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Pipers and Drummers to Compete in Riverside March 27

Pipers and Drummers to Compete in Riverside March 27

The award-winning UC Riverside Pipe Band will host its first sanctioned competition.

(March 4, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Bagpipers and drummers from the western United States will compete in the first solo piping and drumming competition hosted by the award-winning UC Riverside Pipe Band on Saturday, March 27.

The Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping & Drumming Competition for Grade III and Grade IV pipers and drummers is named for the band’s first drum sergeant. The all-day event begins at 9 a.m. at Canyon Crest Country Club, 975 Country Club Drive, Riverside.

Renowned piper Ian Whitelaw and drummer Ed Best will conduct a workshop for pipers and drummers during the mid-day break.

General admission is $10, or $5 for students with ID. General admission and participation in the pipe and drum workshop is $15. Admission for competitors is $20, which includes participation in the workshop. A lunch buffet is available for $10, and vendors will be available with piping, drumming and Celtic supplies.

The indoor competition is sanctioned by the Western United States Pipe Band Association. Entry forms may be downloaded at

Prizes to be awarded will include the Harry Moore Cup for Grade IV drumming, to be presented by Moore’s daughter, Barbara Tully; the George McCloud Cup for Grade III piping; and the Linda Joy Terry Memorial Trophy for Grade IV piping.

“This competition is something we’ve always wanted to do,” said Pipe Major Mike Terry, adding that the band hopes to make the program an annual event.

Sponsors include the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, Thrivent, Mark Schneider, CEO of Bite Me Energy Drink, and BMW of Riverside.

Competition categories are:

Piping: Grades III and IV 2/4 march; Grade III strathspey/reel; Grade III jig; Grade IV slow march; and Grade IV 6/8 march.

Drumming: Grade II solo tenor 4-part march; Grades III and IV solo snare 2/4 march; Grade III solo snare strathspey/reel; Grade IV solo snare 6/8 march; and bass drum.

For the second consecutive year the UCR Pipe Band was named the top Grade IV band in the western United States in 2009. Bands and soloists compete in grades from I to IV, with IV being entry level. The band also placed first at the Queen Mary games in mid-February.

Band members who won top honors as soloists in 2009 competition sanctioned by the Western United States Pipe Band Association include:

Piping: Grade II – Marshall German, first; Grade III – Erin Thomson, first; Grade IV – Stephen Wilkinson, second; Mike McCarty, fourth.

Drumming: Grade II – William Terry, first, snare; Kimberly Fairchild, first, tenor; Alexandria Mueller, fourth, tenor; Carole McCarty, fifth, tenor; Zoltan Koncz, sixth, tenor; Grade III – Ryan Slagle, fourth, snare; Grade IV – Kimberly Fairchild, first, snare; Adam Galindo, second, snare; Malia Maynard, fourth, snare.
The 2009 Grade IV Champions.Enlarge

The 2009 Grade IV Champions.



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