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UCR Pipe Band Continues Winning Streak

The band and individual pipers and drummers take top prizes in spring competitions in Costa Mesa and the Sacramento Valley.

(June 2, 2009)

From left, Pipe Major Mike Terry, musical instructor Ian Whitelaw, piper Erik Ragsdale, and drummer William Terry display the first-place award the UCR Pipe Band won for timed medley march on May 24 in Costa Mesa.Enlarge

From left, Pipe Major Mike Terry, musical instructor Ian Whitelaw, piper Erik Ragsdale, and drummer William Terry display the first-place award the UCR Pipe Band won for timed medley march on May 24 in Costa Mesa.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UC Riverside Pipe Band continued its winning season with first-place finishes at competitions in Costa Mesa and Sacramento. Several band members also won individual honors at the spring events.

At the United Scottish Society Highland Gathering in Costa Mesa, the band was third overall in Grade 4 competition on May 23 and first on May 24.

The UCR Pipe Band was first overall in timed medley and quick march medley events for Grade 4 bands at the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games and Gathering in Woodland April 25-26. The band was first in piping, ensemble and drumming on both days.

Bands and soloists compete in Grade levels 1 through 4, with 1 high and 4 entry level. Soloists may compete in levels that are different from their bands.

“The UCR Pipe Band, now feared and referred to by its competition as the ‘Big Blue Machine,’ is an outstanding representative of our campus, of our competitive spirit and collective commitment to excellence,” said Walter Clark, professor and chair of the UCR Department of Music. “It is a source of pride as well as entertainment, and we should all rejoice in the band's magnificent achievements.”

The success of the band is due to the hard work of its members, said Mike Terry, pipe major and founder of the band. “In addition, we could not have achieved these wins and continue to lead as the top Grade 4 band in the Western United States if we didn’t have the excellent musical leadership from musical instructor Ian Whitelaw and assistant instructor Ed Best,” Terry said. “The value of their contributions cannot be overstated. We are fortunate to have world-class musicians such as Ian and Ed to provide leadership to the band.”

Previously, the band swept the awards in its grade at the Queen Mary Scottish Festival in Long Beach in February. Last year the band won first place for Grade 4 bagpipe bands in the annual Western United States Pipe Band Association competition season, based on points won at events throughout the year.

Band members who placed as soloists at the Sacramento Valley and Costa Mesa events are:

Piping:

Marshall German. Grade 2 – Sacramento Valley: first, march/strathspey/reel, hornpipe/jib and 6/8 march, overall aggregate award for piping. Costa Mesa: first, march/strathspey/reel, hornpipe/jig and piobaireachd, and Duncan & Mary Ann Howie Memorial Award Aggregate Piping Champion.

Erik Ragsdale, Grade 3 – Sacramento Valley: first, strathspey/reel; third, piobaireachd; fourth, 2/4 march. Costa Mesa: second, piobaireachd.

Erin Tompson, Grade 3 – Sacramento Valley: first, jig. Costa Mesa: third, strathspey/reel, sixth, 2/4 march.

Dong-Hwan Choe, Grade 4 – Sacramento Valley: sixth, piobaireachd.

Steve Wilkinson, Grade 4 – Sacramento Valley: first, slow march; third, 2/4 march; overall aggregate award Grade 4 piping. Costa Mesa: first, 6/8 march; second, 2/4 march, fourth, slow aire.

Michael McCarty, Grade 4 – Costa Mesa: second, slow aire.

John Jensen, Grade 4 – Costa Mesa: second, 6/8 march.

Joseph Lesh, Grade 4 – Costa Mesa: third, 2/4 march.

Drums:

William Terry, Grade 2 – Sacramento Valley: first, snare march/strathspey/reel. Costa Mesa: first, snare march/strathspey/reel; and third, hornpipe/jig.

Malia Maynard, Grade 4 – Sacramento Valley: first, snare 2/4 march. Costa Mesa: sixth, 2/4 march.

Kim Fairchild, Grade 2 – Sacramento Valley: first, tenor four-part march; third, tenor four-part march. Costa Mesa: first, tenor 2/4 march; Grade 4 snare, third in 6/8 march; and fifth in 2/4 march.

Alexandria Mueller, Grade 2 – Sacramento Valley: fourth, tenor four-part march. Costa Mesa: second, 2/4 march.

Zoltan Koncz, Grade 2 – Sacramento Valley: fifth, tenor four-part march. Costa Mesa: fourth, tenor 2/4 march.

Adam Galindo, Grade 4 – Costa Mesa: second, snare 2/4 march.

Ryan Slagle, Grade 4 – Costa Mesa: second, 2/4 march; third, 6/8 march.

Josh May, Grade 4 – Costa Mesa: fourth, 6/8 march.

Jared Anderson – Sacramento Valley: third, drum major.

The UCR Pipe Band will host its first solo piping and drumming competition and workshop on Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. The event will be sanctioned by the Western United States Pipe Band Association to allow Grade 3 and 4 pipers and drummers to test their skills at the beginning of the 2010 competition season.

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