Wisehart Overall Champion at Back Bay Solo Contest

Thanks to Adam Holdaway of the Stuart Highlanders Pipe Band for sending along these results from the first ever Back Bay Solo Contest:

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This was a great contest to judge- Kudos to John Daggett for running this first annual event. With an attentive and experianced (seemingly) volunteer staff, which were great to deal with; this event began on time and stayed that way throughout the day.

Grade 1 Light music review- This was a contest where, for the most part, each competitor played (technically) about the same. Not much talk was attributed to gracenoting errors, or wrong notes in general. Main critique came down to musicality and bagpipe sound. Wisehart, the overall grade 1 winner had not only good technique (as did the other players) but the best feel for the music and a superior bagpipe, whose drones filled the room ( a circular confrence room with high ceilings and a panoramic view of downtown Boston- Very nice room to listen in! ) with an awesome presence. This was the closest contest of the day. If the grade 1 solo scene continues on like this, we’re in for quite a battle royal this year!

Grade 1 – Overall Champion: Kevin Wisehart – Receives an African Blackwood Peter Henderson Chanter donated by Henderson Imports
Piobaireachd (Judge L. Webster)- Elliot Smith – Receives Sterling Silver Sghian Dubh donated by Ian Sherwood of Cullien Craft
2) Dan Pisolowski
3) Kevin Wisehart
4) Nate Wahlgren
M/S/R (Judge A. Holdaway) – Kevin Wisehart – Receives Gift Certificate for Bagpipe Bag Cover donated by TRUFIT Bagpipe Covers
2) Elliot Smith
3) Dan Pisolowski
4) Nate Wahlgren
6/8 March (Judge A. Holdaway) – Kevin Wisehart- Receives $50.00 Gift Certificate to www.pipetunes.ca (Donated by Jim McGillivray)
2) Nate Wahlgren
3) Dan Pisolowski
4) Elliot Smith 

Grade 2 Overall Champion: Kirk Brunson – Receives Alastair Gillies Autographed CD from bagpipediscs.com, and Highland Express Gift Card from highlandxpress.com
Piobaireachd (Judge P. Kent) – John Pasteone – Receives Ghillators Ghille Brogue Gift Certificate from www.ghillators.com
2) Kirk Brunson
3) Alec McGovern
4) Alex Ross
M/S/R  (Judge A. Holdaway)– Kirk Brunson – Receives Gift Certificate for Bagpipe Bag Cover donated by TRUFIT Bagpipe Covers
2) James Lee
3) Dan Mancuso
4) John Pastrone

Grade 3 Overall Champion: Campbell Webster – Receives Deluxe Practice Chanter Donated by Dunbar Bagpipes
Piobaireachd (Judge P. Kent)– Campbell Webster – Receives Gift Certificate for Bagpipe Bag Cover donated by TRUFIT Bagpipe Covers
2) Martha Campbell
3) Etan Mattor
4) Mike Capone

2/4 March (Judge A. Holdaway) – Campbell Webster – Receives Rythmic Fingerwork Book donated by Jim McGillivray
2) Kevin Eagan
3) Eryk Bean
4) Etan Mattor
Strathspey/Reel (Judge P. Kent)– Campbell Webster – Receives Pipeline Bagpipes Flexistick
2) Kevin Eagan
3) Andrew Bower
4) Martha Campbell

Grade 4 SR – Overall Champion: Tim McMaster – Receives Gift Certificate for Bagpipe Bag Cover donated by TRUFIT Bagpipe Covers
Grade 4 SR A – 2/4 March (Judge L. Webster)Jane Dunworth- Baker – Receives balance Tone Drone  Reeds donated by www.scottishmelodies.com
2) William Jamieson
3) Frank Toscanni
4) David West

Grade 4SR A – Piob (Judge P. Kent) – Bruce Landay – Receives Northern Meeting Autographed CD Donated by bagpipediscs.com
2) Frank Toscani
3) Janie Vancous
4) Jane Dunworth-Baker
Grade 4SR B – 2/4 March  (Judge A. Holdaway)– Tim McMaster – Receives Bill Livingston Music Book donated by Chris Hamilton
2) Robbie Robertson
3) Douglas Moffat
4) Billy McCallum
Grade 4SR B – Piob (Judge L. Webster)– Tim McMaster – Receives Rythmic Fingerwork Book donated by Jim McGillivray
2) Peter Lockwood
3) Peter Gordon
4) Billy McCallum

Grade 4 JR – Overall Champion: Kane McManus – Receives World Pipe Band Champtionship DVD Donated by the Piper’s Hut
Grade 4 JR Piob (Judge L. Webster) – Jacob Henderson – Receives John Bottomly Autographed CD
2) Kane McManus
3) Theodore MacPhail
4) Ryan Gilliland
Grade 4 2/4 March (Judge A. Holdaway) – Kane McManus – Receives Balance Tone Drone Reeds donated by www.scottishmelodies.com
2) Theodore MacPhail
3) Jacob Henderson
4) Ryan Gilliland

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