Lochaber Piping Society’s Annual Youth Piping & Drumming Competition for players 18 years of age and under, will be held on Saturday, March 23.

The venue is Lochaber Gaelic Primary School, Ardgour Road, Caol, Fort William, PH33 7JE, and will start at 9.30am prompt. Tuning areas will be available. Light lunches and snacks will also be available.

Entry forms to be completed, signed and returned (post or email) by Friday March 15, together with the fee of £4.00 per event, to the Secretary:
Mrs. Rhona Cameron
Lochaber Piping Society
Inverlair Lodge
Roy Bridge. PH31 4AR
Email: lochaberpipingsociety@gmail.com

Download the entry form here: https://bagpipe.news/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Junior-Competition-Entry-Form-2024.pdf

CHANTER
Event 1        March played on Practice Chanter: 10yrs & Under
Best Lochaber Resident – A. MacDougall Cup

Event 2        March played on Practice Chanter: 14yrs & Under
Overall Winner – Carmichael Quaich
Best Lochaber Resident – Lord Dulverton Cup

NOVICE BAGPIPES
Event 3        Slow Air & March15yrs & Under
(This event will be judged separately as (a) Slow Air and (b) March)
Overall Winner – The Buchanan Shield
a)           Slow Air              Best Lochaber ResidentA. MacKellar Memorial Quaich
(b)           March                 Best Lochaber Resident – Jim Grace Trophy

BAGPIPES
Event 4        Slow Air:                   16 years and under
Allan MacPherson Memorial Trophy

Event 5               March, Strathspey & Reel:               14 years and under
(This event will be judged separately as (a) March (and Best March by a
Lochaber Resident) and (b) Strathspey & Reel)
(a)    March                                          Cameron of Lochiel Challenge Cup
Best March by Lochaber Resident – West Highland Junior Piping Trop
(b)    Strathspey & Reel                      Robertson Memorial Cup

Event  6               Piobaireachd:                                      14 years and under
Lochaber District Council Cup

Event 7               Jig:                                                       14 years and under
Lochaber Piping Society Shield

Event 8               March, Strathspey & Reel:               15 to 18 years
(This event will be judged separately as (a) March and (b) Strathspey & Reel)
(a)    March                                        Lochaber Piping Society Trophy
(b)    Strathspey & Reel                      Highland Homespun Co. Challenge Cup

Event 9               Piobaireachd:                                     15 to 18 years
Wiggins Teape Ltd. Challenge Cup

Event 10             Jig                                                        15 to 18 years
Eilean an Fraoich Cup

Event 11             Piobaireachd (Ground Only):           18 years and Under
Ceol Mor Cup

Event 12             P/M Donald MacLeod Memorial Competition: 18yrs and Under
(Piobaireachd composed by P/M Donald MacLeod only)
Pipe Major Donald MacLeod Memorial Trophy

DRUMMING
Event 13             Novice Drumming – Stick & Pad Competition: 14yrs & Under
(March performed on the Practice Pad to Time Signature of Own Choice)
Jim Pryce Memorial Cup

Event 14             Donald ‘Cleon’ MacLeod Memorial Competition: 15yrs & Under
(Two-Part March performed on the Snare Drum)
Donald ‘Cleon’ MacLeod Memorial Cup

Event 15             Donald ‘Cleon’ MacLeod Memorial Competition: 16 to 18yrs
(Four-Part March performed on the Snare Drum)
Donald ‘Cleon’ MacLeod Memorial Cup

Lochaber Piping Society Annual Junior Competition

Competition Rules

  1. This is a competition open only to Junior players, aged 18yrs and under, who have not been placed in any Adult competition.
  2. Events 1 & 2 are for players who have not yet attained bagpipe standard.
  3. Competitors in Events 1 & 2 are not eligible for other events apart from Drumming.
  4. Competitors in Event 3 (Novice Piping) are not eligible for other events apart from Drumming.
  5. Event 3 (Novice Piping) – Previous 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners cannot compete in this event.
  6. Competitors in Events 6, 9 or 12 cannot compete in Event 11 (and vice-versa).
  7. Competitors who have played a full piobaireachd in any competition cannot compete in Event 11.
  8. Competitors may only enter events in their own age group.
  9. Competitors in Events 14 or 15 cannot compete in event 13 (and vice-versa).
  10. Competitors must be prepared to present themselves in the order of play as specified in the programme, or as directed by the Stewards. Failure to do so may mean disqualification.

Additional Awards

  1. The Miss MacRae Conchra Cup will be awarded to the youngest competitor.
  2. The Hugh MacPhee Memorial Quaich will be presented to the Lochaber boy or girl with the highest points in Events 1 and 2
  3. The Buchanan Shield will be presented to the Lochaber player with the highest points in Events 3(a) and 3(b).
  4. The West Highland Junior Piping Trophy will be awarded to the best Lochaber player of a March in Event 5.
  5. The Fort William Town Council Cup will be awarded to the Lochaber girl piper with the highest points aggregate in all events except Events 1, 2 and 3. In the event of a tie, the cup will be shared and initially presented to the younger competitor.
  6. The John MacLellan Trophy will be awarded to the Lochaber boy piper with the highest points aggregate in all events except Events 1, 2 and 3. In the event of a tie, the cup will be shared and initially presented to the younger competitor.
  7. The Evan MacRae Trophy will be awarded to the Lochaber competitor with the highest points in Event 9 – Piobaireachd, 15 to 18 years.
  8. The Roddie MacDonald Memorial Quaich will be awarded to the Lochaber competitor with the highest points in either Event 7 or Event 10.
  9. All prize winners will receive an award for retention.