January 2020 AGM Report

The Northern Branch AGM was held Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco.

Northern Branch Officers Elected:
Vice President – Erin Berta
Secretary – Wes Weber

MODESTO MANSION – Unofficial Results

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Saturday, January 4, 2020
McHenry Mansion, Modesto, CA

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 Piping MSR – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 497 Joshua Agee
2. 1399 Malachi Johannsen

Grade 2 Piping Hornpipe/Jig – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 497 Joshua Agee

Grade 2 Piping 6/8 March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 497 Joshua Agee
2. 1399 Malachi Johannsen

Grade 3 Piping 2/4 March – 7 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 355 Bruce Locken
2. 009 Steven Coontz
3. 170 Daryl Turner
4. 479 Wesley Weber
5. 636 Zachary Arbios
6. 800 Gaelin Arbios

Grade 3 Piping Strathspey/Reel – 7 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 009 Steven Coontz
2. 636 Zachary Arbios
3. 355 Bruce Locken
4. 800 Gaelin Arbios
5. 479 Wesley Weber
6. 1894 George Macdonald

Grade 3 Piping Jig – 7 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 009 Steven Coontz
2. 170 Daryl Turner
3. 355 Bruce Locken
4. 636 Zachary Arbios
5. 479 Wesley Weber
6. 800 Gaelin Arbios

Grade 4 Piping 2/4 March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 715 Jason Hoffman
2. 072 Craig Farley

Grade 4 Piping Slow March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 715 Jason Hoffman
2. 072 Craig Farley

Grade 4 Piping 6/8 March – 1 Competitor
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 715 Jason Hoffman

*All results posted here are unofficial. Official results will be posted on the WUSPBA Results page after they have been reviewed and verified by the appropriate registrar. The Northern Branch is not responsible for any discrepancies.

2019 Northern Branch Champions

Grade 2 Band—Prince Charles Pipe Bandwuspbanblogo_textonly
Grade 3 Band—Silicon Valley Pipe Band
Grade 4 Band—Silicon Valley Pipe Band
Grade 5 Band—Jefferson Pipe Band
Open Piping & Piobaireachd—Erik Leiken
Grade 1 Piping & Piobaireachd—Adam Blaine
Grade 2 Piping—Kristopher Muse
Grade 3 Piping & Piobaireachd—Malachi Johannsen
Grade 4 Piping—Brian Schwartzberg
Grade 2 Piobaireachd—Matthew Anderson
Grade 4 Piobaireachd—Christina Shute
Grade 1 Side Drumming—Patrick Steuber
Grade 2 Side Drumming—Stuart McLean
Grade 3 Side Drumming—Dodger Posey
Grade 4 Side Drumming—Ethen Cubberly
Intermediate Bass Drumming—Jeff Gordon
Novice Bass Drumming—Gail Muldrow

Congratulations to all of our Branch Champions! Championship awards will be presented at the Awards Celebration on January 11, 2020.

2019 WUSPBA AGM Report

A few major highlights from this year’s WUSPBA AGM in Sacramento, California:

1) The new President of WUSPBA is Jeff Mann, and the new Band Registrar is Charlie Butterworth.

2) The Music Board will undertake to create a list of recommended tunes for Grade 4 piobaireachd. Competitors may consult this list to aid them in selecting a piobaireachd that is appropriate for their grade level. Use of this list will be optional.

3) Next year’s AGM will be hosted by the Southern Branch in Southern California.


Summary of the voting outcomes on all of the Contest Rule proposals*:

Contest Rule Proposals

CR1 – Juvenile Bands – PASSED
CR2 – Piobaireachd Grading – FAILED
CR3 – Piobaireachd Set Tunes – FAILED
CR4 – QMM Part Definition – FAILED
CR6 – Tune Reusage – PASSED (as amended)
CR7 – Sanction Midsection Competition – WITHDRAWN
CR8 – Alternate Grades on Contest Days – FAILED
CR9 – 6/8 March Requirements for Grades 1 & 2 – FAILED

*This is an unofficial report. The final language of each proposal and the official vote outcomes will be posted on the WUSPBA website.

