Results from the Antigonish Highland Games and the Nova Scotia Pipe Band Championships

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by IAIN BOYD.

The 157th Antigonish Highland Games were held on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 under warm and sunny conditions.  A large crowd attended both days following a two-year hiatus brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nine pipe bands competed for the Nova Scotia Pipe Band Championships on Saturday and for the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Championships on Sunday.

The 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band, the only Grade 1 entry, put on two very pleasing performances. There were over 40 solo competitors including an entry of seven open professional pipers who delivered strong performances. 

Andrea Boyd from Ottawa, Ontario captured the Atlantic Canadian Piobaireachd Championship. Bruce Gandy from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia was awarded open piper of the games. Judges for the open piping were Michael Grey from Dundas, Ontario and Ann Gray from Calgary, Alberta.  Andrea Boyd, Bruce Gandy, and Scott William were the other piping judges.

Sam Ramsay from Summerside, PEI was named open drummer of the games. Doug Stronach from Simcoe, Ontario judged the solo drumming and pipe band events.

Nova Scotia Pipe Band Championships – Saturday, July 9

First Prize

Grade 1 – 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe Band

Grade 2 – No entries      

Grade 3 – The College of Piping, Summerside, PEI

Grade 4 – Dartmouth and District

Grade 5 – The College of Piping Grade 5

Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Championships – Sunday, July 10

First Prize

Grade 1 – 78th Highlander Halifax Citadel Pipe Band

Grade 2  – No entries      

Grade 3 – The College of Piping, Summerside, PEI

Grade 4 – Dartmouth and District

Grade 5 – The College of Piping Grade 5

Solo Piping and Drumming Awards

Professional Piping

Atlantic Canadian Open Professional Piobaireachd Champion – Andrea Boyd, Ottawa

Open Piper of the Games – Bruce Gandy, Dartmouth

Professional Drumming

Sam Ramsay, Summerside, PEI

Amateur Piping

Grade 1 Piping – Adam Tingskou, Fredericton, NB

Grade 2 Piping – Derek Reed, Arkansas, USA

Grade 3 Piping – Reilly Green, Fredericton, NB

Grade 4 Piping – Elina Richards, Halifax, NS

Grade 5 Piping – Ian Kelloch, Sydney, NS

Amateur Drumming

Grade 1 – Austin Trenholm, Summerside, PEI

Grade 2 – No entries

Grade 3 – Ceana Fleury, Fredericton, NS

Grade 4 – Vincent Gallant-Cote, Summerside, PE