The 2016 Red Stick Regional EUSPBA Sanctioned Solo Piping & Drumming Competition

    †††† The Sixth Annual Red Stick Regional will be held on Saturday, July 23rd 2016 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church, located in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This year we are again holding a fully sanctioned drumming competition as well as sanctioned solo piping events, along with a drumming workshop Saturday afternoon.†† We are also holding both piping and drumming workshops on Saturday evening, 7am-9pm, at the same location, with a jambalaya dinner available as well.


    The competition will include all events for piping and drumming in Grades I through V, including non-sanctioned Grade V events for practice chanter, on pipes and on drum pad. This year we are also including unsanctioned Piping Duets, and an unsanctioned ďMicro BandĒ competition.


    The Micro Band requirements are 2 or 3 pipers, AND 2 or 3 drummers; 4 to 6 players required.The Piping Duets and the Micro Band require 2-4 minutes of music, any time signature.For more details on these events, please see the registration form.



    To date, the following manufacturers and suppliers have donated prizes this year:please support them!


    McCallum Bagpipers

    Hendersonís Pipe Band Supply

    Jim McGillivray Piping Partnerships

    Ken Eller and the Captainís Corner





    We have the following three judges adjudicating our events this year:


    Paula Glendinning

    ††† Paula Glendinning has been a member of the Eastern US Pipe Band Association panel of judges for solo piping and pipe band events since 2003, and has been teaching piping for over 40 years. She is the advanced piping instructor for the Rockville High School Pipe Band, and gives private lessons to pipers of all ages. Over the past 13 years, Paula has taught at the Invermark College of Piping summer school sessions in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, and Scotland. She has an Education degree from the University of Maryland, and a Teacherís Certificate and Senior Certificate from the Institute of Piping in Scotland.

    ††† Paula was a member of the City of Washington Pipe Band from 1970 to 2009, beginning with the band when it was called Denny and Dunipace, under the leadership of P/M Sandy Jones. ††During those years, she made 14 trips to Scotland to compete with the band, and several more trips to compete in solo competitions at Oban, Inverness, and London. She encourages opportunities for young pipers to travel for piping competitions, and has supported several contests that offer travel as prizes. Paula has been a member of the organizing committee for the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Competition since 1997, and works there to encourage amateur pipers to strive for excellence.


    John Recknagel

    ††† John is the Pipe Major Emeritus of the Atlanta Pipe Band, retired after 20 years with the band and 15 years as the Pipe Major. He has been playing pipes for more than 48 years in both solo and band contests, and reached the level of Open Professional piper in solos. John has played with pipe bands at a grade 1 level in Ontario, Canada, and has competed at the Worlds Pipe Band Championships, held annually in Glasgow, Scotland in August many times over the years.

    Currently, besides playing with the band, he is an accredited adjudicator for both solo and band competitions, and serves on both the Eastern U.S. Pipe Band Association and the Pipers Pipe Band Society of Ontario judgeís panels.

    Ed Best


    †††† Ed Best is a qualified, professional educator with over 30 years of successful pipe band experience and has a Bachelorís Degree in Music Education.  He has held many band and solo titles in all grades including North American Champion, East Coast Champion Supreme, Ontario Champion Supreme, West Coast Champion of Champions, and Canadian Champion.†† Ed also spent 10 years as a School Music Teacher in all grades from Elementary through the University level.


    Ed has competed in, and placed at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in many grades up to and including Grade I.  


    Ed is active as an adjudicator at Highland Games throughout the United States.   He is an ďAĒ panel drumming and ensemble judge in the WUSPBA and a drumming judge in the EUSPBA.  He also serves on the Music Board of WUSPBA, where his primary functions are grading of bands and soloists and adjudicator training/education and certification.  








    Other Information:



    ††† Our Host Hotel is the La Quinta University Area, located at 2333 S Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA70808.We have a number of rooms booked, but you must call the hotel directly at (225) 924-9600 OR the La Quinta Group Desk at 1-800-642-4239, Option 1, and ask for the special rate for Red Stick Regional Competition.The rates are $62.10 plus tax per night, and you must make your reservations by July 1, at which time the rooms will be returned and available to the general public.

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    †† We have added the optional Jasonís Deli box lunch to the registration form, rather than sending out a notice later for you to sign up for a lunch. ††Please look through the choices and add your payment of $10 per lunch to the event fees, so you donít need to worry about paying at the competition.

    †† There are a few restaurants in the area, but by having your lunch delivered you wonít need to worry about going out and being back in time for your next event. ††You can of course opt to bring your own food, and complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.



    ††† Since we will be continuing the workshops Saturday evening at the same location, we will have a catered Jambalaya dinner available at the church for $10 per person. ††You may sign up for this on the registration form.



    Events like this are never entirely paid for by competition and workshop fees, so we welcome any and all sponsorships! ††Both monetary and prize donations are needed to keep this event going.We offer the following sponsorships:

    Silver - $50

    Gold - $100

    Platinum - $200


    Thank you in advance for any contributions you may wish to donate!


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