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GMHG Piping & Drumming

Piping and Drumming

Just as the invading Roman legions brought bagpipes to Scotland, the sound of the pipes will invade MacRae Meadows here at the Grandfather Mountain Highland games!

There are many opportunities to see piping and drumming throughout the weekend. We are proud to hold piping and drumming events sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association. Players come from all over the world to compete in different levels ranging from beginners to professionals. These events take place all day Saturday on the east field, the Alex Beaton Stage, and on the hill behind the Alex Beaton stage. Be sure to bring your blanket and settle in on the mountainside to be entertained.

On Sunday afternoon, we host a quartet competition where 4 pipers play up to 2 different sets of music. One is a traditional March, Strathspey, and Reel and the other is a medley arranged by each group and contains different styles of marches and dance music.

If you enjoy the whole band sound, you can watch the Drum Major lead the Massed Bands in a parade around the track on Saturday morning for opening ceremonies and again on Sunday for the Parade of Tartans. Individual bands will be playing periodically around the clan tents throughout the weekend.

We look forward to seeing you on the Meadows this summer.

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GMHG is proud to sponsor

The 2022 Grandfather Mountain Dunvegan Quaich

The Grandfather Mountain Dunvegan Quaich is a premier qualifying piping event with the winner receiving a competition spot and travel stipend to attend An Crios Greine, an invitational piping competition, being held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, 600 N Lake Destiny Road, Maitland FL where some of the world’s top pipers will be competing in Piobaireachd and Open Medley events. All Open Piping competitors will be eligible to compete for this award.

The Grandfather Mountain Dunvegan Quaich is named in honor of Agnes MacRae Morton, founder of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.  Morag of Dunvegan was one of her favorite pipe tunes.  As such, the Games is proud to sponsor the Open (Professional) Piper of the Day to be part of An Crios Greine.  Be sure to come and listen to some of the finest piping in the Carolinas on Saturday afternoon July 9, 2022.

2022 Registration

Piping and Drumming Registration is open! 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFORMATION

NEW IN 2022! Each person in your family/party (even children) will need to purchase a ticket to the GMHG. After registering for the piping/drumming competition, you will receive an invoice from GMHG office to pay for the tickets not including included in the competition registration. 

 Registration will close at midnight on June 8, 2022.

  • There will be NO FIELD ENTRIES THIS YEAR FOR ANY EVENTS.  
  • Piping & Drumming SCHEDULE will be posted one week before the games. In case of conflicts, you will be asked to speak with your steward on the day of the event.  
  • Please note the 50 and over piping and quartet events, which have been unsanctioned in the past, are now sanctioned and follow EUSPBA sanctioning rules. 

2022 Prizes

Open Piping

Piobaireachd $250 First $150 Second $100 Third $50 Fourth

MSR $250 First $150 Second $100 Third $50 Fourth

6/8 March $125 First $75 Second $50 Third $25 Fourth

Hornpipe & Jig $125 First $75 Second $50 Third $25 Fourth

Open Snare

MSR $125 First $100 Second $75 Third

Hornpipe & Jig $50 First  $35 Second $25 Third

Open Tenor

MSR $50 First $35 Second $25 Third

Open Bass

MSR $50 First $35 Second $25 Third

Quartets

Medley $300 First $250 Second $200 Third

MSR $300 First $250 Second $200 Third

March Set $250 First $200 Second $175 Third

Amateur Events: 

Medals will be awarded for 1st-3rd place

2022 Judges

Piping:

Greg Abbott, Jim Dillahey, Nick Hudson, Ed Krintz, Dan Lyden, Joyce McIntosh, Lyric Todkill, June Hanley

Snare Drumming:

 Jon Quigg

Tenor and Bass Drumming: 

Sally Warburton

2022 Events

2022 Piping and Drumming Events

 

OPEN PIPING

Piobaireachd

MSR

6/8 March

Hornpipe/Jig

 

GRADE 1 PIPING

Piobaireachd

MSR

6/8 March

Hornpipe/Jig

 

GRADE 2 PIPING

Piobaireachd

2/4 March

Strathspey/Reel

6/8 March

Hornpipe/Jig

 

GRADE 3 PIPING

Piobaireachd

2/4 March

Strathspey/Reel

6/8 March 

Jig

 

GRADE 4 SR PIPING (18 AND OVER)

Piobaireachd (full tune)

2/4 March

 

GRADE 4 JR PIPING (17 AND UNDER)

Piobaireachd (full tune)

2/4 March

6/8 March

 

GRADE 5 PIPING

Piobaireachd (ground only)

March (two parts of 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4)

 

OVER 50 PIPING

Piobaireachd (full tune)

2/4 March

Strathspey/Reel

NOVICE  PRACTICE CHANTER (UNSANCTIONED - MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED)

One 4-parted or two different 2-parted marches 2/4, 4/4, or 6/8

OPEN SNARE

MSR

Hornpipe/Jig

 

GRADE 1 SNARE 

MSR

Hornpipe/Jig

6/8 March

 

GRADE 2 SNARE 

MSR 

Hornpipe/Jig

6/8 March

 

GRADE 3 SNARE

2/4 March 

Strathspey/Reel

6/8 March

March Set

 

GRADE 4 SR SNARE (18 AND OVER) 

4 parts of March any time signature

March Set

 

JOHN MURRAY JUVENILE SNARE (17 AND UNDER) 

4 parts of March any time signature

March Set

 

GRADE 5 SNARE

March (2 parts of March 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4)

 

NOVICE PRACTICE PAD (UNSANCTIONED - MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED)

March (2 parts of March 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4)

OPEN TENOR

MSR

 

GRADE 1 TENOR 

MSR

GRADE 2 TENOR

MSR

 

GRADE 3 TENOR 

2/4 March

 

GRADE 4 TENOR 

March Set

 

OPEN BASS

MSR

 

GRADE 1 BASS

MSR

 

GRADE 2 BASS

MSR 

 

GRADE 3 BASS 

2/4 March

 

GRADE 4 BASS

March Set

UNSANCTIONED (You may enter up to 2 quartet events)

QUARTET 

Medley (3-7 minutes)

 

QUARTET 

MSR

 

QUARTET 

March Set (6 to 8 parts, simple time, no time limit)

Contact

Cecilia Higgins
EMAIL

 

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EUSPBA REGULATIONS

By registering for a piping or drumming competition at GMHG you agree to the EUSPBA regulations as stated below:

1. All events will be conducted in accordance with the rules of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association.   2. No person may compete unless they are in appropriate Highland Dress.   3. A competitor must be ready when called to complete or they will be disqualified.  Scheduled times are always approximate.      See your steward.   4. Decisions by the Director, Piping Committee, and Judges are final.   5. The Committee reserves the right to disqualify any competitor guilty of misconduct.   6. Each drumming contestant must furnish their own accompanist.   7. NO FIELD ENTRIES.

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