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Professional Solo Bagpiping Events Friday Evening, April 8

by | Mar 23, 2022

In 2018 a dozen bagpipers from all over the east coast and Canada converged on Davidson College Presbyterian Church for a competition of their musicianship. Daniel Carr from Prince Edward Island, Canada, is pictured here performing for the event judges. This year the event will be at Davidson United Methodist.(Giduz photo, 2 of 17)


The Loch Norman Highland Games Solo Professional Piping events will be taking place on the Friday night, April 8, in Davidson. This is a great opportunity for the piping enthusiasts amongst you to come and have a listen to Piobaireachd; March, Strathspey & Reel; and Hornpipe/Jig being played by some of the current finest Professional soloists on the Regional, U.S., and World platforms, right in downtown Davidson.  Admission is free and the contests will run from about 5:00 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m.

This year’s venue is:

Davidson United Methodist Church

Alexander Education Building, 2nd Floor

233 S. Main St.

Davidson, NC 28036

The competition consists of both a piobaireachd challenge and professional light music events.  Piobaireachd is the classical music of the highland bagpipe and light music refers to the march and dance tunes of the highland bagpipe; march, strathspey, and reel (MSR) as well as hornpipe and jig (H/J).  Cash prizes are awarded to the winners as well as a trophy for 1st place in each event. The Stephenson family of Pittsburgh has been a sponsor for the cash prizes, and the trophy for the Piobaireachd event for the past eight years.

This year we welcome as esteemed judges, James Bell of Batesvile, Arkansas, Peter Kent of Annandale, Virginia, Sandy Jones of Jonesboro, Tennessee, and Ed Krintz of Charlotte, North Carolina.  All have distinguished themselves as top prize winners in the US, Canada, and Scotland.  Sandy has served as Pipe Major for the United States Air Force Pipe Band, as well as serving as the Citadel Pipe Band Director for 25 years. 

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