2016 Northern Branch Champions

Grade 2 Band—Prince Charles Pipe Band
Grade 4 Band—Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco
Grade 5 Band—Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco
Open Piping & Piobaireachd—Erik Leiken
Grade 1 Piping—Brian Cooper
Grade 2 Piping & Piobaireachd—Charles Martin
Grade 3 Piping—Vincent Guinnane
Grade 4 Piping—Colin Speed
Grade 3 Piobaireachd—Donald Saraceno
Grade 4 Piobaireachd—Daryl Turner
Grade 2 Side Drumming—Andrew Koupal
Grade 3 Side Drumming—Brett Speed
Grade 4 Side Drumming—Dodger Posey
Grade 4 Tenor Drumming—Yohannah McNee
Amateur Bass Drumming—Marie Rude

Congratulations to all of our Branch Champions! Championship awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

MODESTO MANSION – Unofficial Results

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Saturday, January 14, 2017
McHenry Mansion, Modesto, CA

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 Piping MSR – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1521 Adam Blaine
2. 497 Joshua Agee

Grade 2 Piping Hornpipe/Jig – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1521 Adam Blaine
2. 497 Joshua Agee

Grade 2 Piping 6/8 March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 497 Joshua Agee
2. 1521 Adam Blaine

Grade 3 Piping 2/4 March – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 074 Randy Erickson
2. 1295 Colin Speed
3. 009 Steven Coontz
4. 129 Robyn Morgan
5. 800 Gaelin Arbios
6. 643 Vincent Guinnane

Grade 3 Piping Strathspey/Reel – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1295 Colin Speed
2. 643 Vincent Guinnane
3. 800 Gaelin Arbios
4. 129 Robyn Morgan
5. 009 Steven Coontz
6. 074 Randy Erickson

Grade 3 Piping Jig – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 643 Vincent Guinnane
2. 129 Robyn Morgan
3. 800 Gaelin Arbios
4. 1295 Colin Speed
5. 074 Randy Erickson
6. 009 Steven Coontz

Grade 4 Piping 2/4 March – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang
2. 479 Wes Weber
3. 170 Daryl Turner
4. 599 Elisha Akard
5. 636 Zack Arbios
6. 715 Jason Hoffman

Grade 4 Piping 6/8 March – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang
2. 715 Jason Hoffman
3. 599 Elisha Akard
4. 479 Wes Weber
5. 170 Daryl Turner
6. 636 Zack Arbios

Grade 4 Piping Slow March – 6 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 479 Wes Weber
2. 170 Daryl Turner
3. 636 Zack Arbios
4. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang
5. 599 Elisha Akard
6. 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.

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2016 WUSPBA AGM Report

A few major highlights from this year’s WUSPBA AGM in Park City, Utah:

1) The following WUSPBA bands have been upgraded for 2017:

Las Vegas Pipe Band – upgraded to Grade 4
Prince Charles Pipe Band 5 – upgraded to Grade 4
Phoenix Pipe Band – upgraded to Grade 3
Cameron Highlanders 3 – upgraded to Grade 2

2) The Southern Branch has been split into two branches: the Southern California Branch and the Desert Branch, a new branch that encompasses all of Arizona and the Las Vegas area of Nevada.

3) Drum Major competitions are now organized into three (3) grades: Adult Open, Adult Intermediate, and Juvenile.

4) Solo Tenor drumming is now organized into three (3) grades: Open, Intermediate, and Novice.


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

Bylaws Proposals

Branch Financial Support – FAILED
Reciprocity Limits – PASSED
Pacific Coast Branch – WITHDRAWN
Creation of New Branch – PASSED (as amended)

Contest Rule Proposals

Add Third Drum Major Class – PASSED (as amended)
Aggregate Drum Major Points – PASSED
Massed Bands Minimum Representation – WITHDRAWN
Massed Bands Time Limit – tabled
Massed Bands Tunes and L/D Designation – PASSED (as amended)
Additional Clarifying Wording on MMSR – PASSED
Band Performance and Formations – PASSED
Calculation of Solo Aggregate Points – PASSED (as amended)
Changes to Band Order of Play – PASSED (as amended)
Band Contests and Order of Play – PASSED in part; FAILED in part
Solo Bass Drumming Terminology – PASSED
Solo Tenor Drumming Back to Three Grades – PASSED
Late to the Line Clarifying Wording – WITHDRAWN
Solo Grading Process Change – FAILED

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

RENO – Unofficial Results (Bands)

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Saturday, 10/1/2016
Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno, NV

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Campbell Naismith (Piping), Jeff Anderson (Piping), Liza McAdam (Ensemble), David McAdam (Drumming)
1. Stewart Tartan Pipes & Drums (2, 2, 1, 1)
2. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (1, 1, 3, 2)
3. Jefferson Pipe Band (3, 3, 2, 3)

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