Saturday, July 14, piper David Corbett competed at what may be the secondlargest Highland games, clan gathering and solo competition in the U.S. placing third in the Grade 4 Sr Piobarieachd (classical music for the Highland pipes) event.
Baton Rouge, LA was the site of the "Red Stick Regional Solo Competition" on Saturday July 28. Seven pipers from NEAC traveled down to the Bayou state to take part. All together the group had 32 top six placings, and medaled in 20 events (medals being awarded for top three placings).
In the grade 4 junior division, Gannon Vaughn (9) of Hoxie played in 5 events, playing a 2/4 march, 6/8 march, slow air, strathspey/reel combination and piobaireachd ground, and brought home 1st place medals in all 5 events.
In the grade 4 senior division Keith Pringle of Jonesboro placed 3rd in the 2/4 march and 6/8 march, 6th in both the slow air and strathspey/reel. William Bulkley of Paragould placed 2nd in the slow air, 3rd in the strathspey/reel and 4th in the 6/8 and piobaireachd. Lara Bulkley of Paragould placed 2nd in the 6/8 march, 4th in the strathspey/reel and 5th in the 2/4 march, slow air and piobaireachd. David Corbett of Alicia placed 4th in the 2/4 march, 3rd in the slow air and 1st in the 6/8, strathspey/reel and piobaireachd.
In the grade 3 division Danny Vaughn of Hoxie placed 2nd in the jig, 3rd in the piobaireachd and 5th in the 2/4 march, 6/8 march and strathspey/reel.
In the grad 2 division Derek Reed of Bono placed 3rd in the piobaireachd, 2nd in the 6/8 march and march/strathspey/reel and 1st in the hornpipe/jig.
In addition to individual event awards, both Gannon Vaughn and David Corbett recieved the 'Piper of the Day" award for their respective divisions and the overall "Piper of the Day" award went to David.
The band will next perform in Kennett, MO on Saturday, Sept 8th, downtown. Practices and lessons are held most Sunday afternoon's at the First Presb. Church on Southwest Drive in Jonesboro from 1:30-4pm
Keep an eye out at ASU for a non-credit, continuing education class scheduled to start in September and lasting for 6 weeks, taught by a member of the band on an "introduction to highland piping and drumming"