WOPDC Fall 2020

Rules for All Events:

  1. Each event must be submitted in a separate video.
  2. For all solo events, each event video must be made in one complete take (no editing, or splicing), but use as many attempts as you want. (For Band events, see below.)
  3. Your videos must not be recorded before September 17, 2020.
  4. Registrations close on October 25, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. Registration fees are non-refundable.
  5. Videos must be submitted by November 4, 2020 at 9:00 AM PST.
  6. Your video should show most or all of your body, including your head. Your video must be lighted properly so your face and hands can be clearly seen. Videos with poor lighting or sound (backlighting, face and hands not clearly visible, distorted sound, etc.) may be not be accepted.
  7. Take your time with tuning and getting warmed up, just as you would in a regular competition.
  8. Upload your video to YouTube and set it to Public or Unlisted but not private.
  9. Your YouTube video title must start with the words “World Online Piping & Drumming Championships Fall 2020” and list your name and the event.  For example, “World Online Piping & Drumming Championships Summer 2020, Angus MacCrimmon, Grade 4 2/4 March”
  10. A list of all competitors and their city/state/province/country will be posted.  All videos and judge’s comments sheet will be posted.
  11. You are allowed one entry per event.  If you want to play more than one tune in a category (e.h. 2/4 March), you are welcome to enter the same event at a higher grade level (called “playing up”) or you can enter the Evaluation-only event for comments.
  12. If you are graded by your association, you may enter events in your grade and/or a higher grade, but you may not enter lower grade events.
  13. Wearing of kilts is encouraged, but not required.
  14. If you have never competed before, view videos of the winners of the previous online piping competitions to help you decide which grade level to enter.

Here’s some guidance for solo competitors from Australia and New Zealand to select the correct competition grade level.

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

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

Additional Rules for Solo Piping Events:

  1. We recommend that you say your name and the name of your tune(s) at the start of your video. (You don’t need to say your tunes for the Medley event.) For example, “My name is Hamish MacBeth.  For my 4/4 March, I will play Scotland the Brave.”
  2. Piobaireachd events: You must email the sheet music for your tune if your setting is not from the Kilberry or Piobaireachd Society books.
  3. Medley event: Your medley must be between 4 to 6 minutes.
  4. The Pipe Major Alasdair Gillies Memorial Challenge events are open to all pipers regardless of any competition grading, except Open/Professional. 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 November 4, 2020.
  5. Ungraded, evaluation-only event:  This is a non-competitive, evaluation event.  Play any tune. Your performance will be evaluated by a judge who will write a comments for you, but you will not be compared to anybody else. Submit as many tunes as you like, but each tune requires a separate entry and video.  This is a great option to get feedback for non-graded players or to play tunes that are not currently offered at your competition level.  This event may be played on the practice chanter or pipes.

Additional Rules for Solo Drumming Events:

  1. Playing on a drum is required except for beginner level events.
  2. All drumming events that begin with a march or hornpipe must start with two three-pace introduction rolls.
  3. No piper is needed.  You have the choice to play unaccompanied, with a live piper, or with a recording of a piper.
  4. If you choose to use a recording of a piper, the recording may be of a piper playing the Highland bagpipes, Electronic pipes, or practice chanter.
  5. Tenor and bass drummers may compete with an optional side drummer but it is not required.
  6. You must be in full view of the camera with your face, upper body, hands, and drum all clearly visible. If you use a live piper, they may also be on camera (but not required).
  7. Bass drummers should stand with one drum head facing towards the camera.
  8. We recommend that you say your name and the name of your tune(s) at the start of your video. For example, “My name is Hamish MacBeth.  For my 4/4 March, I will play Scotland the Brave.”
  9. Ungraded, evaluation-only event:  This is a non-competitive, evaluation event.  Play any tune. Your performance will be evaluated by a judge who will write a complete judging sheet for you, but you will not be compared to anybody else. Submit as many tunes as you like, but each tune requires a separate entry and video.  This is a great option to get feedback for non-graded players or to play tunes that are not currently offered at your competition level.  This event only may be played on the drum or drum pad, and tenor and bass drummers may play on table top or drum.

Additional Rules for Band Events:

  1. Band members can choose to record their performances together or separately and edit the videos together.
  2. Event 401. Pipe Band Style Musical Ensemble requires 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.
  3. Event 402. Freestyle Musical Ensemble requires 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.
  4. An individual can perform on more than one instrument.  Each instrument played counts as a performer.  So, a single person can enter band events, as long as they are playing two or more of the required instruments.

For any questions, please email us at competition@bagpipelessons.com.