A first of it's kind mobile mini-band major online mini-band competition was held in the United Sates, attracting 21 separate bands from across country in an event sponsored by the Wake and District pipe band. Champions were crowned from a variety of organizations with no overall champion of champion. This was a non-sanctioned contest, free of charge and open to any band in the States.
"We were so excited to be putting the uniform on again, it’s been a long 9 months without playing," said Don Shannon of the North Texas Caledonian Pipe Band. "Thanks again for putting this on, we all needed it."
The contest was adjudicated by the gents from PLAY FOR SHEETS - which included Blair Brown, Cameron Drummond, Steven McWhirter and Glenn Brown. Each judged assessed prerecorded video performances from piping and drumming perspectives. "All the guys are pretty surprised at the decent standard," said Cameron Drummond.
This event was the only of it's kind for bands in the United States during a shuttered band season, providing bands a reason to come together and perform, "It was good to have something to work towards," said Tracy Wilson of the Knoxville Pipe Band. Knoxville went on to be crowned champions for their Grade 4 Medley submission,
Champions were announced during a live-stream conducted on social media, with results read by the legend, Mr. Rab Lennox of The Big Rab Show.
Grade 4 Medley
1st Knoxville Pipes and Drums
2nd Rosie O'Grady Highlanders Pipes and Drums (A)
3rd Rosie O'Grady Highlander Pipers and Drums (B)
4th Charleston Pipe Band
Grade 4 MSR
1st Rosie O'Grady Highlanders Pipes and Drums (A)
2nd North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums
3rd Las Vegas Pipe Band
4th Rosie O'Grady Highlanders Pipes and Drums (B)
G5 Quick March Medley
1st City of Memphis Pipe Band
2nd South Park and District Pipe Band
3rd Wake and District
4th North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums (A)
Service Band Honors Set
1st North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums (B) Oklahoma Chapter
2nd North Texas Caledonian Pipes and Drums (A) First Responders
3rd Shelby County Sheriff's Office (TN) Pipes and Drums
Thank you to all of the bands who made the moment. While we may not all be in the same boat, we are all in the same storm. We will meet again. - Joe Brady