Solos Success for MacMillan Players at MHAF WinterStorm 2014!

MacMillan Pipe Bands were well represented at the 2014 Midwest Highland Arts Fund WinterStorm Competitions! Grade III’s Lead Tenor, Dawn Meade, placed 4th overall in the Amateur Tenor Competition – her first year in Amateur, having won the Novice competition last year. Grade III Pipe Sergeant Andrew Donlon placed 4th overall in the Silver Medal Professional Piobaireachd competition and 7th overall (out of 27) in the Gold Medal Professional Ceol Beag (Light Music) competition. Andrew’s accomplishments are even greater, considering that this weekend was his first ever Professional competitions! Well done to both of them, and to Grade III Drum Sergeant Harry Meade, who placed just out of the finals in the Gold Medal Professional Snare Drumming competition. Great job, all of you!

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MacMillan Rides High in EUSPBA Season Results!

As the 2013 competition draws to a close, the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association has released its year-end overall results and standings. As in year’s past, the MacMillan organization is well represented in those results.

Our Grade III band finished the competition season in 4th place overall in EUSPBA Grade III. Congratulations, guys!

MacMillan’s Andrew Donlon placed 1st overall and Mary Wallace, 3rd overall, in Grade I solo piping. Andrew also placed 1st overall in Grade I solo piobaireachd, while Mary took 4th in the piobaireachd only results. There were 73 total competitors in the Grade I events. MacMillan’s Jacob Loughlin placed 9th overall (out of 294!) in Grade III piping, while MacMillan-Dunn’s Chris Imlay placed 5th overall (out of 611!) in Grade IV Senior Piping and 2nd overall in Grade IV Senior Piobaireachd only results. Impressive work, pipers!

MacMillan’s Harry Meade placed 9th overall (out of 35) in Professional Snare Drumming, and 4th overall (out of 31) in Professional Bass Drumming. MacMillan’s bass drummer (and Harry’s dad) placed right behind him in 5th overall in Professional Bass. MacMillan’s Matt Niblock placed 5th (out of 51) in Grade III Snare. MacMillan’s Dianne Duncan placed 4th (out of 21) in Professional Tenor Drumming, and MacMillan’s Dawn Meade placed 3rd (out of 26) in Amateur I Tenor Drumming. MacMillan-Birtles’ Martina Murphy placed 7th (out of 50 overall) in Amateur II Tenor Drumming. Great job, drummers!

Overall, it was a fantastic 2013 season for the MacMillan organization. While our Grade IV and V bands did not finish in the prize lists this year, it was a good building year for these bands, particularly the fledgling MacMillan-Dunn band. And players from all three bands placed in the Top 10 prize lists, so all should be proud of our work this year.

Here’s to a restful off-season and a refreshed outlook for 2014, when we hope to have more players – from all three bands – competing in solos and placing on the prize lists. Thanks for all your hard work, and we’ll see you next season!

Harry, Dawn, and Kayla head to Kansas City!

Grade 3 Lead Drummer, Harry Meade, his wife, Grade 3 Tenor Drummer, Dawn Meade, Piper Kayla Harper have headed to Kansas City for the Winter Storm Competitions which take place tomorrow.  Harry will be competing in the Gold Medal Snare Competition, and Dawn will be competing in Novice Grade of the Amateur Tenor Championships.  Kayla, of course, will be playing for both of them.

Let’s wish them the best of luck and may they play well!

2013 Schedule Updated

Sorry for the delay in getting this out everyone.  It’s been busy since the New Year started.  The schedule for 2013 is finally updated.  All dates, except as indicated, are confirmed through May.  Everything from June through the end of the year still needs to be confirmed.  The 2013 roster will be updated soon!

Coming Up: Richmond Highland Games

This weekend will see all three bands participate in their final competition this year at the Richmond Highland Games. The games will be held both at it’s old location, the Richmond International Raceway (RIR), with all piping, drumming, and pipe band competitions taking place on Saturday, October 20.

All three bands will be wrapping up successful seasons which this year included the launching of the MacMillan Pipe Band Grade 5 unit at the Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland this past spring.  Results for bands and soloists will be posted after the Richmond Games, including previous contests this year.

Best of luck to all three bands and (pardon the pun) let’s end the year on a high note!

Successful Celtic Classic for MacMillan Pipe Bands

Both the grade 3 MacMillan Pipe Band and the grade 4 MacMillan-Birtles Memorial Pipe Band participated in the Celtic Classic this weekend in Bethlehem, PA. This massive three-day festival with free admission has been a staple in the grade 3 band’s calendar for many years, and this year the format was altered to include a grade 4 band contest as well, allowing both bands to compete.

MacMillan-Birtles performed on Saturday, playing in a parade through the streets of Bethlehem and massed bands before heading into the competition circle. The contest featured both a medley selection and quick march set. The band played well in both contests and placed fifth overall in a field of six strong bands. Their next competition will be October 29 at the Meadow Highland Games and Celtic Festival in Doswell, VA.

MacMillan played on Sunday, finishing their competition season by playing in both the MSR (March,Strathspey and Reel) and medley competitions. Strong performances in both events earned them a third place finish overall out of six bands, and they now head into the off season with plans for an all-new medley for 2012.