Matt MacIsaac of Stayner, Ontario, was the winner of the 2019 Glengarry Cup solo piping competition held at the Royal Canadian Air Force Officers’ Mess in downtown Ottawa. The Glengarry Cup is an invitational own-choice March, Strathspey & Reel contest organized by the Ottawa Branch of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario. The trophy was donated to the Branch in 1987 by the Glengarry Pipe Band of Maxville, Ontario. The event resumed after a hiatus in 2018 due to a spring ice storm. MacIsaac was the winner of the last Glengarry Cup in 2017.
2019 Glengarry Cup
1st Matt MacIsaac, “John MacDonald’s Welcome to South Uist,” “Tulloch Gorm, “Broadford Bay”
2nd Jacob Dicker, Hammond, Ontario, “Invergordon’s Welcome to Queen Elizabeth II,” “Caledonian Society of London,” “Thomson’s Dirk”
3rd Andrea Boyd, Toronto, “David Ross,” “Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch,” “Fiona MacLeod”
4th Tyler Bridge, Guelph, Ontario, “Pipe-Major Tyrone Heade,” “Blair Drummond,” “The Sheepwife”
5th Kaitlin Kimove, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, “The Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band,” “Catlodge,” “Miss Proud”
Also competing but not in the prizes:
Ed Bush, Cardinal, Ontario, “The Young MacGregor”, “Cabar Feidh”, “Loch Carron”;
Alan Clark, Finch, Ontario, “Morag Ramsay”, “Tulloch Castle”, “Miss Proud”;
Brendan Culver, Barrie, Ontario, “The Royal Scottish Pipers Society”, “Bob of Fettercairn”, “The Little Cascade”.
The competition was judged by Michael Grey, who led a “Making Pipe Band Music with Impact” workshop earlier in the day, and performed a recital after the competition.
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Michael Grey Workshop – Making pipe band music with impact
Michael Grey, one of the most prolific composers of the pipe band world, gave a well attended workshop on the afternoon of the Glengarry Cup piping contest, “Making pipe band music with impact”.
Michael worked the group through the elements of a pipe band arrangement and used an example, suggested by the participants, of a performance situation and an experience level of a band.
We were encouraged to think of the arrangement as a story with an opening, an introduction that lays the groundwork that introduces a feeling, then builds over small and interesting mid-points, keeping the build varied but not convoluted, unpredictable but not unreasonable in the context, to tease and engage the listener, and leading to something interesting and surprising. The process of making the arrangement from the end through to the beginning was explored.
Ottawa Indoor Highland Games – Registration Closes April 20th
When: May 4, 2019, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm
Where: St. Michael’s Catholic High School
2755 County Rd 43, Kemptville K0G 1J0
Cost: $10.00 (Competitor or Spectator)
New for 2019 are Ontario Champion Supreme Points for solo events, a juvenile band contest, and an expanded quartets contest.
Registration is now open! Deadline is Saturday April 20th
RCMP Pipes, Drums & Dancers In Concert
“On the Road to Holland, 2020”
The RCMP Band, their Dancers and special guests, Shabraque and the MacLeod Fiddlers are proud to present an afternoon of music in celebration and support of the Band’s travel to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland.
The concert will be held at:
Dominion-Chalmers Church, 355 Copper Street, Ottawa
Sunday April 28th – 2pm.
Tickets $20 each (Children under 12 free).
Past concerts have sold out, so we suggest you get your tickets early so as not to be disappointed!
For tickets, visit www.facebook.com/rcmppipesanddrums
Gold Medal Piobaireachd Contest – Volunteers Needed
Volunteer stewards are needed for the newly invigorated Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada)
Competition organizers are seeking volunteer stewards for both the Gold Medal and the Bar to the Gold Medal which will be held August 2, 2019 in Maxville, Ontario.
Preference will be given to previous volunteers of this contest, amateur piobaireachd competitors and those familiar with piobaireachd.
At this professional contest, under the direction of the organizers, you will ensure the timely flow of the competition; eliminate distractions and assist judges and organizers; prepare and close the facilities as well as help with prize presentations.
A minimum half day commitment is required.
Interested parties, please contact Robert Wilson at 613-362-7847 or Lyle Davidson 613-600-8406.
Ottawa Highlanders 2nd Annual Pub Night – June 1, 2018
Join the Ottawa Highlanders at the Vimy Brewing Company on Saturday June 1 for our second annual fundraiser!
An evening of music, food and drinks await, to kick off the 2019 competition season. The is an opportunity to hear some great performances, win door prizes and see friends, old and new!
There will a special guest performance by MacIsaac and MacKenzie.
Tickets at the door, $20