Entries open for Glasgow Highland Club’s school competition in 2024

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The Glasgow Highland Club’s Annual Competitions for schools’ pipe bands and individual pipers and drummers will take place at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, G41 4NW on Sunday, February 25, 2024.

Entries are encouraged: this is a good opportunity to get school bands and individuals out on the boards in an encouraging environment, gaining useful feedback from judges, and building confidence in their performance before the competition season really gets going.

The entry form can be downloaded here.  It should be sent to organiser, Don Glass, no later than 26 January 2024.

The events will be:

BAND CONTEST

  1. SENIOR GRADE  –  suitable for bands graded Juvenile  (March, Strathspey and Reel of own choice) for Club Banner and Highland Shield Challenge Trophy.  Additional prize for the best Senior Grade Drum Corps.
  2. INTERMEDIATE GRADE  –  suitable for bands with competition experience or bands graded Novice Juvenile A  (4 parted or 2×2 parted March, Strathspey and reel) for Craigmount Shield.
  3. JUNIOR GRADE  –  suitable for development bands, bands who have not competed or bands in Novice Juvenile B  (8 parts of March tempo, any time signature).

SOLO COMPETITIONS

  • SENIOR PIPING (March, Strathspey and Reel) open to pipers over 16, or who are over 14 and have previously won a solo piping competition.  (Top Prize includes a solid silver Glasgow Highland Club crest kilt pin.)
  • INTERMEDIATE PIPING (4-Part 2/4 March) open to pipers aged 14-16 who have not previously won at this level.
  • JUNIOR PIPING (any March of competitor’s own choice) open to pipers under 14.
  • SENIOR DRUMMING (March, Strathspey and Reel) open to drummers 15 and over.
  • JUNIOR DRUMMING (4-Part March) open to drummers 14 and under.

Competition Notes:

  • The President, members of the club and judges, hope that all school bands will be able to take part and that every piper and drummer will play in their appropriate individual event. Should any school be unable to raise a full band, individual pipers and drummers will be welcome to represent it in the individual events.
  • Age should be taken as at the date of the competition.
  • Drummers should be accompanied by a piper, but if a piper is not available, this will be taken into account by the judge.
  • Senior Grade Bands should be marched on and led by the Student Pipe Major. Intermediate Grade and Junior Grade Bands, however, may be led by the band’s adult instructor.
  • Individual competitors are asked to note that the judges will permit no more than one minute tuning time in the competition hall as there is plenty of opportunity for tuning in the final tuning rooms allocated.  It is preferable to restrict the time tuning than the number of competitors in the senior piping.  The co-operation of competitors and instructors is requested.
  • There is no restriction on the number of soloists that may enter but in the event of too many competitors, numbers may have to be restricted.
  • Adjudicators have been asked to give positive critique and feedback during judging of both Band and Solo performances.  Their marking sheets will be available to respective adult instructors at the close of the prize giving.

If the massed bands play, it will be the first two parts of The Glendaruel Highlanders at the close of the competition prior to the announcements of results.

Full details of the Competition are available through the Glasgow Highland Club website Home Page.

The Glasgow Highland Club is very grateful to their sponsors McCallum Bagpipes, Kingdom Thistle Pipe Band Supplies and R.G. Hardie & Co. for their support of the event.