Solo Piping/Drumming Competitors

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Solo Piping & Drumming Competition at the Elizabeth Celtic Festival at Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth, CO. Previously all the info was on papers and mailed out. That information is now listed below and the application and payment method has been converted to online. Please read the information below, submit your application, and then your payment. A Paypal account is NOT REQUIRED as they will process without one. Checks are still an option and detailed below. If you need any help with this website, please email webmaster@elizabethcelticfest.org. If you have any questions regarding participation at the festival or would like to request a printable form, please email our Piping Chairman, Neil Gillette, at piping@elizabethcelticfest.org.

Solo Piping & Drumming Competitor Info:

Saturday and Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2019
Location: Casey Jones Park, Elizabeth, Colorado

The town of Elizabeth is around 35 miles southeast of Denver (15 miles directly east of Castle Rock, CO on Colo. State Highway 86)

Parking Entrance at 34180 Road 17, on the east side of the town of Elizabeth, 2/10ths of a mile north of Colorado Highway 86 on County Road 17 (intersection has a traffic light)

WUSPBA Sanctioned: All applicable events are sanctioned by the Western United States Pipe Band Association (WUSPBA). For the record (since well-meaning people continue to ask this), this competition has always been sanctioned, ever since WUSPBA instituted solo contest sanctioning. Starting in Kiowa in 1993, this Festival has had solo piping competition events for every year since; this is the 27th year (counting 1993 as the first annual festival). This Festival moved the seven miles west from Kiowa to Elizabeth in 2006. The contest elevation is 6,500 feet and is under the shade of 40-50 foot tall Ponderosa Pine Trees. Pipers are on an 8’ x 16’ platform—you actually do “play on the boards.”

Judges: Our piping judge for this year’s competition is Pipe Major James (Jamie) Cuthill. He is a senior member (on the “A” List) of the WUSPBA judge’s panel for both Light Music and Piobaireachd, and for judging Piping and Ensemble in band contests. Our drumming judge is Darren Marshall, also on the WUSPBA judge’s panel.

Awards for Solo Events: Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Judge’s decision is final. Competitors are responsible for keeping track of how the contest is moving, ready to play sooner in the event of another competitor “scratching” or “breaking-down.” The piping steward won’t seek you out…

Two-Day Competition, but... we will run all events for a given Grade on one day. For instance, on Saturday, the events will be for Grade V, Grade IV, followed by Mini Bands. On Sunday, the events will be for Grade III, Grade II and Grade I.

Solo Competitions–  Saturday Events: (July 20)–

Check-in 8:15-8:45 a.m.  Contest Events start at 9:00 a.m.

EVENT #1—SAT. Grade V Practice Chanter (play one 2-part tune by memory)

EVENT #2—SAT. Piping Grade IV 2/4 March (must be a minimum of four parts)

EVENT #3—SAT. Piping Grade IV Slow March (Slow Air) (must be a minimum of 32 measures)

EVENT #4—SAT. Piping Grade IV 6/8 March (must be a minimum of four parts)

EVENT #5—SAT. Piping Grade IV Piobaireachd (play the Ground + the next numbered variation)

EVENT #6—SAT. Grade V Drum Pad (play rudiments on a drum pad, as directed by the judge)

EVENT #7—SAT. Snare Drumming Grade IV 2/4 March (submit one (1) tune)*

EVENT #8—SAT. Snare Drumming Grade IV 6/8 March  (submit one (1) tune)*

EVENT #9—SAT. Snare Drumming Grade III 2/4 March  (submit one (1) tune)*

EVENT #10—SAT. Snare Drumming Grade III 6/8 March  (submit one (1) tune)*

EVENT #11—SAT. Snare Drumming Grade III Strathspey and Reel  

    (submit one (1) tune of each type) *

* The drummer must play four (4) different parts of music. However, the piper may either play a four-parted tune, two (2) two-parted tunes, or one (1) two-parted tune.

Solo Competitions– Sunday Events: (July 21)–

Check-in 8:15-8:45 a.m.  Contest Events start at 9:00 a.m.

EVENT #12—SUNDAY Piping Grade III 2/4 March

   (must be a minimum of four parts)

EVENT #13—SUNDAY  Piping Grade III Strathspey and Reel

   (each tune must be a minimum of four parts)

EVENT #14—SUNDAY  Piping Grade III Piobaireachd (submit one)

EVENT #15—SUNDAY  Piping Grade II 2/4 March, Strathspey, and Reel     (each tune must be a minimum of four parts, submit one of each type of tune)

EVENT #16—SUNDAY  Piping Grade II Hornpipe, and Jig

   (each tune must be a minimum of four parts, submit one of each type of tune)

EVENT #17—SUNDAY  Piping Grade II Piobaireachd (submit two)

EVENT #18—SUNDAY Piping  Grade I 2/4 March, Strathspey, and Reel     (each tune must be a minimum of four parts, submit two of each type of tune)

EVENT #19—SUNDAY  Piping Grade I Hornpipe, and Jig

   (each tune must be a minimum of four parts, submit two of each type of tune)

EVENT #20—SUNDAY Grade I Piobaireachd (submit three)

SOLO ENTRY FEE: For Grade V (Practice Chanter) and Grade V (Drum Pad) is $10.00. For Grades IV and above, the Entry Fee is $30, which includes all events for your Grade. There is no “per event” rate for these grades. ENTRY DEADLINE: Post-marked/timestamped by July 10, 2019. “First to enter, last to compete.”

TICKETS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS—Your help by purchasing tickets is appreciated—this helps support the Piping Competition, and you get the “early bird” discount of $2 for regular adult tickets (you pay $8, instead of $10 at the gate). Children ages 12 & under are free. If anyone is a “First Responder” (Law Enforcement, Fire, EMT), or current/former Military, or a Senior (ages 65 and older), or a Teenager (ages 13-17 inclusive)–then your admission is only $4. Compared to other Celtic Festivals, this is a great deal. You are hereby “double-dog-dared” to bring an army of followers (please remit the appropriate amount of money, as indicated above).

PARKING: There is a daily charge for parking ($3 per car). Please pay this at the entrance to the parking lot when you come. (The parking lot is private property, not part of the park.)

Solo Piping & Drumming Entry Form:

Submit the form above by clicking on the blue ‘submit’ button within the form box BEFORE continuing to the Paypal button below.

Thank you!

Paypal Payment Option:

This is where you can submit the purchase of your entry fees and advance purchase tickets. When you add the first item to the cart a new tab will open in your internet browser. You can then switch between the two tabs to continue adding all of the items from the list which apply to you. If you need help, please feel free to email webmaster@elizabethcelticfest.org.


Solo Entry Fees & tickets