Interim Northern Branch President

Craig Farley is the new Northern Branch President, effective immediately.

As the previous Northern Branch VP, Craig fills the vacancy left by the departure of the previous Northern Branch President, Suzan Karayel, who was elected to the position of WUSPBA Vice President at the WUSPBA AGM on October 27, 2018.

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2018 WUSPBA AGM Report

A few major highlights from this year’s WUSPBA AGM in Denver, Colorado:

1) The Music Board’s Education Committee has started a YouTube channel with informative videos designed to help individuals better navigate WUSPBA. There is educational material for competitors, for adjudicators, and for contest organizers.

2) Advance warning: the cutoff date to register for Pleasanton 2019 will be July 1, 2019. No late entries will be accepted. The 2019 contest will be held August 30 – September 1, 2019.

3) The new Vice President of WUSPBA is Suzan Karayel. Amara Reddick was re-elected Sanction Secretary, and Lezlie Mann was re-elected Solo Registrar.

4) Next year’s AGM will be hosted by the Northern Branch in Sacramento, California.


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

Bylaw Proposals

BL1 – Branch AGMs – PASSED
BL2 – Juvenile Band Definition – PASSED (as amended)
BL3 – Oustide Association Band Grading – PASSED
BL4 – Late Fee Exemption – PASSED
BL5 – Nonparticipation Rebate – PASSED (as amended)
BL6 – Suspension of Membership – FAILED
BL7 – Unsanctioned Contest Penalty – PASSED

Contest Rule Proposals

CR1 – Light Music and Piobaireachd Grades – PASSED
CR2 – Emergency Bass Drum Substitution – PASSED (as amended)
CR3 – Solo MSR Terminology – PASSED
CR4 – Games Sponsors Local Rules – FAILED
CR5 – Grade 5 and Juvenile Bands Restrictions – FAILED
CR6 – Good Standing and Inclusion – FAILED
CR7 – Eliminate MiniMSR and Add QMM – FAILED
CR8 – Instructor Policy Proposal – FAILED
CR9 – Dual Musicians – PASSED (as amended)
CR10 – Band MSR Clarification – PASSED
CR11 – Arrival at Starting Line – WITHDRAWN
CR12 – Drumming Accompaniment Revision – PASSED
CR13 – Midsection Competition – PASSED (as amended)

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

DIXON – Unofficial Results

Dixon Scottish Highland GamesDixonScottish
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Dixon Fairgrounds, Dixon, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Local Option Events (not tracked)

Band Quartet: Grade 4
Adjudicators: Liz Tubbs (Piping), Jan Richey (Piping), Ken Sutherland (Ensemble), Liza McAdam (Drumming)
1. “The Hippies” (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. “Dunvegan’s Revenge” (2, 2, 2, 2)
3. “Stewart Tar-tan” (3, 3, 3, 3)

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 Piping MSR – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 497 Joshua Agee
2. 192 Matthew Anderson

Grade 2 Piping Hornpipe/Jig – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 497 Joshua Agee
2. 192 Matthew Anderson

Grade 3 Piping 2/4 March – 9 Competitors
Adjudicator: Jan Richey
1. 1788 Sean McRoberts
2. 1295 Colin Speed
3. 532 Stephen Beitzel
4. 672 Mitchell Ambre
5. 355 Bruce Locken
6. 170 Daryl Turner

Grade 3 Piping Jig – 8 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 1295 Colin Speed
2. 1788 Sean McRoberts
3. 758 Tomio Endo
4. 532 Stephen Beitzel
5. 355 Bruce Locken
6. 672 Mitchell Ambre

Grade 3 Piping 6/8 March – 8 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1788 Sean McRoberts
2. 532 Stephen Beitzel
3. 1295 Colin Speed
4. 672 Mitchell Ambre
5. 152 Aeron Danann
6. 355 Bruce Locken

Grade 4 Piping 2/4 March – 15 Competitors
Adjudicator: Jan Richey
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 1734 Connor Studulski
3. 1847 Alex Chan
4. 669 Andrew Murphey
5. 1874 Colin Thurber
6. 872 Neil Henderson

Grade 4 Piping Slow March – 15 Competitors
Adjudicator: Liz Tubbs
1. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
2. 1596 Robert Buck
3. 633 Christine Yamate
4. 636 Zachary Arbios
5. 1825 Olivia Siemer
6. 072 Craig Farley

Grade 4 Piping 6/8 March – 11 Competitors
Adjudicator: Ken Sutherland
1. 1734 Connor Studulski
2. 1399 Malachi Johannsen
3. 1825 Olivia Siemer
4. 1596 Robert Buck
5. 669 Andrew Murphey
6. 435 Melody Farquhar-Chang

Grade 2 Snare Drumming MSR
Adjudicator: Liza McAdam
1. 679 Brett Speed

Grade 4 Snare Drumming 2/4 March
Adjudicator: Liza McAdam
1. 784 William MacDougall
2. 1511 Stuart Cornelius
3. 1733 Aidan Studulski

Grade 4 Snare Drumming 6/8 March
Adjudicator: Liza McAdam
1. 784 William MacDougall
2. 1511 Stuart Cornelius

*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.

PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Sunday)

Caledonian Club of San Francisco Scottish Highland GamesCaledonianClubSF
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: June Hanley (Piping), Alan Walters (Piping), David Hilder (Ensemble), Duncan Millar (Drumming)
1. Winnipeg Police Pipe Band (1, 2, 1, 2)
2. North Stratton Pipe Band (3, 3, 2, 1)
3. Great Lakes Pipe Band (2, 1, 4, 4)
4. Portland Metro Pipe Band (7, 6, 3, 3)
5. Prince Charles Pipe Band (4, 4, 7, 5)
6. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (6, 7, 6, 8)
7. Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (8, 8, 8, 6)

Grade 3 MSR
Adjudicators: Donald MacPhee (Piping), Hal Senyk (Piping), Shaunna Hilder (Ensemble), John Fisher (Drumming)
1. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (2, 1, 1, 1)
2. Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band (1, 2, 2, 3)
3. Macalester College Pipe Band (3, 4, 5, 2)
4. Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band (4, 5, 3, 4)
5. House of Scotland Pipe Band (5, 3, 4, 5)
6. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (6, 6, 6, 6)

Grade 4 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Donald MacPhee (Piping), Hal Senyk (Piping), Shaunna Hilder (Ensemble), John Fisher (Drumming)
1. Glendora High School Pipe Band (2, 3, 3, 1)
2. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (1, 4, 4, 3)
3. Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band (4, 2, 1, 6)
4. Long Beach Pipe Band (3, 1, 2, 9)
5. Sacramento Firefighters Pipes & Drums (6, 5, 8, 4)
6. Utah Pipe Band (5, 10, 5, 5)
7. Pacific Coast Highlanders Pipe Band (10, 7, 9, 2)
8. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (7, 8, 6, 8)
9. Denver & District Pipe Band (9, 6, 10, 7)
10. Prince Charles Pipe Band (8, 9, 7, 10)

Grade 5 March, Slow March, March
Adjudicators: Alan Walters (Piping), June Hanley (Piping), David Hilder (Ensemble), Duncan Millar (Drumming)
1. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (1, 1, 3, 2)
2. Jefferson Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 5)
3. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (8, 6, 1, 1)
4. House of Scotland Pipe Band (4, 3, 4, 7)
5. Macalester College Pipe Band (5, 5, 6, 3)
6. Utah Pipe Band (6, 7, 5, 4)†
7. University of California Riverside Pipe Band (3, 4, 7, 8)†
8. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (7, 8, 8, 6)

Tie broken by ensemble preference.

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 Piping MSR
Adjudicator: Alan Walters
Results not available at the time of this posting.

Grade 2 Piping Hornpipe/Jig – 12 Competitors
Adjudicator: Donald MacPhee
1. 1450 Christopher Boyles
2. 019 Erik Abbott
3. 1824 Meredith Richmond
4. 1859 Benjamin Elliot
5. 836 David Franklin
6. 1822 Tak Tang

Grade 2 Piping 6/8 March – 12 Competitors
Adjudicator: Hal Senyk
1. 1859 Benjamin Elliot
2. 019 Erik Abbott
3. 1690 Anne Gallo
4. 1824 Meredith Richmond
5. 192 Matthew Anderson
6. 778 Linda Robertson

Grade 3 Piping 2/4 March (Group A) – 14 Competitors
Adjudicator: David Hilder
1. 632 Kariann Hibbard
2. 1295 Colin Speed
3. 730 Alan Wood
4. 009 Steven Coontz
5. 263 Donald Saraceno
6. 261 Becky Saraceno

Grade 3 Piping Strathspey/Reel (Group A) – 13 Competitors
Adjudicator: June Hanley
1. 958 Stephanie Trudeau
2. 1295 Colin Speed
3. 632 Kariann Hibbard
4. 261 Becky Saraceno
5. 532 Stephen Beitzel
6. 730 Alan Wood

