ANDREW Carlisle swept to another victory last Saturday when he won the senior piping competition at the 20th Cullybackey Piping and Drumming Championships.
He was joined in his victory by fellow pipers of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band Jonathan Greenlees and Ashley McMichael who took second and third respectively.
Philip Bell also of Field Marshal won the senior drumming title with Gavin Noade in runner up place and William Glenholmes from Cullybackey taking the third spot.
Cullybackey drummers dominated the junior grade by winning all three places. Jonathan Hoy was first Aaron McLean second and Jason Hoy third. Conor McCallion from Ballinderry Bridge was first in the intermediate section and Jonathan Lamberton first in the junior piping grade.
Senior Piping - 1st. Andrew Carlisle. 2nd. Jonathan Greenlees. 3rd. Ashley McMichael.
Intermediate - 1st. Conor McCallion. 2nd. Andrew Shilliday. 3rd. Kevin Rogers.
Junior - 1st. Jonathan Lamberton. 2nd. P.Tasker. 3rd. B. Reynolds.
Under 16 piping - 1st. G.Harris. 2nd. A.Glenholmes. 3rd. S. Wallace.
Senior Drumming - 1st. Philip Bell. 2nd. Gavin Noade. 3rd.William Glenholmes.
Junior Drumming. - lst.Jonathan Hoy. 2nd.Aaron MacLean. 3rd. Jason Hoy.
Under 16 drumming - 1st. Stephen Paynter. 2nd. Clarke Campbell. 3rd. Ian McCombe.
The Ulster Piping and Drumming Solos will take place on Saturday April 21 in Monkstown Community School.
There are 50 drummers and 60 pipers entered for this event with the piping starting at loam and the drumming at 11am.
Adjudicators are Rab Wallace, Joe Wilson (Glasgow) Paul Turner (Vale of Atholl) John Moneagle (Tayside Police) and William Garrett (Ballygowan).
Then on Saturday April 28 the Saintfield Full Bands competition will take place in Saintfield High School commencing at 1pm.
Piping adjudicators will be Jim Semple Glasgow for piping and Gordon Parkes Craigavon for drumming.
Contact Jonathan McCaughtry for further information on 9752 8098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ian Lawson, who was the Leading drummer with Grade 1 Bleary & District Pipe Band, has now joined the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band from Vancouver. Ian led the Bleary drum corps for several years bringing them from Grade 4 up to Grade 1.
Simon Fraser University won the world Grade 1 title four times under the leadership of Pipe Major Terry Lee and Leading Tip J. Reid Maxwell.
Ian will join fellow Ulster man Steven McWhirter in the drum corps. Steven won the world senior drumming championships in Monkstown last October when the championships were held for the first time in Northern Ireland.
The ever-popular indoor full bands competition organised by the Co. Down section will be on Saturday May 5 at Banbridge High School.
The first of this year's outdoor competitions will be the Malahide Festival of Piping and Drumming, which will take place on Saturday May 12 in the beautiful setting of Malahide Castle Co. Dublin.
The Scottish Championships will commence the ive majors this year and it will take place in Dumbarton Scotland on Saturday May 19.
Patricia Pedlow secretary of Ballydonaghy Pipe Band and the RSPBA County Antrim Section has resigned. Patricia and her husband Andrew are relocating to Scotland, to take over running a small hotel.
She has handed over the reins to Claire Browne who will be acting secretary for Ballydonaghy. Her contact details are 39 Largy Road, Crumlin Co. Antrim BT29 4RN telephone 9442 3690 or 07841 651209. For the RSPBA County Antrim section, Darren Frew (tel. 07714 702607) will look after all correspondence relating to the 2007 competition on Castle Grounds Antrim and Winston Pinkerton (Tel. 07979 366389) can be contacted for all other correspondence. We wish Patricia and Andrew every success with their hotel (Seaview Hotel, Seaview Road, Boddam, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire AB42 3NS. Tel 01779 475665) and hope they will make many visits to the pipe band events.