Grade 2 MacMillan Wins at Fairhill

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MacMillan Pipe Band (shown in the photo above) competed against Atlanta Pipe Band and won both the medley and MSR events at the Colonial Highland Gathering at Fairhill on May 20, 2017.  MacMillan-Birtles (Grade 4), and MacMillan-Dunn (Grade 5) Pipe Bands placed third in their respective competitions.  MacMillan and MacMillan-Dunn’s Drum Corps won the drum corps prizes for their grades.

MacMillan Cleans House at Winter Storm!!

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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!

On the Road to Success!

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!

MacMillan Debut at Dunedin!

Dunedin GamesMacMillan has been hard at work this off-season polishing a brand new MSR and Medley, and welcoming some fresh blood to the organization! It’s been a long Winter, but the band is ready to kick this season off in style!

In one week the top-level band will be packing and boarding planes for a weekend away in sunny Dunedin, FL! It will be MacMillan’s debut performance in Grade 2, and first time competing at the Dunedin Highland Games. The band is very much looking forward to meeting up with our friends, the City of Dunedin Pipe Band next weekend.

The Dunedin Games will also be the official contest debut of MacMillan’s new Pipe Major, Andrew Donlon, and Drum Sergeant, Alex Kuldell. The two leaders have worked diligently to  prepare the band for the upcoming season, arranging and teaching new music, and getting the band contest-ready for the 2016 season.

We’ve got our shades and our sunscreen – see you all in sunny Dunedin!

 

Champions.

Months of late nights on the practice chanters, hours upon hours of practice, building and believing went into the MacMillan Pipe Band’s victory at the North American Pipe Band Championships in Maxville, Ontario, Canda on August 1st of this year.

MacMillan won the championship with first and second in piping, first in ensemble and second in drumming from judges Charlie MacDonald, John Elliot, Michael Gray and Hugh Cameron, playing for only the second time competitively Highland Wedding. Both Andrew Donlon and Alex Kuldell were ecstatic with the result, which demonstrated not only the improvement of the band, but also how well the new partership at the helm is both beneficial and largely effective. In addition to the changes the band has experienced over the past 18 months in leadership, they played new chanters and reeds. Many thanks go out to McCallum Bagpipes and G1 Reedmakers for the quality products we have enjoyed and plan to use in the future!

Thanks are also in order for all of the families of the members who have spent many nights and weekends away in addition to the hours of practice at home. Thank you! A very special shout out goes to  drone tuners, Dan Bell and Monica McClamrock, who did a great job getting the band on the field and assisting with overall sound.

Without all of our support from family members, members of the other MacMillan bands, and everyone else, the thrill of marching off the field at Maxville as North American Championships. Most definitely the memory of a lifetime.

With the North American Championships in the bag, MacMilllan went on August 2nd to the Montreal Highland Games in Quebec, and won with a first and second in piping, first in ensemble and first in drumming from judges John Wilson, Brian Williamson, Bob Worrall and Brendan Kelly, respectively. The comments from all were positive, but it was an honor to get such complimentary notes from judges as experienced as John Wilson and Bob Worrall, both of whom have judged the Grade One Finals at the World Pipe Band Championships.
All in all MacMillan was thrilled to make the trip of a lifetime up to the Great White North. With this competition in the books, the band is going to continue looking forward.

From Michael Gray’s ensemeble sheet from Maxville:

“Time for G2.”

MacMillan Victorious at Fair Hill! 

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!

MSR: http://youtu.be/xBgM6IdvfQ0

Medley:  http://youtu.be/Mp_w-nbCrq4

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!