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Individual Piping and Drumming Competition
Sunday, June 26, 2016


Individual Piping and Drumming Competitions are sanctioned and monitored by Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA).
To compete, pipers and drummers must be registered members in good standing with EUSPBA.
Grade 5 competitors are not required to be members of EUSPBA.

Amateur piping and drumming competitions will be held for Grades 1 through 5, including Grade 4 Junior and Senior piping.
Professional (Open) Piping competition will be held for both MSR and Piobaireachd.
Open Snare Drumming Competition will be held for March, Strathspey & Reel for Grades 1 through 5, including Grade 4 Junior and Senior drumming.

Grade 5 Piping Competition is open to beginners who are not yet playing the bagpipe or the snare drum in competition,
and is restricted to the practice chanter only. It is not open to those playing the bagpipe in band competition.
Grade 5 Drumming competition is restricted to the drum pad only, and is not open to those playing the snare drum in band competition.

Competitors in any March competition (except Amateur Grade 5 and Grade 4 Slow March/Air) must march during their performance, unless physically unable.

Competitors' performance will be evaluated in compliance with EUSPBA rules and regulations:

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Solo Piping
Each piping competitor's performance will be evaluated in the following areas:
  • Time, including tempos and breaks between tunes
  • Tuning, including tone of chanter and drones
  • Execution
  • Expression

    Snare Drum
    Each snare drumming competitor in grade 4 or higher will be accompanied by a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of two (2) pipers
    obtained by the competitor, or in the absence of accompaniment, a piping recording may be substituted.
    It is the responsibility of the competitor to provide the music - piper(s) or audio device and its operation.
    Professional competitors shall perform only on a pipe band snare drum without any additional accompaniment.
    Each snare drumming competitor's performance will be evaluated as follows:
  • Rolls
  • Tone
  • Tempo
  • Execution
  • Rhythm and Expression
  • Quality and variety
  • Blend

    Bass Drum
    Each bass drumming competitor will be accompanied by a minimum of one (1), and a maximum of two (2) pipers
    provided by the competitor. The competitor may also provide one (1) snare and/or one (1) tenor drummer (optional).
    In the absence of accompaniment, a piping recording may be substituted.
    It is the responsibility of the competitor to provide the music - piper(s) or audio device and its operation.
    Each Bass drum competitor's performance will be evaluated as follows:
  • Tone - the drum must blend with, not overpower, the pipes and snare drum;
    the drum must be clear and have a proper bass sound, with no "rumbling" or "ringing".
  • Breaks and tempos - tempos for all tunes must begin on the first beat of each tune;
    rhythm beats must coincide with the pipes and snare drums for a pointing effect.

    Tenor Drum
    Each tenor drumming competitor will be accompanied by a minimum of one (1), and a maximum of two (2) pipers
    provided by the competitor. The competitor may also provide one (1) bass drummer and/or one (1) snare drummer (optional).
    In the absence of accompaniment, a piping recording may be substituted.
    It is the responsibility of the competitor to provide the music - piper(s) or audio device and its operation.
    Competitors must perform 2 three-pace roll-offs and rhythm beatings in the proper tempo in the piano segment of each part.
    Each tenor drum competitor's performance will be evaluated as follows:
  • Deportment, including maintaining proper stance at attention
  • Flourishes, swinging of the sticks in the proper tempo in the forte segment of each part
  • Rhythm and Expression, including the ability to display smoothness and rhythm
  • Tempo, particularly the ability to play in time to the music, regardless of which time signature is chosen


    Click here for Individual Piping & Drumming Competition Rules.


    Competition Events

    Highland Games are held Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26, 2016
    Piping Competition is held on Sunday, June 26
    Competition begins at 9:00am at Stations throughout the Park.

    (No Field Entries Accepted)

    Open Piping
    28. Open Piobaireachd - 4 selections
    29. Open March, Strathspey & Reel - 4 selections

    Amateur Piping Piobaireachd
    31. Grade 1 - 3 selections
    32. Grade 2 - 2 selections
    33. Grade 3 - 1 selection
    34. Grade 4J (17 and under) - 1 selection - Full Piobaireachd
    35. Grade 4S (18 and over) - 1 selection - Full Piobaireachd

    Amateur Piping MSR
    36. Grade 1 - March, Strathspey & Reel - 3 selections
    37. Grade 2 - March, Strathspey & Reel - 2 selections

    Amateur Piping March (2/4)
    38. Grade 3 - 1 4-part selection
    39. Grade 4J (17 and under)
    40. Grade 4S (18 and over)
    41. Grade 5 - Practice Chanter only

    Amateur Piping Strathspey & Reel
    44. Grade 3 - 1 & 1 of each min 4 parts

    Open Snare Drumming
    45. March, Strathspey & Reel (Submit 2)

    Amateur Snare Drumming
    46. Grade 1 - March, Strathspey & Reel
    47. Grade 2 - March, Strathspey & Reel
    48. Grade 3 - 1 4-part or 2/2 March
    49. Grade 4J (17 and under) - 1 4-part March or 2 2-part
    50. Grade 4S (18 and over) - 1 4-part March or 2 2-part
    51. Grade 5 - Drum Pad only

    52. Amateur Tenor Drumming
    Competition will be announced based on number of entries.

    53. Amateur Bass Drumming
    Competition will be announced based on number of entries.


    Click here for Individual Piping and Drumming Competition Registration Form

    Awards & Trophies

    Individual Piping Awards
    Amateur Piping - 1st, 2nd, 3rd Medals
    Open MSR - $100, $75, $50
    Open Piobaireachd - Cowal Trophy plus $100, $75, $50

    Individual Drumming Awards
    Amateur - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
    Open - $50, $35, $25
    Drum Corps - $50


    Click here for individual piping and drumming competition schedule
    to be posted approximately 1 week prior to date of competition.


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    Saturday, June 25-26, 2016
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