The annual Christchurch summer school was another great hit this year with a smashing high enrolment of 162 in attendance.
Many congratulations to all those who took part. The tune writing competition that
McCallum Bagpipes sponsors was a big hit also and very keenly contested. Jack Lee
awarded the winners their well deserved prizes.
The famous wee McCallum towles were given away to all the other honourable mentions.
Click on the tune names below to see the successful entries.
Ben Murray Tune-Imposter Benson, hornpipe.
Winning the McC2 chanter
Morgan Tabuteau Tune- The Piper, 2/4 march.
Winning the McCallum Full Alloy PC9 practice chanter
Sue Muir Tune-Dillemic Crossing, 2/4 march.
Winning the McCallum Full Alloy PC7 practice chanter
Our very own Stuart McCallum recently took part in the Glasgow Half Marathon along with over 24,000 other keen (crazy)runners, finishing in a very respectable 2hrs.
Stuart decided that when he would do the run he would try his best and raise as much money as he could for a local charity that is very close to all our hearts. Up until now he has raised an amazing £4750 and donations are still coming in. If you feel you would like to make a wee donation before it shuts please click on the link below
The Ayrshire Hospice, located in Ayr, provides Specialist Palliative Care for people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses and support for their families and carers across Ayrshire.
All Hospice services are free of charge and as a registered charity we rely on the support and generosity of our supporters without whom the Hospice could not exist.
Stuart and his fellow runners showing off their medals on the way to the nearest pub to ‘rehydrate’ ………they said!!
The final of the Bagad National Championship (grade 1) was held as it is every year at the Festival Interceltic of Lorient. After this final, Bagad Kemper were crowned Champions of Brittany for the 20th time.
In this competion the three highest ranked pipes corps all played with McCallum pipe chanters.
(Bagad Kemper 2012 Champions)
Pipe Corps Results (Lorient contest)
Overall (Lorient contest)
1st Bagad Kemper 2nd Bagad Brieg 3rd Bagad Cap Caval
1st Bagad Kemper 2nd Bagad Cap Caval 3rd Kevrenn Alre
The McCallum Bagpipe chanter that has been so successful for the bands is called the Breton chanter which is slightly lower pitched to blend in with the bombards and the coloured buttons are inserted into the holes so that the pipers can play C natural and F natural without changing their fingering.
Congratulations to David Corbett of Marion, Arkansas who won Piper of the Day at this EUSPBA piping competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. It is only the 2nd time this event has been held but with a good attendance this year and everybody being so enthusiastic and having such a great day there are sure to be many more to come.
David Corbett(centre) receiving his McCallum Bagpipes Full Alloy Practice Chanter from judges John Rcknagel and Iain Macey
Below all the participants at the event plus Izmir the guide dog who helped his owner to the judges table.
Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band
presents live in concert on the 8th August at 7.30pm at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band. moved up the prize list to fourth place and they are also 2012 British Champions drum corps.
“The concert will be a fantastic night of entertainment, not to be missed. Ticket sales are going well, so if you are going to be here, book as soon as possible, it was a complete sell out last year.”
McCallum Bagpipes will be attending the concert and donating a set of bellows blown smallpipes for the raffle so don’t forget to buy a ticket or two.
Ayrshire Kilt Shop at McCallum Bagpipes are very proud to now stock Help for Hereos tartan.
Hire a great looking kilt and raise money for a fantastic cause. This is a Help for Hereos endorsed promotion and monies from every hire will be contributed to the charity which provides direct, practical support for our wounded. They fund projects and initiatives that make a real difference to the lives of our wounded heroes.
The first week of this years Piping Hot Summer Drummer event has been another great success, with 80 pipers taking part and having a wonderful time. Many congratulations to the three prize winners all receiving their McCallum Prizes from Jack Lee.
1st Prize went to Alistair Bevan with a slow air “Hills of Silver”
2nd Prize went to Taylor Pettit with a jig “The Bonnie Ghillie”
3rd Prize went to Karen Campbell with a waltz “Ali and Andrew’s Wedding”
Jack Lee said “The APBA summer school was again very well run. The facilities were top-notch and we combined a lot of piobairchd, light music and pipe band instruction during the week.”
The results for the music writing competition were
1st Morning Rush Hour by Sally-Anne Richter
2nd Marching out St. George’s by Wey Shi Ong
3rd Macleod College by Adam Wishart
The winners were all delighted to be awarded McCallum chanters.
From left to right, Wey Shi Ong, Adam Wishart, Sally-Anne Richter and Jack Lee
“The annual New Zealand summer school was another big success. There were over 200 students in attendance. The pipers were encouraged to write original compositions and submit them to a group of adjudicators. The 3 winning tune-writers were delighted to be awarded McCallum chanters”.
1st James Wansink with the tune ‘Wee Johnny’
2nd Mike Wellwood with the tune ‘Duncan, Ross, Malcolm and Mans’
3rd Fiona Smith with the tune ‘Aunty Jeans’ Jig’
From left to right, James Wansink, Fiona Smith, Mike Wellwood and Jack Lee
New product from McCallum Bagpipes; Practice chanter and goose combination.
As you can see from the photographs you can play it as a practice chanter or you can seperate the practice chanter and add it to the goose bag and play it as a goose. It is also better value than buying the items separately.
It is available with the McCallum PC1, PC2 & PC4. Please contact your local distributor for info.