Harry Moore Memorial Piping and Drumming Competition Set for March 24, 2012

More than 60 pipers and drummers to compete in annual event sponsored by UCR Pipe Band

Mike Terry with Linda Joy Terry Memorial Trophy

UC Riverside Pipe Band Pipe Major Mike Terry stands with the Linda Joy Terry Memorial Trophy for Grade IV piping at the 2011 Harry Moore Memorial Competition. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside. Photo by William Terry.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — The sounds of the Scottish Highlands will fill the air as the University of California, Riverside Pipe Band hosts the third annual Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping & Drumming Competition on Saturday March 24, 2012 at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside.

“The Harry Moore competition has become the premier solo piping and drumming event in the western United States,” UCR Pipe Major Mike Terry said. “Solo piping and drumming contests will be held all day in both “light” music for the bagpipe, such as marches, reels, and jigs.  The competition will also host Piobaireachd (peebrok) contests, the “big” or classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe.”

Competitions begin at 9 a.m. and will be held throughout the day in piping grades 1-4, solo snare grades 1-4, solo tenor grade 1-4 and bass drum. The competition is sanctioned by Western United States Pipe Band Association and is expected to draw around 60 competitors.

General admission is $10, students with ID are $5. Admission to a midday pipe and drum workshop is $5. Competitors’ entry fee is $20. Canyon Crest Country Club is located at 975 Country Club Drive in Riverside.

Terry said that one of the highlights will come the evening as top ranked pipers will go head-to-head for a $1,000 prize in a “Kitchen Piping” competition during the Celtic Party that caps off the day’s events.

Solo Piper at Harry Moore

A solo piper performs for a judge at the 2011 Harry Moore Memorial Competition. Photo by William Terry.

“It’s an open competition where they play free-form, non-structured music and are judged on their showmanship and originality,” he said, adding that the judge the contest are K-Mozart’s John Santana, Press-Enterprise columnist Dan Bernstein, and actor Peter MacNicol (Grey’s Anatomy, Ally McBeal, Ghostbusters II).

In addition, the Celtic rock band Galway Hooker will perform during the party.

The day will also feature performances from UCR’s Taiko drumming group, Highland dancers, Celtic musicians and the UCR Pipe Band.

The event is named after the first drum sergeant of the UCR Pipe Band, Harry Moore, who passed away on February 16, 2008. A native of Scotland who served in the Royal Air Force who moved to the United States after World War II, Moore learned to play in his native Scotland and would return to Glasgow annually to attend the World Pipe Band Championships.

“As the drum sergeant, he was the musical leader of the drum section,” Terry said. “He was in the hospital after suffering a heart attack and the band was at a competition in Long Beach. He called me from his hospital bed to give me advice on how to best use the drum section in competition. He passed away later that afternoon.”

Sponsors for the competition include BMW of Riverside, Club Corp, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, MacCallum Bagpipes, R.P. Blandford & Son British Imports, the Western United States Pipe Band Association, and Cuillinn Craft –  a Celtic goods vendor.

bagpipe 2011 Harry Moore Memorial Competition

A trio performs for a judge at the 2011 Harry Moore Memorial Competition. Photo by William Terry.

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