Grade 3 Piping Jig (Group A) – 13 Competitors
Adjudicator: Shaunna Hilder
1. 1295 Colin Speed
2. 261 Becky Saraceno
3. 643 Vincent Guinnane
4. 632 Kariann Hibbard
5. 263 Donald Saraceno
6. 760 John Tompkins

Grade 3 Piping 2/4 March (Group B) – 12 Competitors
Adjudicator: Shaunna Hilder
1. 1459 Kirsten White
2. 152 Aeron Danann
3. 1788 Sean McRoberts
4. 1464 Thomas Johnson
5. 474 Karen McIlvena
6. 774 Carrie Wigham

Grade 3 Piping Strathspey/Reel (Group B)
Adjudicator: David Hilder
Results not available at the time of this posting.

Grade 3 Piping Jig (Group B) – 11 Competitors
Adjudicator: June Hanley
1. 474 Karen McIlvena
2. 1788 Sean McRoberts
3. 1316 David DeBroux
4. 1459 Kirsten White
5. 1464 Thomas Johnson
6. 672 Mitchell Ambre

Grade 2 Snare Drumming MSR – 4 Competitors
Adjudicator: John Fisher
1. 1336 Raymond Marshall
2. 1219 Drew McPheeters
3. 481 Andrew Koupal
4. 679 Brett Speed

Grade 3 Snare Drumming 2/4 March – 3 Competitors
Adjudicator: Duncan Millar
1. 1460 Manuel Acosta
2. 1862 Alec Lindsey
3. 647 Zachary Lees

Novice Tenor Drumming 2/4 March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Duncan Millar
1. 267 Carsun Epps
2. 1645 Rebecca Sanchez

Open Bass Drumming MSR – 1 Competitor
Adjudicator: Duncan Millar
1. 085 Melissa Slagter

Intermediate Bass Drumming MSR – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: Duncan Millar
1. 1294 Marie Rude
2. 215 Vivian McAllister

Novice Bass Drumming March – 2 Competitors
Adjudicator: John Fisher
1. 186 Brendan O’Leary
2. 1240 Steve Shoemaker

*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.

PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Saturday)

Caledonian Club of San Francisco Scottish Highland GamesCaledonianClubSF
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 2 MSR
Adjudicators: Donald MacPhee (Piping), Shaunna Hilder (Piping), Hal Senyk (Ensemble), John Fisher (Drumming)
1. Great Lakes Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 3)
2. Portland Metro Pipe Band (5, 2, 2, 4)
3. North Stratton Pipe Band (3, 4, 5, 2)
4. Winnipeg Police Pipe Band (2, 5, 7, 1)
5. Prince Charles Pipe Band (4, 3, 4, 5)
6. Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band (7, 7, 3, 6)
7. Atlanta Pipe Band (6, 6, 6, 7)
8. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (8, 8, 8, 8)

Grade 3 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: David Hilder (Piping), Alan Walters (Piping), June Hanley (Ensemble), Duncan Millar (Drumming)
1. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Kevin R. Blandford Memorial Pipe Band (3, 3, 2, 5)†
3. Greighlan Crossing Pipe Band (2, 4, 4, 3)†
4. Macalester College Pipe Band (4, 2, 5, 2)†
5. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (6, 6, 3, 4)
6. House of Scotland Pipe Band (5, 5, 6, 6)

Grade 4 Mini MSR
Adjudicators: David Hilder (Piping), Alan Walters (Piping), June Hanley (Ensemble), Duncan Millar (Drumming)
1. Glendora High School Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 1)
2. Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band (3, 3, 3, 3)
3. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (4, 6, 1, 2)
4. Long Beach Pipe Band (1, 1, 8, 7)
5. Wasatch & District Pipe Band (6, 5, 4, 6)
6. Pacific Coast Highlanders Pipe Band (7, 10, 5, 4)
7. Denver & District Pipe Band (9, 8, 7, 5)
8. Utah Pipe Band (5, 11, 6, 9)
9. Prince Charles Pipe Band (8, 7, 9, 10)
10. MacIntosh Pipe Band (10, 4, 11, 11)
11. Sacramento Firefighters Pipes & Drums (11, 9, 10, 8)

Grade 5 Quick March Medley – corrected 9/5/18
Adjudicators: Donald MacPhee (Piping), Hal Senyk (Piping), Shaunna Hilder (Ensemble), John Fisher (Drumming)
1. University of California Riverside Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 2)†
2. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (1, 1, 3, 3)†
3. Pasadena Scottish Pipes & Drums (3, 4, 1, 1)
4. Jefferson Pipe Band (5, 7, 4, 5)†
5. House of Scotland Pipe Band (4, 3, 5, 9)†
6. Macalester College Pipe Band (6, 8, 6, 8)†
7. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (9, 6, 7, 6)†
8. Utah Pipe Band (8, 5, 8, 7)†
9. Emerald Society Pipe Band of Ripon (7, 9, 9, 4)

Tie broken by ensemble preference.

