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SAPC Pipe Band finishes second at Rural Hill Scottish Festival

The St. Andrews Presbyterian College Pipe Band finished their 2010-11 academic year's competition season with a second place finish in the Grade III Pipe Band Competition at the Rural Hill Scottish Festival near Huntersville on Saturday.

The Atlanta Pipe Band took first place with N.C. State University’s Pipe Band finishing third.

“Overall, the band took two second places from the piping judges, second in ensemble and first in drumming,” said Pipe Major Bill Caudill. “I am pleased with the band's overall playing and finish. The band has made great strides since the beginning of the academic year after losing 6 students to graduation last May. Though we were the smallest band in terms of numbers, we proved that it is quality not quantity that makes success.”

In solo competitions, several St. Andrews band members had strong performances. First place finishes were earned by Peter McArthur in Amateur Grade I Solo Piping March/Strathspey and Reel; Matt Poletti in Amateur Grade III Solo Piping Strathspey and Reel; Bryce Parker in Amateur Grade IV Solo Piping March; and Patrick Osborne in the Amateur Grade I Snare Drumming solo competition.

Osborne earned second place in the March/Strathspey and Reel and the Hornpipe and Jig events. Jenni Brett placed second in the Amateur Tenor Drumming March/Strathspey and Reel event.

Poletti was also fourth in Amateur Grade III Solo Piping Piobaireachd and fifth in March.

“I fully congratulate the student members of the band who have worked hard to keep our group a contender in competitive circles with our peers this academic year,” said Caudill.

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An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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