Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band

Cincinnati Indoor Solo Competition & Workshop

The Cincinnati Caledonian Pipes & Drums Band is proud to host the 5th annual Cincinnati Indoor Solo Competition & Workshop on Saturday, April 4th 2020. A sanctioned solo competition will take place in the morning followed by piping and drumming workshop sessions in the afternoon taught by the competition judges. Attention drummers (new this year) – if you need a piper, we will provide one free of charge! Email Andy Douglas at webmaster@cincypipesanddrums.org with your tune(s) by February 1st and we’ll work with you to provide recordings if needed and work out day-of in-person run-throughs. Also new this year are sanctioned tenor and bass events!

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Solo Competition Information (8:00 AM-1:00 PM)

Piping: EUSPBA sanctioned
Grade Events/Details
Grade 5 (sanctioned) Two-parted march (2/4, 3/4 or 4/4) on the bagpipe, Piobaireachd Ground Only
Grade 4 Jr/Sr Piobaireachd (full tune), 2/4 March (1 4-parted tune or 2 2-parted tunes), Strathspey/Reel (2-parted each), 6/8 March (1 4-parted tune or 2 2-parted tunes)
Grade 3 Piobaireachd, 2/4 March, Strathspey/Reel (1 4-parted of each or 2 2-parted of each), Jig
Grade 2 Piobaireachd (submit 2), 2/4 March (submit 2), Strathspey/Reel (submit 2 of each), Hornpipe/Jig (submit 1 of each)
Grade 1 Piobaireachd (submit 3), M/S/R (submit 3), Hornpipe/Jig (submit 2)
Grade “Open” (Professional and Premier) Piobaireachd (submit 4), M/S/R (submit 4). Prize money is $100/$50/$25 per event.
Novice (non-sanctioned) March (any time signature). This is a practice chanter event and is non-sanctioned (no pipe band association membership is required).
Snare Drumming: EUSPBA sanctioned, Judge: Jon Quigg
Grade Events
Grade 5 (sanctioned) Two-parted march (2/4, 3/4 or 4/4) on the snare drum, piper accompaniment optional
Grade 4 Jr/Sr 2/4 March (1 4-parted tune or 2 2-parted tunes), March Set (quick march set between 1 minute 45 seconds and 3 minutes 15 seconds)
Grade 3 2/4 March, 6/8 March, Strathspey/Reel (4 parts each, may be 4-parted or 2-parted music)
Grade 2 M/S/R, Hornpipe/Jig
Grade 1 M/S/R, Hornpipe/Jig
Professional M/S/R (submit 2), Hornpipe/Jig (submit 2)
Novice (non-sanctioned) March (non-sanctioned practice pad event, 2-parted march in any time signature, no piper required, pipe band association membership required)
Tenor Drumming: EUSPBA sanctioned this year!, Judge: Linda Hall
Level Events
Novice 4-part Quick March (2/4, 4/4 or 6/8), March Set
Amateur M/S/R, March Set
Professional M/S/R, Hornpipe/Jig
Beginner (non-sanctioned) March (non-sanctioned, any time signature, no pipe band association membership required)
Bass Drumming: EUSPBA sanctioned this year!, Judge: Linda Hall
Level Events
Novice 4-part Quick March (2/4, 4/4 or 6/8), March Set
Amateur M/S/R, Medley/March Set
Professional M/S/R, Hornpipe/Jig
Beginner (non-sanctioned) 4-part Quick March in 2/4, 4/4, or 6/8 (non-sanctioned, any time signature, no pipe band association membership required)
Questions? Email Andy Douglas at webmaster@cincypipesanddrums.org

Workshop (~1:45-4:00 PM)

Piping and drumming workshop sessions taught by the competition judges will follow the solo competitions in the afternoon. Session details will be posted when available.
Judge/Instructor Workshop Sessions
Light music Barry Conway TBA
Light music Clark Aberbrombie TBA
Piobaireachd Callum MacDonald TBA
Snare Jon Quigg Session details TBA
Tenor Linda Hall Session details TBA

Location (map)

Clarion Hotel – Cincinnati North
3855 Hauck Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45241
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