CHARLESTON — The St. Andrews University Pipe Band took home first place in the Grade III band contest, the first contest of the season, held recently at the Charleston Scottish Games.
“Overall I was very pleased with the performance of the band on this first outing,” said Pipe Major Bill Caudill. “Actually my goals were not on winning, but rather just pulling off a good performance. … Everyone was relaxed and did the best they could on the field on Saturday.”
Sophomore Stuart Marshall earned first places in Piobaireachd, March, and Strathspey and Reel in Heat A, giving him the overall win for Heat A with two “above grade level” designations from judges. Community band member Evan Johnson was third in Piobaireachd, second in March and fifth in Strathspey and Reel. Patrick Johnson, also a community band member, was fourth in March and fifth in Strathspey and Reel.
In Heat B, junior Dalton Marshall was first in March. Freshman Wyatt Brown was second in March and first in Strathspey and Reel, earning an above grade level from the judges in the latter. Freshman Joe Calvo was fourth in March and fifth in Strathspey and Reel.
In Amateur Grade IV Snare Drumming, freshman Regina Drake-Parguey was first in both Quick March Medley and 2/4 March, winning the overall trophy for that grade.
The band will play rivals the Atlanta Pipe Band, as well as the Greater Richmond Band, during the Scotland County Highland Games on Oct. 5. It will complete the fall competitive season on Oct. 19 at the Stone Mountain Games.
For information about the St. Andrews University Pipe Band, contact Caudill at 910-277-5236 or firstname.lastname@example.org.