The Competitor Qualifications section of the Rules have been wholly revised since January, 2013. Please read all sections carefully.

All entry forms and fees must be received by MHAF no later than December 15, 2017

1. Competitor Qualifications – Please read the following qualifications for Professional and Amateur to determine your proper entry. If a competitor has questions please contact Cliff Davis for contest entry guidance or risk disqualification for improper entry. cliff@mhaf.org

 

  • Gold Medal Solo Bass Drumming Championships – Open Contest to any bass drummer, Professional and Amateur. No Age Restriction.
    Professional level competitors shall enter this contest.Additionally, the Gold Medal contest is open to competitors of any age, regardless of professional or amateur status. Amateur competitors regardless of age, who have previously placed 1st in a Winter Storm Intermediate Amateur contest shall compete in the Gold Medal.
  • Intermediate Amateur Solo Bass Drumming Championship – Age 18 or older
    Amateur competitors age 18 or older, on the day of the contest, shall have entered as Intermediate Amateur, regardless of Amateur solo or band grade. No professional competitor may enter this Intermediate contest. Amateur competitors, regardless of age, who have previously placed 1st in a Winter Storm Novice Amateur Bass contest shall compete in the Intermediate contest. Additionally, if an Amateur bass competitor has competed in the Intermediate contest under the old rules, they shall either enter the Intermediate contest, regardless of age, or may enter the Gold Medal.Additionally, Amateur competitors, regardless of age, who have previously placed 1st in a Winter Storm Intermediate Amateur Bass contest shall compete in the Gold Medal.

 

  • Novice Amateur Solo Bass Drumming Championship – Under Age 18
    Amateur competitors under the age of 18, on the day of the contest, shall have entered as Novice Amateur, regardless of Amateur solo or band grade. Amateur Competitors under the age of 18 also have the option of entering the Intermediate Novice or the Gold Medal. No professional competitor may enter this Novice contest.Amateur competitors, regardless of age, who have previously placed 1st in a Winter Storm Novice Amateur Bass contest shall compete in the Intermediate; or enter the Gold Medal. Otherwise, If an Amateur competitor has competed in the Intermediate contest under the old rules, they shall either enter the Intermediate contest, regardless of age, or may enter the Gold Medal.

In the event an Amateur bass drummer is upgraded to Professional by his/her home association subsequent to their application to compete in the Amateur Solo Bass Championship, then that competitor must notify MHAF and shall compete in the Gold Medal contest if his/her current grade status is now in that class according to MHAF Rules.

If a competitor has questions please contact Cliff Davis for contest entry guidance or risk disqualification for improper entry. cliff@mhaf.org

2. Tune Requirements and Results

  • Gold Medal Solo Bass Drumming Championship
    Competitors shall submit: One (1) march, strathspey, and reel set (MSR), with a minimum of four parts each and one (1) H/J (hornpipe, jig) with a minimum of four parts each. The MSR will be played first. Once the MSR is completed, the competitor and accompaniment will have approximately two minutes to re-tune, and then will be signalled to play the H/J. The three highest aggregate scores of the MSR and H/J will determine the contest placing for medals.All Gold Medal competitors must be accompanied by one piper and one snare drummer.

 

  • Intermediate Amateur Solo Bass Drumming Championship
    Competitors shall submit one set composed of a march, a strathspey, and a reel (MSR), with a minimum of four parts each. The three highest scores will determine the contest placing for medals and prize.Intermediate and Novice competitors must be accompanied by one piper and may elect to also have one snare drummer.

 

  • Novice Amateur Solo Bass Drumming Championship
    Competitors shall submit one set composed of one four-parted 2/4 march. The three highest scores will determine the contest placing for medals.Intermediate and Novice competitors must be accompanied by one piper and may elect to also have one snare drummer.

3. General Rules

  • Competitors shall submit the entry fee and the entry form, postmarked or electronically dated if submitted on-line through MHAF website, no later than December 15, 2016. Entries postmarked or electronically dated after the deadline, or those submitted without the entry fee, will be rejected. No field entries will be allowed.
  • Entry fees are Gold Medal USD $50, Amateur $20.
  • Amateur age status is subject to verification by MHAF. Competitors may enter in one grade only. Discrepancies will void the entry. No exceptions.
  • The order of play will be decided shortly after the closing date for entries.
  • One piper only, shall accompany each Competitor.
  • Gold Medal Competitors must have one snare drummer.
  • Amateur Competitors have the option to have one snare drummer accompany.
  • Sponsors, MHAF staff, or Winter Storm instructors are not permitted to accompany Competitors.
  • Recorded accompaniment will not be allowed.
  • Each Competitor must check-in at the MHAF registration table at the Marriott-Country Club Plaza the evening prior to the contest, by no later than 9:30 P.M. At this check-in, each Competitor will receive details of the locations within the hotel complex of practice rooms, the final tuning/warm-up area, competition area, and tentative contest times and order of play.
  • The order of play will be posted the morning prior to the contest at the final tuning/warm-up area. Times will be posted for the first six Competitors; the remaining Competitors will be subject to the order of play. In order to eliminate large gaps in the contest due to players being disqualified or unable to attend, Competitor order of play is subject to change at the discretion of the Stewards. It is the responsibility of each Competitor to inquire with the Stewards as to updates or changes throughout the day of the contest. All Competitors must be ready to compete when called; otherwise they may be disqualified.
  • Competitors must check-in with the Steward at least one-half hour prior to the start of the segment of the contest in his/her grade. Competitors must be at the final tuning/warm-up area at least 15 minutes before his/her scheduled competition time. Tunes will be submitted to the Steward in the final tuning/warm-up area immediately prior to each respective contest.
  • Each Competitor, piper accompanist, and snare drummer accompanist must appear and compete in appropriate highland dress, including kilt, appropriate cap, and optional jacket, and are expected to remain so attired throughout the day until after the presentation of prizes.
  • Warm-up and practice in a non-designated, public area of the Hotel Complex is disruptive to other Competitors and guests; therefore, such behavior will result in immediate disqualification.
  • Any Competitor acting contrary to the rules of the competition, or the orders of the Judges and Stewards, may be excluded or disqualified from the competition or prize list.
  • All decisions made by the Judges will be final.
  • Entry in the competition is consent for recording sound and image, and distribution on any/all media, which shall become property of Midwest Highland Arts Fund.
  • Directors of MHAF, bass drumming contest sponsors, MHAF judges, and MHAF instructors are ineligible for entry to the contest.

By applying to the Midwest Highland Arts Fund Gold Medal Solo Bass Drumming Championship and Amateur Solo Bass Drumming Championships, I agree to be bound by these rules.