Solo Results (Unofficial*) Continue reading “PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Saturday)”

PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Friday)

Caledonian Club of San Francisco Scottish Highland GamesCaledonianClubSF
Friday, August 31, 2018
San Ramon Marriott Hotel, San Ramon, CA

Solo Results (Unofficial*)

Open Piping MSR – 7 Competitors
Adjudicator: Donald MacPhee
1. 1552 John Lee
2. 1706 Laureano Thomas Sanchez
3. 689 Kenneth Sutherland
4. 030 Erik Leiken
5. 1837 Andrew Lewis
6. 511 Kyle Rothschild-Mancinelli

Open Piping Hornpipe/Jig – 7 Competitors
Adjudicator: Alan Walters
1. 1837 Andrew Lewis
2. 1706 Laureano Thomas Sanchez
3. 1552 John Lee
4. 030 Erik Leiken
5. 511 Kyle Rothschild-Mancinelli
6. 1242 Lance Dorris

Open Piobaireachd – 8 Competitors
Adjudicator: Hal Senyk
1. 1837 Andrew Lewis
2. 1552 John Lee
3. 1706 Laureano Thomas Sanchez
4. 030 Erik Leiken
5. 1242 Lance Dorris
6. 382 Robert Burns

Continue reading “PLEASANTON – Unofficial Results (Friday)”

MONTEREY – Unofficial Results (Sunday)

Monterey Scottish GamesMontereyScottishSociety
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Mini MSR
Adjudicators: Campbell Naismith (Piping x2), Glen Thompson (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. MacIntosh Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 2)

Grade 5 March, Slow March, March
Adjudicators: Campbell Naismith (Piping x2), Glen Thompson (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 3)
3. Emerald Society Pipe Band of Ripon (3, 3, 3, 2)

Solo Results (Unofficial*) Continue reading “MONTEREY – Unofficial Results (Sunday)”

MONTEREY – Unofficial Results (Saturday)

Monterey Scottish GamesMontereyScottishSociety
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Monterey County Fairgrounds, Monterey, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Glen Thompson (Piping x2), Campbell Naismith (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Prince Charles Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 2)

Grade 5 Quick March Medley
Adjudicators: Glen Thompson (Piping x2), Campbell Naismith (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Emerald Society Pipe Band of Ripon (2, 2, 2, 2)
3. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (3, 3, 3, 3)

Solo Results (Unofficial*) Continue reading “MONTEREY – Unofficial Results (Saturday)”

PLYMOUTH – Unofficial Results (Sunday)

Mother Lode Highland GamesMotherLodeGames
Sunday, June 10, 2018
Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Time Limit Medley
Adjudicators: Seumas Coyne (Piping), Ryan Murray (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Sacramento Firefighters Pipes & Drums (2, 2, 2, 2)

Grade 5 March, Slow March, March
Adjudicators: Seumas Coyne (Piping), Ryan Murray (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (3, 1, 1, 1)
2. Jefferson Pipe Band (1, 3, 2, 2)
3. Emerald Society Pipe Band of Ripon (2, 2, 3, 3)
4. Kern County Pipe Band (4, 4, 4, 4)

Solo Results (Unofficial*) Continue reading “PLYMOUTH – Unofficial Results (Sunday)”

PLYMOUTH – Unofficial Results (Saturday)

Mother Lode Highland GamesMotherLodeGames
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Amador County Fairgrounds, Plymouth, CA

Band Results (Unofficial*)

Grade 4 Mini MSR
Adjudicators: Seumas Coyne (Piping), Ryan Murray (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Silicon Valley Pipe Band (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Sacramento Firefighters Pipes & Drums (2, 2, 2, 2)

Grade 5 Quick March Medley
Adjudicators: Seumas Coyne (Piping), Ryan Murray (Piping), David McAdam (Ensemble), Duncan McPherson (Drumming)
1. Irish Pipers Band of San Francisco (1, 1, 1, 1)
2. Jefferson Pipe Band (2, 2, 2, 2)
3. Emerald Society Pipe Band of Ripon (3, 3, 3, 3)
4. Kern County Pipe Band (4, 4, 4, 4)

Solo Results (Unofficial*) Continue reading “PLYMOUTH – Unofficial Results (Saturday)”