Piobaireachd.

MAY 23, 2015 – DAY 1

Saturday morning was quite chilly, at only 48 degrees (Fahrenheit) at the start of solo competitions. Naturally, this was the day I was to compete during. I had five events total; a 2/4 March, a Strathspey/Reel, a Hornpipe/Jig, a 6/8 March, and a Piobaireachd. My judges were Adrian Melvin, Greg Abbott, John Bottomley, and John Recknagel. Overall, I performed very well Saturday morning. Below is the only video which really came out well – my 6/8 March for John Recknagel, which I won first in.

The 6/8 March is an interesting story. This tune is by Donald MacLeod and is in his Book 5 (the orangey-yellow one) on Page 16, titled “Altnaharra.” I do not know the story behind this tune, and apparently it is not very well known. John did not know it, and I have not run into anyone who does know the tune. It being Donald MacLeod, it is received well.

My Piobaireachd contest required that I submit two tunes, and I submitted Catherine’s Lament and Too Long in This Condition. Greg Abbott was the judge, and he selected Too Long in This Condition – the second time I’ve played this tune for competition this season. Again, I won first.

SOLO RESULTS:

2/4 March: The Crags of Sterling, Placed 1st
Strathspey/Reel: Dorrator Bridge/The Sound of Sleat, Placed 2nd
Hornpipe/Jig: Evan MacRae’s Favourite/Donella Beaton, Placed 1st
6/8 March: Altnaharra, Placed 1st
Piobaireachd: Too Long in This Condition, Placed 1st

Also competing in solos on Saturday was my student Chris, who competed in the 2/4 March as a Senior Novice. He placed 2nd in a field of eight pipers, with John Recknagel as judge, playing the tunes “Brown Haired Maiden” and “Mhari’s Wedding.”

Later in the day my band competing in the Grade IV Quick March Medley and placed 3rd, which was quite a good result. We had a rough attack, but were able to come in nicely.

MAY 24, 2015 – DAY 2

Fountain Trust Drum Corps
Fountain Trust Drum Corps

Sunday featured more solo contests in the morning, and more band contests in the afternoon. Alma is the only contest in the midwest right now with two days of contests. Our band played earlier in the day on Sunday, and the contest was in our Medley. The band was running high from our medley performance at Springfield the previous week, and were feeling confident. Sunday had some light right over the course of the day, including during our tuning as well as our actual performance. Luckily, it was light enough to not affect our tuning that much.

We ultimately placed second in the Medley contest, behind Alma College Pipe Band, who absolutely dominated the day.

BAND RESULTS, DAY 1

GRADE II MSR (1)
1st (1,1,1,1) – Greater Midwest Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), John Recknagel (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

GRADE III MEDLEY (3)
1st (1,1,1,1) – Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
2nd (2,2,2,2) – Toronto Police Pipe Band Gr. III
3rd (3,3,3,3) – Chicago Celtic Pipe Band
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), John Recknagel (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

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87th Cleveland Pipe Band

GRADE IV QMM (6)
1st (2,1,1,1) – 87th Cleveland Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
2nd (1,2,5,2)- Alma College Pipe Band
3rd (3,3,4,3) – Fountain Trust Pipe Band
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), John Recknagel (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

GRADE V QMM (4)
1st (1,1,1,1) – Grand Traverse Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
2nd (3,2,2,3) – Cabar Feidh Pipe Band
3rd (2,3,4,2) – Dundee Scottish Pipe Band
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), John Recknagel (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

BAND RESULTS, DAY 2

Greater Midwest Pipe Band
Greater Midwest Pipe Band

GRADE II MEDLEY (1)
1st (1,1,1,1) – Greater Midwest Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), Matt Pantaleoni (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

GRADE III MSR (3)
1st (1,1,1,1) – Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
2nd (2,2,2,2) – Toronto Police Pipe Band, Gr. III
3rd (3,3,3,3) – Chicago Celtic Pipe Band
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), Matt Pantaleoni (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

GRADE IV MEDLEY (6)
1st (1,1,1,1) – Alma College Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
2nd (2,2,5,3) – Fountain Trust Pipe Band
3rd (3,4,3,4) – 87th Cleveland Pipe Band
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), Matt Pantaleoni (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

GRADE V QMM (3)
1st (1,1,1,1) – Grand Traverse Pipe Band (Best Drum Corps, Best Bass Section)
2nd (2,2,2,2) – Cabar Feidh Pipe Band
Judges: Greg Abbott (Piping), Matt Pantaleoni (Piping), Greg Dinsdale (Drumming), John Bottomley (Ensemble)

PIPER OF THE DAY AWARDS

Open: Michael Kotch
Grade I: Christian Rhoades
Grade II: Angus Martin
Grade III: Joseph Horwath
Grade IV: Michael Kazmierski-Dunn