TURLOCK – Unofficial Results

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock, CA

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 1 Piping MSR – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 2034 Abraham McCarty
2. 1521 Adam Blaine

Grade 1 Piping Hornpipe/Jig – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 1521 Adam Blaine
2. 2034 Abraham McCarty

Grade 1 Piping 6/8 March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 1521 Adam Blaine
2. 2034 Abraham McCarty

Grade 3 Piping 2/4 March – 7 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 170 Daryl Turner
3. 479 Wesley Weber
4. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang
5. 074 Randy Erickson
6. 636 Zachary Arbios

Grade 3 Piping Strathspey/Reel – 5 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 479 Wesley Weber
3. 074 Randy Erickson
4. 636 Zachary Arbios
5. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang

Grade 3 Piping Jig – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 170 Daryl Turner
3. 479 Wesley Weber
4. 636 Zachary Arbios
5. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang
6. 074 Randy Erickson

Grade 4 Piping 2/4 March – 5 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 715 Jason Hoffman
2. 1807 William Brown
3. 533 Christina Shute
4. 072 Craig Farley
5. 418 Charles Finster

Grade 4 Piping 6/8 March – 4 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 715 Jason Hoffman
2. 533 Christina Shute
3. 1982 Sue Kennedy
4. 1807 William Brown

Grade 4 Piping Slow March – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 715 Jason Hoffman
2. 533 Christina Shute
3. 072 Craig Farley
4. 1982 Sue Kennedy
5. 418 Charles Finster
6. 1807 William Brown

Grade 1 Piobaireachd – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 1521 Adam Blaine
2. 2034 Abraham McCarty

Grade 3 Piobaireachd – 4 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang
3. 170 Daryl Turner
4. 479 Wesley Weber

Grade 4 Piobaireachd – 3 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 533 Christina Shute
2. 1807 William Brown

*All results posted here are unofficial. Official results will be posted on the WUSPBA Results page after they have been reviewed and verified by the appropriate registrar. The Northern Branch is not responsible for any discrepancies.

ESCALON – Unofficial Results

Escalon Scottish Games
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Hogan Park, Escalon, CA

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 3 Piping 2/4 March – 5 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 355 Bruce Locken
2. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
3. 074 Randy Erickson

Grade 3 Piping Strathspey/Reel – 4 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 355 Bruce Locken
3. 636 Zachary Arbios
4. 074 Randy Erickson

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DIXON – Unofficial Results

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Local Option Events (not tracked)

Band Quartet: Grade 2 MSR
Adjudicators: Liz Tubbs (Piping), Darrell Calvillo (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)

Band Quartet: Grade 3 MSR
Adjudicators: Liz Tubbs (Piping), Darrell Calvillo (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)

Band Quartet: Grade 4 Mini MSR
Adjudicators: Liz Tubbs (Piping), Darrell Calvillo (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. MacIntosh Pipe Band A (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. MacIntosh Pipe Band B (2, 2, 2, 2)

Band Quartet: Grade 5 March Medley
Adjudicators: Liz Tubbs (Piping), Darrell Calvillo (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Prince Charles Junior Pipe Band (1, 1, 2, 1)
2. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Pipe Band (2, 2, 1, 2)

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CABOOSE – Unofficial Results

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Saturday, September 21, 2019
Tubbs Caboose, Herald, CA

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 Piping MSR – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Darrell Calvillo
1. 065 Kristopher Muse
2. 497 Joshua Agee

Grade 2 Piping Hornpipe/Jig – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Darrell Calvillo
1. 065 Kristopher Muse
2. 497 Joshua Agee

Grade 2 Piping 6/8 March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 065 Kristopher Muse
2. 497 Joshua Agee

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PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Sunday)

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Sunday, September 1, 2019
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Ken Eller (Piping), Alex MacIntyre (Piping), Ann Gray (Ensemble), Jim Sim (Drumming)
1. Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 2)
2. Prince Charles Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 1)
3. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (3, 3, 3, 3)

