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Piping & Drumming Alert: Competition in Riverside March 24
The UCR Pipe Band will host the third annual Harry Moore Memorial Solo Piping & Drumming Competition on March 24 at Canyon Crest Country Club in Riverside.
Competitions begin at 9 a.m. and will be held throughout the day. The competition is sanctioned by the Western United States Pipe Band Association and is expected to draw around 60 competitors.
General admission is $10, students with ID are $5. Admission to a midday pipe and drum workshop is $5. Competitors’ entry fee is $20. Canyon Crest Country Club is located at 975 Country Club Dr. in Riverside.
Mike Terry, UCR pipe major, said that one of the highlights will come in the evening as top-ranked pipers will go head-to-head for a $1,000 prize in a “kitchen piping” competition during the Celtic Party that caps off the day’s events.“It’s an open competition where they play free-form, non-structured music and are judged on their showmanship and originality,” he said, adding that the judges for the contest are K-Mozart’s John Santana, Press-Enterprise columnist Dan Bernstein and actor Peter MacNicol.
In addition, the Celtic rock band Galway Hooker will perform during the party.
The event is named after the first drum sergeant of the UCR Pipe Band, Harry Moore, who passed away in February 2008. A native of Scotland who served in the Royal Air Force and moved to the United States after World War II, Moore learned to play in his native Scotland and would return to Glasgow annually to attend the World Pipe Band Championships.