WOPDC Fall 2021

Below is the complete list of events for the World Online Piping & Drumming Championships—Spring 2021.  Solo events are offered in these categories: Solo Piping,  Solo Side Drumming, Solo Tenor Drumming, and Solo Bass Drumming. Band Events are offered in two further categories: Pipe Band Style Musical Ensemble and Freestyle Musical Ensemble.

Selecting the Correct Competition Grade Level

The North American Grading System is based on skill level and not on competitor's age.

  • Beginner (lowest grade)
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 1
  • Open/Professional (highest)

Open/Professional Level Solo Piping and Side Drumming events are for the highest level of solo competition (above Grade 1), also called Open, Professional, or Senior (CPA Grades A, B, C, and Premier).

If you have an official solo grading from an association, enter the events in your  grade and/or a higher grade, but do not enter lower grade events.

This grading system is different from the system in Scotland (Juniors and Seniors [18 and over]).

Need help to determining your correct Grade level? Please view some of the videos of winners from our past competitions.

For solo competitors using the Australian or New Zealand grading system, here’s some help in selecting the correct grade:  Novice:  (Learner)  —Grade 5, D Grade:  (Elementary) — Grade 4, C Grade (Sub-Intermediate) —Grade 3, B Grade (Intermediate) —Grade 2, A Grade (Open) —Grade 1

Still need help figuring out your Grade level? Send us an email and we'll help you.

Choosing Events

After you have determined your Grade level, choose your events from the list below.  Many players enter all of the events in their Grade level in order to play all of the tunes offered AND to increase their chances at getting more combined points for the overall rankings within each Grade.

You can also test your playing against players in higher grade levels.  This is called "playing up" and is highly encouraged!  Some competitors enter all of the events at their Grade level and all of the events at the next higher level.

You are allowed one entry per event (except the Ungraded, Evaluation-Only events).  If you want to play more than one tune in a category (e.g. 2/4 March), you are welcome to enter the same event at a higher grade level or you can enter the Evaluation-only event for comments.

Special Events for Pipers

All pipers excepting Open/Professional levels can enter the Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge 2/4 March.  This special competition is the only age-grouped event.  Prize winners will be announced for each age group level. The first place winners for each age group will be judged against one another and the overall winner will be the Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge 2/4 March Champion and will receive a scholarship towards his or her further piping education. Select the appropriate event based on your age on May 12, 2021.

In addition to the graded solo events, all pipers can enter Event 31 Medley (4-6)—where anything goes.

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Solo Piping Events:
01. Beginner (practice chanter) – Slow Air (at least 2 parts)
02. Beginner (practice chanter) – 3/4 or 4/4 March (2 or 4 parts)
03. Beginner (practice chanter) – 2/4 March (at least 4 parts)
04. Beginner (practice chanter) – 6/8 March (at least 2 parts)
05. Beginner (practice chanter) – Piobaireachd (Ground Only)
06. Grade 5 – Slow Air (at least 2 parts)
07. Grade 5 – 2/4 March (at least 4 parts OR 2 different 2 parted tunes)
08. Grade 5 – 6/8 March (at least 2 parts)
09. Grade 5 – Jig (at least 2 parts)
10. Grade 5 – Piobaireachd (Ground Only)
11. Grade 4 – 2/4 March (at least 4 parts)
12. Grade 4 – Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts OR a two parted tune played twice)
13. Grade 4 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
14. Grade 4 – Piobaireachd (Ground and Next Variation)
15. Grade 4 – Jig (at least 4 parts)
16. Grade 3 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
17. Grade 3 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
18. Grade 3 – Jig (at least 4 parts)
19. Grade 3 – Hornpipe (at least 4 parts)
20. Grade 3 – Piobaireachd
21. Grade 2 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
22. Grade 2 – Jigs (two jigs, each tune at least 4 parts)
23. Grade 2 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
24. Grade 2 – Hornpipe (at least 4 parts)
25. Grade 2 – Piobaireachd
26. Grade 1 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
27. Grade 1 – Jigs (two jigs, each tune at least 4 parts)
28. Grade 1 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
29. Grade 1 – Hornpipes (two hornpipes, each tune at least 4 parts)
30. Grade 1 – Piobaireachd
31. Any Grade – Medley (4-6 Minutes)
32. Ungraded, evaluation-only – Any tune.
33. P/M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge 2/4 March (at least 4 parts) – for pipers 12 or younger
34. P/M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge 2/4 March (at least 4 parts) – for pipers 13 to 14 years old
35. P/M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge 2/4 March (at least 4 parts) – for pipers 15 to 17 years old
36. P/M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge 2/4 March (at least 4 parts) – for pipers 18 to 20 years old
37. P/M Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge 2/4 March (at least 4 parts) – for pipers 21 years or older
38. Open/Pro – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
39. Open/Pro – Hornpipe/Jig (each tune at least 4 parts)
40. Open/Pro – Piobaireachd