Grade 3 MSR
Adjudicators: Alex MacIntyre (Piping), Ken Eller (Piping), Ann Gray (Ensemble), Jim Sim (Drumming)
1. City of Sacramento Pipe Band (2, 2, 1, 1)
2. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (1, 1, 2, 3)
3. Macalester College Pipe Band (3, 3, 5, 2)
4. Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band (6, 6, 3, 5)†
5. St. Andrews Pipe Band of Winnipeg (5, 5, 4, 6)†
6. Phoenix Pipe Band (4, 4, 6, 7)
7. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (7, 7, 8, 4)
8. Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band (8, 8, 7, 8)

Grade 4 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Nat Russell (Piping), Andrew Lee (Piping), René Cusson (Ensemble), Eric MacNeill (Drumming)
1. Glendora High School Pipe Band (2, 1, 1, 1)
2. Utah Pipe Band (1, 2, 3, 4)
3. Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band (3, 3, 4, 3)
4. Long Beach Pipe Band (4, 4, 2, 7)
5. Sacramento Firefighters Pipes & Drums (5, 5, 5, 6)
6. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (6, 6, 7, 9)
7. Pacific Coast Highlanders Pipe Band (10, 10, 9, 2)†
8. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (8, 8, 10, 5)†
9. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (9, 9, 6, 8)†
10. MacIntosh Pipe Band (7, 7, 8, 10)†

Grade 5 March, Slow March, March
Adjudicators: Nat Russell (Piping), Andrew Lee (Piping), René Cusson (Ensemble), Eric MacNeill (Drumming)
1. Utah Pipe Band (1, 1, 2, 6)
2. Jefferson Pipe Band (2, 2, 4, 4)
3. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (5, 5, 1, 2)
4. Pipes and Drums of CAL FIRE Local 2881 (4, 4, 3, 3)
5. Macalester College Pipe Band (3, 3, 6, 5)
6. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Pipe Band (6, 6, 5, 1)

Tie broken by ensemble preference.

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PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Saturday)

Caledonian Club of San Francisco Scottish Highland GamesCaledonianClubSF
Saturday, August 31, 2019
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 MSR
Adjudicators: Andrew Lee (Piping), Nat Russell (Piping), René Cusson (Ensemble), Eric MacNeill (Drumming)
1. Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 2)
2. Prince Charles Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 1)
3. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (3, 3, 3, 3)

Grade 3 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Nat Russell (Piping), Andrew Lee (Piping), René Cusson (Ensemble), Eric MacNeill (Drumming)
1. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (1, 1, 1, 3)
2. Macalester College Pipe Band (3, 3, 2, 2)
3. Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band (2, 2, 3, 4)
4. City of Sacramento Pipe Band (4, 4, 4, 1)
5. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (5, 6, 5, 5)
6. Phoenix Pipe Band (6, 5, 6, 6)
7. St. Andrews Pipe Band of Winnipeg (7, 7, 7, 7)
8. Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band (8, 8, 8, 8)
9. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (9, 9, 9, 9)

Grade 4 MSR
Adjudicators: Alex MacIntyre (Piping), Ken Eller (Piping), Ann Gray (Ensemble), Jim Sim (Drumming)
1. Glendora High School Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Utah Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 3)
3. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (5, 4, 5, 2)
4. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (4, 3, 7, 5)
5. MacIntosh Pipe Band (6, 5, 6, 6)
6. Pacific Coast Highlanders Pipe Band (9, 9, 3, 4)
7. Long Beach Pipe Band (7, 7, 4, 7)
8. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (3, 6, 9, 8)
9. Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band (8, 8, 8, 9)

Grade 5 Quick March Medley
Adjudicators: Ken Eller (Piping), Alex MacIntyre (Piping), Ann Gray (Ensemble), Jim Sim (Drumming)
1. Jefferson Pipe Band (3, 1, 1, 5)
2. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (4, 3, 3, 1)
3. Utah Pipe Band (1, 2, 6, 3)
4. Pipes and Drums of CAL FIRE Local 2881 (2, 4, 2, 6)
5. Macalester College Pipe Band (5, 5, 4, 2)
6. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Pipe Band (6, 6, 5, 4)

Tie broken by ensemble preference.

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