All entry forms and fees must be received by MHAF no later than December 1, 2018

Competitor Qualifications

  • North American Gold Medal Drumming Championship
    (Professional, Grade 1, RSPBA Adult) — North American Competitors- Those North American Competitors who are currently registered at the time of entry as Professional, or Grade 1, by his/her North American home association may enter this contest. Prior winners of the NAGMDC are eligible to enter. RSPBA Adult Competitors – Adult Competitors, from outside North America who normally compete under RSPBA rules, may enter this Gold Medal contest.
  • North American Amateur Drumming Championship
    (Amateur Grades 1, 2, or 3, AND RSPBA Juvenile 1, 2, or 3)
    The ages of North American Competitors in the amateur grades will not be restricted. Competitors must be currently registered in the same grade entered in the contest as in his/her North American home association. RSPBA Juvenile Competitors- Those Competitors from outside North America who normally compete under RSPBA rules must enter according to following:

    • RSPBA Juvenile 1 must enter Grade 3 Amateur
    • RSPBA Juvenile 2 must enter Grade 2 Amateur
    • RSPBA Juvenile 3 must enter Grade 1 Amateur

Tune Requirements and Results

  • North American Gold Medal Drumming Championship 
    Competitors shall submit and perform in the Gold Medal Qualifier: One (1) march, strathspey, and reel set (MSR), with a minimum of four parts each. The eight highest aggregate scores of the MSR qualifier will submit and perform ONE MSRHJ (march, strathspey, reel, hornpipe, jig) with a minimum of four parts each. The three highest aggregate scores of the final MSRHJ will determine the final placing for prizes.
  • North American Amateur Drumming Championship

Grades 1 & 2

Competitors shall submit: One (1) march, strathspey, and reel set (MSR), with a minimum of four parts each. The three highest aggregate scores will determine the contest placing for medals.

       Grade 3

Competitors shall submit one (1) MSR set composed of one four-parted 2/4 march, one two-parted minimum/four parts maximum strathspey, and one two-parted minimum/four parts maximum reel. If a competitor submits a two-parted strathspey or reel, each tune must be played through twice. The three highest scores will determine the contest placing for medals.

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 1, 2018. 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 $60, Amateur Grades 1, 2, and 3 $25.

Competitors must include their home association and registered grade with the entry form. After submission of the entry form, no change in grade status will be allowed. The Competitor must be a member of his/her association in good standing on the day of the competition or risk disqualification. Grade 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. Recorded accompaniment will not be allowed. Sponsors, staff, or Winter Storm instructors are not permitted to accompany Competitors.

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 and 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 three 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 and piper accompanist must appear and compete in appropriate highland dress, and are expected to remain so attired throughout the day until after the presentation of prizes.

Warm-up in a non-designated, public area of the host hotel 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 and Stewards 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, snare 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 Drumming Championship and Amateur Drumming Championships, I agree to be bound by these rules