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2016 MWPBA Regional Solos entry now open (Piping & Drumming)

Update:

Entries are now open for drummers (snare/tenor/bass) for the April 09 Jim Enright, Sr. Memorial Solo Drumming Contest in Palatine, IL.  The closing date is March 27, 2016.

 

Entry is still open for the 2016 MWPBA Regional Solos competition (St. Paul, MN) -- the last chance to qualify for the third annual Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contest

 

These contests are open to all Amateur Grades in light music piping, snare, tenor and bass. The top 3 qualifiers in each GRADE (not event) will qualify to play at the finals to be held in Palatine. See entry form for details, and for closing dates for entries.

 

For 2016, only piping contests will be held at the regional qualifier events. Drumming contests will be held only at the finals in Palatine, IL on April 09. Piping finalists will automatically be enrolled into the Terry McHugh Memorial contest; there is no need to re-register.  Drummers only need enroll in the April 09 date.

The qualifier dates are:

  • Feb 20 - Alma, MI

  • Feb 27 - Lexington, KY

  • Mar 05 - Milwaukee, WI (New Berlin)

  • Mar 05 - Kansas City, MO

  • Apr 02 - St. Paul, MN

The drumming contest date is:

  • Apr 09 - Palatine, IL

 

2016 Outdoor Contest Season Update #2

Update for 2016 Sanctioned Outdoor Contest Season - note that St. Louis is now a Champion Supreme event:

 

Location Date Status G1 G2 G3 G4 G5
Alma, MI (Day 1) May 28 - MED MSR MED MSR QMM
Alma, MI (Day 2) May 29 CS MSR MED MSR MED QMM
Milwaukee June 4 - - - MED MSR QMM
Chicago June 18 CS - Both Both MED QMM
Minnesota July 9 - - - Both Both QMM
Springfield, IL July 23 - - - MSR MED QMM
Waukesha, WI Sept. 3 CS - MSR MED MSR QMM
Columbus, IN Sept. 10 - - - - MED QMM
Central KY Sept. 17 - - - - MSR QMM
St. Louis Sept. 24 CS - MED MSR MED QMM

"Both" indicates MSR & Medley set to be played at event

 

2016 Alma Regional Piping Solos Results

A big thanks to everyone who participated in the Alma Regional Piping Solos; its a great start to 2016!

 

The results from the contest are as follows:

 

Grade 1:

1st-Bonnie Hamilton

 

Grade 2:

1st-Joseph Horwarth, 2nd-Ben Elliot, 3rd-John Urdiales

 

Grade 4:

1st-Michael Kazmierski Dunn, 2nd-Dunca Petersen-Jones, 3rd-Gabrielle Neal

 

Junior Novice:

1st-Thomas McCollum

 

These individuals are eligible to compete in the piping solo finals that will take place on April 9 in Palatine, IL

 

Thank you again to all the competitors and for a good turn-out at the Alma regionals.

 

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  

 

 


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