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Results: 2019 Knockout Final, Piobaireachd Contests, and Upcoming Events!

2019 Knockout Final Results

The 2019 Ottawa Branch Knockout Finals took place Saturday, March 9th, with finalists across multiple categories submitted sets of their own choice. Thank you to piping judge Brian Williamson and drumming judge Brendan Kelly, and to all those who participated in the 2018-19 Knockout series. Additional photos from the evening can be found on the Ottawa Branch Twitter and Facebook page.

2019 Ottawa Branch Knockout Final (L-R): Branch President Jacob Dicker, Vice-President Alan MacKenzie, Gavin Pakenham (C Drumming), Robert MacLeod (B Piping), D.J. McDonald (40+ Piping), Thomas MacKenzie (40+ Drumming), Noah Grew (A Piping), Ross Davison (A Piping), Walter Gammeter (B Drumming), Vice-President Ron Graham (photo: Cindy McGillivray-Ritchie).

A Piping (3 finalists)

  1. Ross Davison – “Banks of Lochiel”, “Geese in the Bog”, “Nighean na Callich”, “I Have a Wife o’ My Ain”, “Cutty’s Wedding”, “Donald Ruadh”, “Malt on the Optics”, “Sister’s Reel”, “Willie Bucach MacLeod of Stornoway”, “Scotch Mary”, “Andy Renwick’s Ferret”

  2. Liam Melville – “Meall Gorm”, “Drew James MacIntosh”, “Sine Bahn”, Break Yer Bass Drone, “Break Your Bass”, “Pumpkin’s Fancy”

  3. Hugh Metcalfe – “The Hills of Kintail”, “Crann-Tara”, “Sandy MacPherson”, “Kildonan”, “Heningham Reunion”, “Calum’s Bridge”

B Piping (3 finalists)

  1. Robert MacLeod – “The Octagon”, “Coppermill Studios”, “Laird of Dublin”, “Stirling Castle”, “Rector at the Feis”, “Ceilidh Lines”

  2. Megan McIntosh – “Carradale Bay”, “Matt’s Return From Boston”, “Unknown Motive”, “Memories of Mrs Theresa MacRae”, “Under the Triboro”, “The Brolum”, “Mark Sheridan’s”

  3. Jamie Letourneau – “Ottawa Caledonian March”, “Isle of Jura”, “Grim King of the Ghost”, “Molly Connell”, “Glenlyon”, “Double F Dilemma”

C Piping (3 finalists)

  1. Noah Grew – “Duncan McInnes”, “Pipe Major Angus Macdonald”, “Miss Delicia Chisholm”

  2. Noah Yateman – “Barren Rocks of Aden”, “Sweet Maid of Glendaruel”, “A Hundred Pipers”, “The Battle of the Somme”

  3. Heidi McIntyre – “My Faithful Fair One”, “Steve and Diane of Cheltenham”, “Fear A’Bhata (The Boatman)”, “Three Wee Crows”

+40 Piping (2 finalists)

  1. D.J. McDonald – “The Piper’s Cave”, “Terror Time”, “The Ten Penny Bit”, “O’er the Hills to Ballindalloch”, “John Keith Lang”

  2. Thomas MacKenzie – “Leaving Lochboisdale”, “The Tug Argan Gap”, “Archie MacMillan”, “My Dream Valley of Glendaruel”, “Flett from Flotta”

B Drumming (2 finalists)

  1. Walter Gammeter – “Lord Alexander Kennedy”, “Susan McLeod”, “Brown Haired Maiden”

  2. Sarah McKinnon – “Duncan MacColl”, “Susan McLeod”, “Fiona MacLeod”

C Drumming (3 finalists)

  1. Gavin Pakenham – “The Barren Rocks of Aden”, “Scotland the Brave”, “Wings”

  2. Alyssa Pakenham – “The Barren Rocks of Aden”, “Scotland the Brave”, “Wings”

  3. Owen Yateman – 2/4 Massed Band (2 pts), “Cutting Bracken”, “Teribus”, 6/8 Massed Band (4 pts)

+40 Piping (1 finalist)

1. Thomas MacKenzie – “Cutting Bracken”, “Ye Jacobites by Name”, “Loch Ruan”, “Murdo’s Wedding”


Results: Amateur Piobaireachd Contest

Saturday afternoon the 2nd annual Ottawa Branch Amateur Piobaireachd contest took place, with 13 competitors over three categories. Our judge was Alan Clark and reader was Brian Williamson. New this year is a plate awarded to the winner of the “A” Piobaireachd category. The P/M George D. BuchananMemorial Trophy, named for the late stalwart of the Ottawa piping scene, was donated by his son, Donald R. Buchanan. Check out the Ottawa Branch Twitter and Facebook page for photos from the day. We are grateful to Donald for this donation and look forward to awarding it to piobaireachd players for years to come. Congratulations to the inaugural winner, Mike Fenton!

Awarding the P/M George D. Buchanan Memorial Trophy for “A” Piobaireachd (L-R): Branch Vice-President Alan MacKenzie, winner Mike Fenton, donor Donald R. Buchanan, President Jacob Dicker, judge Alan Clark. (photo: Cindy McGillivray-Ritchie).

A Category (5 competitors)

  1. Mike Fenton – “Wee Spree”

  2. Sean Burgess – “Battle of Auldearn No. 1″

  3. Kenneth Garson – “Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”

B Category (5 competitors)

  1. Gregory Joseph – “Too Long in This Condition”

  2. Matt Goral – “Tulloch Ard”

  3. Robert Miller – “Too Long in This Condition”

C Category (3 competitors)

  1. Alan Kerr – “Munro’s Salute”

  2. Robert Trayner – “His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie”

  3. Gabrielle Soucy – “Glengarry’s Lament”


Upcoming Branch Events

2019 Glengarry Cup Professional MSR Contest

When: April 13, 2019, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Royal Canadian Air Force Officers’ Mess 158 Gloucester Street, Ottawa K2P 0A6

Cost: $10.00

The Glengarry Cup Open Professional MSR Contest is held each April and select participants are invited to play. Participants must play a 2/4 March, Strathspey and Reel in that order. A recital with Michael Grey will follow. This contest is a definite must see event if you want to experience a high calibre of play in the finest tradition. Please join us!


Michael Grey Workshop

When: April 13, 2019, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Where: Naval Officers’ Mess (Note: different venue than the Glengarry Cup) 78 Lisgar Street, Ottawa K2P 0C1

Cost: $20.00

Michael Grey, one of the most prolific composers of the pipe band world will be delivering a session before the evening piping contest. On April 13th, Michael will lead a session entitled “Making pipe band music with impact”. This will be a discussion centred on what might be considered when creating music sets for a variety of situations, and will be of interest to pipers and drummers! Online registration will be available soon. Check your inbox!


Ottawa Indoor Highland Games

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)

Registration is now open! Deadline is Saturday April 20th

New for 2019 are Ontario Champion Supreme Points for solo events, a juvenile band contest, and an expanded quartets contest. Visit our website for more information!


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!


Don’t Miss a Relic of Ottawa’s Piping History!

Last displayed in Ottawa in 1899, don’t miss visiting a very special set up bagpipes that are on display in the Barbara Ann Scott Gallery in Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West, until April 26th. These pipes are at least 200 years old, and, according to legend, were played at the Battle of Culloden in 1746!

Brought back to Ottawa through a special partnership between the Scottish Society of Ottawa and the City of Ottawa Archives. For more information, please visit the SSO website.


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