UCR Pipe Band to Host Annual Piping and Drumming Competition on March 23

Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping & Drumming Competition Returns to Canyon Crest Country Club

A judge listens to competitors at the annual Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping and Drumming Competition.

A judge listens to competitors at the annual Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping and Drumming Competition.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — The sounds of bagpipes and drums will fill the hills and valleys around the Canyon Crest Country Club as the University of California, Riverside hosts the fourth annual Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping and Drumming Competition on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

“We are proud to once again be hosting what has become the premier solo piping and drumming event in the west,” said UCR Pipe Major and event organizer Mike Terry. “It’s a great afternoon of music, revelry and fellowship. Everyone who is a fan of the pipes and drums is welcome to come out and spend the day with us.”

The competition begins at 9:00 a.m. with pipers in grades I through IV will compete in a total of 12 events covering a variety of styles, including slow air, piobaireachd, 2/4 march, hornpipe/jig and strathspey/reel. There are also competitions for  solo snare and solo tenor drummers as well as bass drummers. The competition is sanctioned by the Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA).

In addition to the competition, there will be bagpipe and drum exhibitions, performances by Highland dancers, and vendors offering Celtic products. UCR’s Taiko drummers are also slated to appear.

A piper competes during the Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping and Drumming Competition at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside.

A piper competes during the Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping and Drumming Competition at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside.

Following the competition is the Kitchen Piping Competition and Pub Party, featuring the band Galway Hooker. The Kitchen Piping Contest will feature some of the top professional and Grade I pipers playing a fun five minute piece, with judging based on both musicality and showmanship. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize and their name engraved on a perpetual trophy. Second and third place receive $500 and $250, respectively.

“There are professional and other top pipers who are attracted to this contest, not only because of the prize money, but the prestige of winning against other premier competitors,” Terry said.

Admission to the competition is $5 for students with ID and $15 for the general public. The entry fee for competitors is $20 and must be submitted no later than March 5. Canyon Crest Country Club is located at 975 Country Club Drive in Riverside. More information about the competition is available on the UCR Pipe Band’s website.

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