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Pipe Band finishes second at Scotland County Highland Games

Laurinburg, N.C. – The St. Andrews University Pipe Band finished second in the Grade III competition at the Scotland County Highland Games over the weekend.

The Greater Richmond Pipes and Drums earned first place.

“I was pleased with our pipe band’s performance for the day, particularly considering our lean numbers this year,” said Pipe Major Bill Caudill.

Caudill was able to take a little satisfaction in being beaten by a band now led by St. Andrews alumni Mary Wallace ’98 and Chance Bell ’10.

“It was a particularly poignant moment for me to have those two alums come up afterward and tell me personally that it was their St. Andrews experience which enabled them to do what they have done in founding a pipe band and then beating their alma mater,” said Caudill. “If we had to be beaten, I am happy that it was by a band which is now led by two alumni.”

In solo competitions, the SAU band had success as well. SAU’s senior Matt Poletti earned the overall trophy in Grade III while junior Billy Gehringer won the overall trophy in Grade I Snare Drumming. In Grade IV Junior competition, community member Hannah Chavis of Laurinburg won the overall trophy. In Grade IV Senior competition, community member Mark Wilson of Fayetteville won the 2/4 March.

There were more than 50 solo competitors in all grades coming from as far away as Maryland and Florida.

The band will compete again in two weeks at Stone Mountain, Ga.

About St. Andrews University

St. Andrews is a student and teaching-focused University which offers a broad range of undergraduate majors in a curriculum that is global in scope and practical in its application. The quality of the St. Andrews educational experience has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and GI Jobs among others. In addition to its academic programs, the University has an acclaimed university press, men’s and women’s athletic teams, a nationally competitive equestrian program, and an award-winning pipe band. St. Andrews is a branch of Webber International University, Florida. Further information may be obtained by visiting the University’s website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198, or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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