The first knockout event of 2014 took place on Saturday, January 11, with the “B” division and Over-40 piping events. Both events were judged by Matt MacIsaac, who made it into town despite freezing rain on the Saturday morning. Matt also wrapped up the evening with a recital of highland piping and whistle. An apparent boiler malfunction at the venue made for an uncharacteristically cool room, with many outdoor jackets staying on through the evening, and unexpectedly cold fingers for competitors!
Matt MacIsaac in Recital
Matt on the tin whistle
The “B” division piping featured 16 competitors, each playing a slow air and 6/8 march.
Kara Bush Wins the Archie Cairns Cup
1. Kara Bush 2. Emily Clark 3. Bailey MacDonald 4. Taylor Young Millage 5. Andrew C. Robertson 6. Alexander L. Robertson
The Over-40 category also featured a slow air and 6/8 march and had its biggest turnout yet, with five competitors in the mix.
L-R: Branch President Chris Dodson, Matt MacIsaac, James van de Ven, Randy McIntosh and Jeff Stellick
1. Randy McIntosh 2. James van de Ven 3. Jeff Stellick 4. Jill Wylie 5. Jim Bush
The raffle was won by Jacob Dicker, with prizes donated by Matt MacIsaac, pipes|drums, Kingston Scottish Festival and Brown Bagpipe Supply.