Ben McClamrock of Washington DC, USA and Alex Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada came out top at the Competing Pipers’ Association’s recent online competitions for those members graded Premier or A Grade.


Ceòl Mòr – 1. Ben McClamrock (Ronald MacDonald of Morar’s Lament); 2. Sandy Cameron, Roy Bridge, Scotland (The Blind Piper’s Obstinacy); 3. Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario (The Unjust Incarceration); 5. Alex Gandy (The Edinburgh Piobaireachd); 5. James MacHattie, Summerside, Prince Edward Island (In Praise of Morag).
Judge: Murray Henderson.

Watch Ben McClamrock perform his winning tune (recorded inside Georgetown Presbyterian Church, in Washington, DC.):

MSR – 1. Alex Gandy; 2. Ashley McMichael, Northern Ireland; 3. Gordon Conn, Calgary, Alberta; 4. Ben McClamrock; 5. Calum Brown, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Judge: Chris Armstrong.

• Watch Alex Gandy perform his winning MSR (George Stuart Aumonier, Kirstie McCallman’s Favourite, Neil Angus MacDonald):

Elsewhere, the SWSPDA Junior Online Solo Piping & Drumming Championship took place last Saturday. Bobby Allen of Chryston, North Lanarkshire, Scotland was the overall winner.

Bobby Allen.


Under 18
Ceòl Mòr – 1. Bobby Allen (MacDougalls’ Gathering); 2. Hazel Whyte; 3. Gregor Grierson.

Slow Air, Hornpipe and Jig – 1. Bobby Allen (My Home, Crossing the Minch, Donald MacLennan’s Tuning Phrase); 2. Jack McGowan; 3. Hazel Whyte.

MSR – 1. Bobby Allen; 2. Jack McGowan; 3. Hazel Whyte.

Under 15
Ceòl Mòr
(Ground) – 1. Owen McCreadie.

Slow Air and Jig – 1. Gregor Grierson; 2. Ryan McCreadie.

MSR – 1. Gregor Grierson; 2. Ryan McCreadie; 3. Owen McCreadie.

March (four parts) – 1. Kyle Wallis; 2. Harris Morford; 3. Kieran Walker.

Chanter – 1. Jacob Tate; 2. Tom Dunlop; 3. Noah White.

Under 12 Chanter – 1. Calum Morrison; 2. Joshua Eakin; 3. Joe Ironside.