Solo Side Drumming Events:
101. Beginner (Drum Pad) – 3/4 March (at least 2 parts)
102. Beginner (Drum Pad) – 4/4 March (at least 2 parts)
103. Beginner (Drum Pad) – 2/4 March (at least 2 parts)
104. Grade 5 – 2/4 March (at least 4 parts)
105. Grade 5 – 4/4 March (at least 4 parts)
106. Grade 5 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
107. Grade 4 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
108. Grade 4 – 2/4 March (at least 4 parts)
109. Grade 4 – Jig (at least 4 parts)
110. Grade 3 – March, Strathspey & Reel (M at least 4 parts, S & R each at least 2 parts)
111. Grade 3 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
112. Grade 3 – Jig (at least 4 parts)
113. Grade 2 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
114. Grade 2 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
115. Grade 2 – Hornpipe & Jig (each tune at least 4 parts)
116. Grade 1 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
117. Grade 1 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
118. Grade 1 – Hornpipe & Jig (each tune at least 4 parts)
119. Ungraded, evaluation-only – Any tune
120. Open/Pro – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
121. Open/Pro – Hornpipe/Jig (each tune at least 4 parts)

Solo Tenor Drumming Events:
201. Beginner (Tabletop/Practice Mallets) – 4/4 March (at least 2 parts)
202. Beginner (TableTop/Practice Mallets) – 2/4 March (at least 2 parts)
203. Grade 5 – 2/4 March (at least 4 parts)
204. Grade 5 – 4/4 March (at least 4 parts)
205. Grade 4 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
206. Grade 4 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 2 parts)
207. Grade 3 – March, Strathspey & Reel (M at least 4 parts, S & R each at least 2 parts)
208. Grade 3 – 6/8 March (at least 4 parts)
209. Grade 2 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
210. Grade 2 – Hornpipe & Jig (each tune at least 4 parts)
211. Grade 1 – March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
212. Grade 1 – Hornpipe & Jig (each tune at least 4 parts)
213. Ungraded, evaluation-only – Any tune.

Solo Bass Drumming Events:

301. Novice (Grade 4 & 5) - Any March (at least 2 parts)
302. Intermediate (Grade 3 & 2) - March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
303. Advanced (Grade 1) - March, Strathspey & Reel (each tune at least 4 parts)
304. Ungraded, evaluation-only - Any tune

Band Events:

401. Pipe Band Style Musical Ensemble - Two or more performers playing a tune or medley of tunes of up to 10 minutes maximum. Musicians can include any combination of pipers, side drummers, tenor drummers, or bass drummers. Musicians can record together or separately and be edited together.
402. Freestyle Musical Ensemble - Two or more performers playing a tune or medley of tunes of up to 10 minutes maximum. Musicians can include any combination of musicians, singers, dancers, or performers. Must include a minimum of one piper. Musicians can record together or separately and be edited together.