MacMillan-Birtles Upgraded to Grade 3

Coming off the successes in Glasgow at the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships (9th out of 33 bands; drum corp placed 6th in the world), the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association upgraded MacMillan-Birtles Pipe Band from Grade 4 to Grade 3 after another prize-winning season.  Congratulations and best of luck in Grade 3!


Grade 4 wins at Toms River!

At the Toms River Celtic Festival in Toms River, NJ on July 9, sanctioned band contests were offered for the first time. The grade 4 MacMillan-Birtles Memorial Pipe Band walked away with first place overall in a field of three bands grade 4. The band was ranked first by both piping judges and the drumming judge, and second from the ensemble judge. Finishing in second place was Rory O’Moore Pipe Band, and in third was Cameron Washington Memorial Pipe Band.

This proved to be a good outing for the band as they prepare to travel to Maxville, Ontario for the Glengarry Highland Games on July 30, home of the North American Pipe Band Championships. Look for the grade 3 band to perform there as well. In addition, both bands will participate in a concert-style medley competition at Montreal Highland Games on July 31.

Strong Showing for MacMillan at Fair Hill

May 21 saw the second competition for both the grade 4 MacMillan-Birtles Memorial Pipe Band and the Grade 3 MacMillan Pipe Band at the Fair Hill Scottish Games in Fair Hill, Maryland. Both bands played very well in their respective grade, placing well among strong fields.

The MacMillan-Birtles played a great march medley, and placed second overall among the 10 bands in grade 4. Special congratulations to the drum corps, who were ranked as the best drum corps in the contest.

MacMillan had two contests on the day, and represented themselves well in both, placing third in the medley contest (6 bands total) and third in the MSR (5 bands total).

This starts a bit of a break for the two bands, who next take the field for competition at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ontario and Montreal Highland Games in Montreal, Quebec on July 30 and 31, respectively.

Until then, be sure to catch the bands at the Memorial Day parade on Saturday May 28 in Sharpsburg, Maryland, and the Independence Day Parade on Monday July 4 in Takoma Park, Maryland.

2011 Band Competitions Start Well at Southern Maryland

The 2011 pipe band competition season got underway on April 30 at the Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland. It was a beautiful spring day, and the grade 3 MacMillan Pipe Band and grade 4 MacMillan-Birtles Memorial Pipe Band both got off to a good start.

MacMillan-Birtles hit the field for their first competition under pipe major Dan Bell, and gave a very respectable medley performance. It was a strong field, and they placed third out of four bands in the grade.

A short time later MacMillan took the field for a March/Strathspey/Reel competition. They gave a solid performance, and as the only band in grade 3 they came out in first place.

There’s no rest for either band, as the Fair Hill Scottish Games are only three weeks away.