Photos by Mary C. Gardella
Congratulations to our brilliant band members who came away with medals this past weekend!
- Seton Helwig – 2nd place, Intermediate Tenor
- Sam Johnson – 3rd place, North American Gold Medal Tenor
- Ben Elkins – 2nd place (three-way tie for first), North American Gold Medal Bass
- Andrew Donlon – 2nd place, US Gold Medal Piobaireachd
- Betsy Morgan – 4th place, Amateur Tenor, 6th place North American Gold Medal Bass
Off to Kansas City They Go!
A large contingent of our members are heading off to 2018 Winter Storm to compete.
- Kevin Watkins – G3 MSR and Piob
- Ana Oyler – G3 Snare
- Ben Elkins – Gold Medal Bass
- Mary Wallace – Silver Medal Piobaireachd and Light Music Qualifier
- Martina Murphy – Amateur Tenor
- Andrew Donlon – Gold Medal Ceol Beag, Piobaireachd
- Dawn Meade – Amateur Tenor
- Seton Helwig – Amateur Tenor
- Beth Morgan – Amateur Tenor, Gold Medal Bass
- Sam Johnson – Gold Medal Tenor
- Alex Kuldell – Gold Medal Snare
Wish them luck!
A hearty congratulations to our MacMillan drummers and piper who took home some hardware from Winter Storm this weekend in Kansas City! Kevin Watkins placed 2nd in the Grade 3 Piobaireachd competition. In Professional Tenor Drumming, Sam Johnson placed 2nd. In Intermediate Tenor Drumming, Dawn Meade placed 2nd. In Professional Bass Harry Meade placed 2nd, and Ben Elkins won Gold!
The MacMillan bands have been hard at work this season, so we’ve had little time for updating here on the site. If you’ve been watching us on our Facebook page, you will have no doubt heard of our successes both at the Jersey Shore Celtic Festival and at the Glasgowlands Scottish Festival!
MacMillan-Birtles took first place at Jersey Shore against a strong field of eight bands, and remains undefeated this season!
At Glasgowlands, the MacMillan Pipe Band took a first place against our friends NY Metro and a very strong field of grade 3 challenge-ups!
Both bands look forward to continuing their successes as they travel to Ontario next weekend to compete in the North American Championships!
The Colonial Highland Gathering at Fair Hill proved to be another success for the MacMillan organization on May 16th. All three bands competed in 4 events total, and over a dozen members also competed in solo events.
Congrats to all MacMillan soloists, winning 6 events and placing in 10 others! Winners included Beth Morgan, Sam Johnson, Jeremiah Whitney and Chris Imlay. Keep up the great work!
The MacMilllan-Dunn band again improved their performance in a tough field of seven talented bands and continue the trend of learning from every contest and peformance. Huge congratulations go to the Rockville High School Pipe Band, earning straight 1st place from each of the four judges in the Grade 5 event. MacMillan-Birtles too had stiff competition in the Grade 4 contest, and are well on their way to the prize list for our next contest in New Jersey, July 11th!
The MacMillan band had two strong performances, winning both the Medley and MSR events. The pipe corps won the MSR event with firsts from both judges, and the drum corps won with an AGL from judge Tom Kee. The Medley event was a bit less stellar for the pipe corps, getting a third and second from the piping judges, tying the Ulster Scottish pipe corps, but the drum corps again won with and AGL and the band earned first in ensemble, showing how much the new members are not only fitting into the band, but improving it. Onward and upward for MacMillan!
Next up for the bands, we are playing the Sharpsburg, Maryland Memorial Day Parade on Saturday May 23. For our less experienced players, performances like this offer opportunities to mingle with the higher level musicians. Mixing and mingling between competiton bands is part of the mission of MacMillan, to teach every player how to improve and evnetually move up between competitive groups. For any interested pipers, be sure to send us a message either on facebook or leave a comment right here! We always welcome new members, even stark beginners!
Till next time, keep rooting for Big Mac!