The 60th Festival of the Tartans & Highland Games
will be held 13th - 16th July 2017 - mark your calendars!

New Glasgow,   Pictou County,   
Nova Scotia,  Canada

Piping & Drumming Competitions 2016

2016 Results

Saturday 16th July 2016

Tartan Field, Walker Street, New Glasgow, NS          

  1. All competitions will be carried out under the rules and regulations of the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association.
  2. All competitors must report to the Steward’s tent upon arrival for time check and playing positions. Failure to arrive on time may result in disqualification.
  3. Runners will not be provided. Competitors must present themselves to the steward or judge two minutes prior to their posted event playing time.
  4. No refund of entry fees submitted.
  5. Passes for entry onto the games site will not be issued. The roster of competitors will be at the gate and if your name is not on the list you will be required to pay the admission price.
  6. Drum Fanfare must have a minimum of three members and be a minimum of 3 – 5 minutes in length.
  7. Tents not available.
  8. Please check the ACPBA website for current music requirements.
  9. The sponsoring society will not be responsible for loss, damage, or injury occurring at the Festival of the Tartans.
  10. Travel money will be paid to bands that perform in the massed bands.


Time: Commencing 9am

Entry Fees: Individual $10       Drum Fanfare $15   Bands $50

All entries must be postmarked on or before 30th June 2016          Please check this website for updates

Registration: Download printable pdf here


Visit the Atlantic Canada Pipe Bands Association website (ACPBA) for lots of interesting information. 


The SANDY MacLEAN Memorial Trophy

Presented to a Piper who exhibits great potential and exemplifies a love and appreciation of the Scottish Tradition at the annual New Glasgow Festival Of The Tartans.

Sandy MacLean was Chair of the Festival of the Tartans for several years and was a pipe major for Cadet Corp 219 during his youth. He always took special interest in young piping talent, particularly during the Festival and always wanted to encourage our young Pictou County pipers… -seeing the Festival of the Tartans as a great venue for them to perform and hone their skills. He had a deep love for the culture and traditions of his Scottish roots.

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2016 Award Winner - Christopher Menezes

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See bio below

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 Christopher started playing the chanter in Sept of 2013 as a 397 Trenton Air Cadet attending cadet Pipes & Drums lessons  in New Glasgow.  He continued lessons from Scott MacIntosh and Capt Cathie MacIntosh with 374 F/L Chisholm Air Cadet Squadron where he  joined their Pipe Band and became a valuable member of the Regional Cadet Pipes & Drums.

By May of 2014 he was invited to travel with the Regional Cadet Pipes & Drums playing band to play with them in Charlottetown, and at various Reviews in the province.   

By December 2014, he had qualified as a Level 3 Piper in the Canadian Cadet Organization and continued taking lessons with Capt Darin Knox. In July of 2015 he performed in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo with the Cadet Pipes and Drums.   That summer, he took the Intermediate Pipes & Drums Course at CTC Argonaut where he achieved his Level 4 Piper qualification. He returned  to the RNSIT in 2016 and is taking Advanced P&D this summer in CTC Argonaut where he will be working on his Level 5, the highest cadet piping qualification. He’s been assisting with the instruction of other cadets for the last two years. Christopher has put a lot of effort into his piping and is an eager student.   He has qualified for the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, with piping as his  skill.

Christopher is 15 years old and is the son of Jose and Brenda Menezes from New Glasgow.

Congratulations, Christopher.


 Previous winners:  2015 Liam Farrell (see sidebar)   2014 - Scott MacIntosh2013 - Robert Caldwell;  2012 - Clare Henderson; 2011 - Brady Webb; 2010 - Brittany MacFarlane



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75 Drum Pad
85 Grade 5 March
421 Grade 4 March
323 Grade 3 6/8 March
325 Junior Am Hornpipe/Jig
335 Grade 3 M/S/R
221 Grade 2 M/S/R
121 Grade 1 M/S/R
125 Senior Am Hornpipe/Jig
621 Drum Fanfare
Piper/Drummer of the Day


25 Practice Chanter
50 Grade 5 March
55 Grand Piobaireachd(Gr+1)
401 Grade 4 March
415 Grade 4 Piobaireachd
301 Grade 3 2/4 March
305 Grade 3 S/R
310 Amateur Jig (Gr 3, 4 & 5)
315 Grade 3 Piobaireachd
201 Grade 2 March
205 Grade 2 S/R
215 Grade 2 Piobaireachd

230 Grade 2 Hornpipe/jig  

101 Grade 1 March

105 Grade 1 S/R
130 Grade 1 Hornpipe/Jig
115 Grade 1 Piobaireachd

See Results from previous years:

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Luke Henderson accepts Drummer of the Day award from Pat MacKay in 2015


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2015 Sandy MacLean Memorial Award Winner

Liam Farrell

Liam is the son of Darryl and Sandra Farrell of Trenton, Pictou County. He started bagpiping in 2011 with the Army Cadets, 219 Corps New Glasgow, under the instruction of Captain Darin Knox. When Liam asked Capt. Knox if he could be a drummer, Knox gave him a practice chanter, which led to his playing in The Clan Thompson Pipe band.

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Liam is a valued member of Clan Thompson Pipe Band, competing in their Grade 4 band. He performed in the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo for the previous 3 years, and was the Duty Piper at the Gaelic College, St. Ann’s, Cape Breton for the previous 2 years. Liam has never taken private lessons, but has developed his skill with recent band teachers, including Scott Williams, Pipe Major of Clan Thompson Pipe Band,  George Macintosh, Pipe Major of the Black Watch Tattoo Pipe Band, and Kevin Dugas.

Liam graduated from high school in 2015 with first class honours and is heading for St. Francis Xavier University in the Faculty of Science,  majoring in physics. While in Antigonish he will take private lessons from Pipe Major Scott Williams, and will continue playing with Clan Thompson Pipe Band.

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