Cham­pion

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Cham­pion Supreme

This award is given to the pipe band in each cat­e­gory by the Pipers So­ci­ety of On­tario for ac­cu­mu­lat­ing the most points at five des­ig­nated High­land games over the sum­mer sea­son. Be­cause of the size and pres­ti­gious­ness of the com­pe­ti­tion at the Glen­garry High­land Games, more points are awarded here than at other games.

In­di­vid­ual pipers/drum­mers

All com­peti­tors must reg­is­ter with the Pipers and Pipe Band So­ci­ety of On­tario, where a 2018 Mas­ter En­try Form may be down­loaded. Com­pe­ti­tions in­clude marches, strath­speys, reels, pi­obaireachd, jigs and horn­pipes.

On Fri­day, Aug. 3, all ama­teur, grades 1 to 5, solo pipers and drum­mers (ex­cept bass & tenor) com­pete as will the Pi­obaireachd So­ci­ety Gold Medal and Bar (Canada). On Satur­day, Aug. 4, all pro­fes­sional solo pipers and drum­mers will com­pete as well as all tenor and bass drum con­tests.

Pi­obaireachd

Piob (Peeb) means Pipe; Piobaire (Pee­bair) means Piper; and Pi­obaireachd (Peeb-air-och - three syl­la­bles) means pipe/play­ing pipe mu­sic. Many peo­ple "sim­plify" the pro­nun­ci­a­tion by say­ing "Pee­brock", prob­a­bly from the spell­ing "Pi­broch" which is seen in some Light mu­sic and songs. Though more ac­cu­rately ti­tled Ceol Mor (Cowal More) mean­ing Big (or Great) Mu­sic, the clas­si­cal mu­sic of the Great High­land Bag­pipe is com­monly re­ferred to as Pi­obaireachd. This is the mu­sic that sum­moned the clans to bat­tle, cel­e­brated vic­tory and loss, com­mem­o­rated mur­der and lamented the deaths of their he­roes. In peace­ful times, they played drink­ing tunes and pi­obaireachd of love.

The tunes con­sist of an open­ing slow theme called a 'Ground' (Gaelic Ur­lar). This is fol­lowed by sev­eral vari­a­tions in melody and/or rhythm based upon the main theme notes, each with pro­gres­sively more com­plex com­bi­na­tions of gra­cenotes (a gra­cenote is pro­duced by open­ing and clos­ing a hole with a fin­ger very quickly on the chanter). Most tunes are of least 8 min­utes in length and can last up to 15 to 20 min­utes. The great mas­ters of Pi­obaireachd were the MacCrim­mon and MacArthur fam­i­lies of the Isle of Skye, and to these col­leges, the clan chiefs sent their best pipers to per­fect their art of pip­ing.

Gold Medal

Un­til 1982, win­ners of this Open Pi­obaireachd event for two or more times, were awarded Clasps in lieu of be­ing granted ad­di­tional Gold Medals. In 1982, with the ap­proval of the Pi­obaireachd So­ci­ety, a sep­a­rate pi­obaireachd con­test was es­tab­lished for those who had al­ready earned the Gold Medal. The win­ner of this Gold Medal­list Com­pe­ti­tion was then awarded a Gold Bar to the Medal. The first win­ner was P/M Wil­liam Liv­ing­stone, Whitby, On­tario. Any­one who is awarded the Gold Medal is el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in the Gold Medal­list Com­pe­ti­tion.

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