2012 United States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships
The 26th annual United States Piping Foundation Amateur and Professional Piping Championships were held 16 Jun 2012, at the Amy E. DuPont Music Building at the University of Delaware in Newark. In the Amateur events there were 11 pipers from throughout North America, and 12 in the Professional events. The Adjudicators for the Professional events were Colin MacLellan, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Reay Mackay, Orillia, Ontario, Canada. Adjudicators for the Amateur events were James Stack, Summit, NJ, and Peter Kent, Montpelier, Vermont.
Results were as follows:
The Donald MacPherson Silver Quaich Amateur Piobaireachd Competition: Each competitor submitted four tunes of their own choice.
The Seumas MacNeill Silver Quaich Amateur March, Strathspey, and Reel Competition: Each competitor submitted four of each type of tune, and played a set selected by the judges.
Overall Amateur results: The competitor with the highest point accumulation from the Piobaireachd and MS&R competitions receives the U.S.P.F. Silver Buckle and round trip airfare to Scotland and two weeks tuition at an approved venue in Scotland. The overall winner also received the USPF Silver Buckle. Scholarships were awarded to approved Piping Schools for overall placements in the following amounts:- 2nd Place - $700; 3rd Place - $600; 4th Place - $500; 5th Place - $400:
Also competing in the Amateur events but not in the prize list: Ross Davidson (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada), Albert DeFusco (Pittsburgh, PA), John McGrath (Wading River, NY), Sean Regan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Nathan Wahlgren (Cranberry Twp., PA), and Mary Wallace (Richmond, Virginia).
The St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia Silver Quaich Professional Piobaireachd Competition: Each competitor submitted six tunes of their own choice. Prizes: 1st - $1000; 2nd - $800; 3rd - $600; 4th $400; & 5th - $200.
The St. Andrew’s Society of Baltimore Silver Charger Professional March, Strathspey, & Reel Competition: Each competitor submitted six of each type of tune, and played a set twice through selected by the judges. Prizes: 1st - $1000; 2nd - $800; 3rd - $600; 4th $400; & 5th - $200.
Overall Professional Results: The competitor with the highest point accumulation from the Piobaireachd & MSR competitions receives the U.S.P.F. Silver Buckle. In addition to the prize monies noted above, the overall winner will also receive trans-Atlantic airfare from the East Coast to Glasgow or Edinburgh Scotland if he is eligible to compete in the Northern Meeting Clasp, Gold Medal, or Silver Medal; or the Argyllshire Gathering Senior Piobaireachd, Gold Medal, or Silver Medal:
Also competing in the Professional events but not in the prize list: John Bottomley (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), Nick Hudson (Pittsburgh, PA), Ben McClamrock (Baltimore, MD), Brian Meagher (New York, NY), Palmer Shonk (Pittsburgh, PA), and Elliot Smith (Concord, NH).
Photos from the event will be available shortly.