Jersey Shore Celtic Festival – Small Games, Big Results

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, The MacMillan Pipe Bands traveled to Tom’s River, New Jersey, for the Jersey Shore Celtic Festival.

A very large number of MacMillan players took part in the solo events at Jersey Shore.  In drumming, Dawn Meade took 2nd in Amateur 2 Tenor and Betsy Meade took 2nd in Grade 4 Senior Snare.  In Grade 3 Snare, Nicholas Shropshire took 3rd and Matthew Niblock took 1st in the March event. Nick also took 2nd in the March Set event. Harry Meade took 2nd in Professional Snare.

In Grade 4 Junior Piping, Joey Votta swept the event with 1sts in March and Piobaireachd.  In Grade 4 Senior Piping, Scott Blevins took 4th in the March event and 2nd in the Piobaireachd event, while Spencer Grinnell took 5th and Kaitlyn Jacob took 6th in the Piobaireachd event.  In Grade 3 Piping, Kevin Watkins placed 4th and Chris Imlay placed 3rd in Piobaireachd B, while Jeff Walden took 2nd in Piobaireachd and 4th in Strathspey and Reel.  In Grade 2 Piping, Kevin O’Brien placed 3rd in Piobaireachd.  In Grade 1 Piping, William Shropshire placed 1st in MSR, 2nd in Hornpipe/Jig, and 3rd in Piobaireachd, while Andrew Chalfoun placed 1st in Hornpipe/Jig and 2nd in Piobaireachd.

Because of scheduling conflicts, not all of the members of the MacMillan-Dunn Pipe Band could attend, so they played for comments in the Grade 5 event.  In Grade 4 bands, The MacMillan-Birtles Pipe Band took 2nd place, while The MacMillan Pipe Band took 2nd place with straight 1sts in Piping in Grade 3.  Congratulations to all!

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Fair Day at Fairhill Games

On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the MacMillan Pipe Bands traveled to Fairhill, Maryland, for the Colonial Highland Games.

A large number of MacMillan players participated in the day’s solo events, including Bill McKinley who placed 2nd in Amateur Drum Major competition.  In solo drumming, Dawn Meade took 3rd in Amateur 1 Tenor, while Beth Morgan took 1st in both Novice Tenor and Grade 4 Senior Snare.  In Grade 3 Snare, Husam Al-Zubaidy took 6th, Nicholas Shropshire took 5th and Matt Niblock took 1st.  Harry Meade took 4th in Professional Snare and 2nd in Professional Bass.

In piping, Joey Votta took 1st in Grade 4 Junior March, Scott Blevins took 4th in Grade 4 Senior March, and Kayla Harper took 6th in Grade 3 March.  In Grade 2, Kevin O’Brien took 6th in Piobaireachd and Jacob Loughlin took 3rd in both Piobaireachd and MSR.

In band competitions, the MacMillan-Dunn Pipe Band took 6th in Grade 5.  The MacMillan-Birtles Pipe Band took 3rd in Grade 4, with straight 1sts in piping.  The MacMillan Pipe Band took 6th in Grade 3.   Congratulations to all!

MacMillan Bands Kick Off the Season with Southern Maryland Successes

On Saturday, April 26, the three MacMillan bands traveled to Prince Frederick, Maryland, for the Celtic Festival of Southern Maryland.  Many of our players participated in solo competitions throughout the day.

Congratulations to Nathan Hurt, who placed 1st in Amateur 2 Tenor, and to snare drummers Nicholas Shropshire, Jeremiah Whitney, and Matt Niblock, who placed 4th (Nick), 2nd (Jeremiah) and 1st (Matt) in Grade 3 Snare.

On the piping front, Joey Votta swept the Grade 4 Junior events with straight 1sts, and in Grade 4 Senior, Scott Blevins took 6th in Piobaireachd.  In the Grade 3 Piping events, Kevin Watkins took 5th in March and 3rd in Piobaireachd A. In Grade 2 Piping, Jacob Loughlin took 1st in the Hornpipe/Jig, MSR, and Piobaireachd events, and 2nd in the 6/8 March event, while Kevin O’Brien took 5th in Piobaireachd.  In Grade 1 Piping, Mary Wallace took 1st in Hornpipe/Jig, 2nd in Piobaireachd, and 4th in 6/8 March, while William Shropshire took 2nd in 6/8 March and MSR, and 5th in Piobaireachd and Hornpipe/Jig.  In Professional Piping, Andrew Donlon placed 1st in 6/8 March and MSR.

In the band competitions, the MacMillan-Dunn Pipe Band placed 5th in Grade 5. The MacMillan-Birtles Pipe Band placed 1st in Grade 4, and The MacMillan Pipe Band placed 1st in Grade 3.  Congratulations to all for a great season kick-off!

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!

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.