Highland musicians excel at competition

22.11.2017

Cadets from 1st Battalion the Highlanders recently travelled to Edinburgh to take part in the Cadet Force Piping & Drumming Competitions. 

The day-long competition, held at the Army School of Bagpipe Music & Highland Drumming, is the culmination of the week-long October Piping & Drumming Course at Redford Barracks. The course attracts pipers and drummers of all levels and abilities from all of the cadet services across the UK, where they gather together for an intense week of practice and tuition.

It was a busy day for everyone to compete both individually and in group competitions, however, everyone performed expertly. The competition ended with the prizegiving in the evening which saw the cadets receive many awards and trophies, including Top Band and Best Drum Corp.

The Battalion Pipes & Drums (pictured above) returned home with fifteen individual trophies and medals.

The week-long course was not all teaching, with the cadets having some down time.

Cpl Stone and Sgt Cooper with their Tri-Service Sports Medals after winning the volleyball.

On the Wednesday half-day off the cadets visited the local sports centre, and representing their various units and cadet services, decided to hold a Tri-Service Volleyball Tournament.

Sgt Jordan Cooper (17), from Culloden Pipes & Drums Detachment, and Cpl Innes Stone (16), from Elgin Detachment, were selected to represent the battalion. As well as being excellent musicians they proved they are excellent sportsmen too by winning the competition and being awarded prestigious Tri-Service Sports of Scotland medals.

 

Results:

Competition

Name

Place

Piping

Novice Piobaireachd

Cpl Jamie Fraser

3rd

 

Cdt Calum MacMillan

1st

Open Piobaireachd

Sgt John McLaren

2nd

Open March, Strathspey & Reel

Sgt John McLaren

3rd

 

Cdt Callum Clark

2nd

Jig

Sgt John Mclaren

3rd

 

Cdt Callum Clark

1st

Intermediate Piping

Cdt Calum MacMillan

1st

Snare

Novice Snare

Cdt Samuel Bennet

1st

Intermediate Snare

LCpl Jamie Wallis

2nd

Open March, Strathspey & Reel

Sgt Jordan Cooper

3rd

Tenor

Open Tenor

LCpl Catherine MacNeill

3rd

 

Cdt Emma Lewis

2nd

 

CSgt Jodie Standen

1st

Drum Major

Top Student

Cpl Stephen Spencer

 

Pipe Band

Quartet

Quartet ‘A’

2nd

Top Band

1 Highlanders ACF

2nd

Cadet Calum MacMillan with his 1st place trophies in the Novice Piobaireachd and Intermediate Piping categories.



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