Pipe Band cadets compete, win at Highland Games
The Citadel Pipe Band competed recently at the Loch Norman Highland Games, a Scottish Festival in Huntersville , N.C., where several cadets performed well in their performance class.
Cadet Kane McManus was the overall winner for “Grade 2” (Division II) by winning two of the three individual contests and coming in third in the other. There were nine other competitors in this Grade level.
For competition purposes, The Citadel Pipe Band is divided into two units – a Grade 5 and Grade 4 band. The Grade 4 band is the college’s more advanced unit while the Grade 5 unit is newly formed and had its inaugural run during the Loch Norman games.
“Attending Highland Games like this one is extremely beneficial to our Pipe Band program here at The Citadel because we get valuable exposure competing against other pipe bands, and up and coming pipers in other bands can learn about our program,” said Pipe Director Jim Dillahey.
“I first learned of The Citadel’s piping program after seeing the band perform at the Miami Highland Games in 1992 when I was in the 8th grade. I remember telling my parents afterward that I was going to attend The Citadel so I could continue to play my pipes in college. Little did I know how things would turn out.”
At festivals, each band and solo piper competes within a “grade.” Based on performance expertise, Grade 5 is entry level and Grade 1 is the most advance players.
Out of nine bands competing, The Citadel’s Grade 5 unit placed second and third among the piping judges and in sixth place among the ensemble and drumming judges.
“This was the first time the Grade 5 band has competed, so I could not be happier with the results,” Dillahey said.
Out of eight Grade 4 bands competing, The Citadel pipers placed fifth and sixth.