Piping Competition

The Piobaireachd Society of Central Pennsylvania


February 15, 2020


The Rose & Shamrock Festival and The Piobaireachd Society of Central Pennsylvania are pleased to offer the following competitive events. These events are sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA), and all EUSPBA rules & regulations will apply. (See www.euspba.org for details.)

Check out the Rose & Shamrock Festival web page for more events, directions, hotel information, etc. www.roseandshamrock.org. For information about The Piobaireachd Society of Central Pennsylvania, visit www.pennpiob.org. The piping competition will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Lancaster Marriott and Convention Center in Lancaster, PA.

Rules & Regulations for Sanctioned Events

  1. All of the listed events are sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA), except 601. All competitors in sanctioned events must be a member in good standing of the EUSPBA or other recognized piping association. All EUSPBA rules and regulations apply. Visit www.euspba.org for rules, regulations, or membership forms.

  2. The contest committee reserves the right to cancel any and all events.

  3. Entries must be postmarked by February 3, 2020. Competitors in Grades 1-4 will pay $35 for

    access to all events in their grade. Competitors in Grade 5 will pay $15 for access to both

    events in their grade. Competitors in the Practice Chanter will pay $8.

  4. A tentative competition schedule will be posted on the internet at www.roseandshamrock.org

    and www.pennpiob.org by February 12, 2020, to announce registration and start times.

    Registration will tentatively start at 7:30 a.m. with competition beginning around 8:30 a.m.

  5. The competitions will be held rain or shine. This is an indoor event.

  6. All competitors (except Practice Chanter) must compete in appropriate highland attire.

  7. Gr. IV is split into two separate categories according to age: 17 & Under (Jr.) and Age 18 &

    Over (Sr.). See EUSPBA rules for details.

  8. Order of play will be determined by the reverse order in which entries are received. The first

    entry received will be the last to play. Event 601 will be the first event working towards Grade

    1 in the afternoon.

  9. Awards will be given for first through third place in each event. The judge has the right to

    award one less prize than the number of competitors.

  10. An overall award will be given to a piper in each grade. The winner will be determined by

    points with 1st Place = 6 points, 2nd Place = 3 points, 3rd Place = 1 point with Piobaireachd, then

    2/4 March, then Strathspey & Reel breaking any ties.

  11. All protests should be made in writing and lodged with the Contest Committee before the end

    of the games day. All protests shall be dealt with by the Contest Committee, whose decision

    shall be binding by all parties concerned.

  12. The list of sanctioned events assumes that the events will be sanctioned by the EUSPBA 2020

    Rules. The list of events may be adjusted to adhere to EUSPBA rules once they are published.