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Amador County Fairgrounds

Saturday ~ June 9

Sunday ~ June 10


Gates Open at 9:00AM

Piping Judges

  Seumas Coyne

Seumas played in SFU in the 80s and 90s. BC piper of the year in 1991, won various prizes in Scotland, the "A" strathspey/reel (Oban) 2nd place in 1998. The Director of the James J. Coyne Memorial School of Piping and Drumming. Full-time in teaching, clinics, composing, and judging. He is thankful to be back in SFU again to play along side his respected colleagues.
  Ryan Murray

Ryan began piping at the age of 14 with the City of Sacramento Pipe Band in California, playing with the band from 1999 - 2005. He was a member of the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Band from 2007-2010. In 2010 he became the PM of the City of Sacramento Pipe Band. Under his leadership the band was upgraded to Grade III and had two very successful competitive seasons. As a soloist Ryan competes at the professional level adn was the overall winner of the Angus MacDonald Championship in 2011. He has studied with Murray Henderson, Ian Whitelaw, John Cairns, Seamus Coyne and Liz Tubbs.
Outside of piping Ryan is a professional orchestal conductor and is currently the ARtistic Director of the Townsend Opera, the Assocate Conductor of the Modesto Symphony and the Resident Conductor for the Music In The Mountains. Recently Ryan was announced as the winner of the 2016 - 2017 American Prize in Opera Conducting.
  Campbell Naismith

Campell Naismith is an adjudicator and form music board chairperson for the Western United States Pipe band Association. A prizewinning professional soloist, Campbell recorded the fine highland and national dance CD, Highland Dance Beat, and a CD of his own compositions. CHOONS,which features both big and small ipes accompanied by percussion. He has three published books of pipe music: The Vortex Street Collection, 1966, The Purple Land Collection, 2005, The Forest Leaves Collection, 2015, available through Vortex Street Music Click Here.
     Campbell has over 40 years of pipe band leadership experience including the L.A. Scots Pipe Band, The House of Scotland Pipe Band. and St. Thomas' Episcopal School Pipe Band.
  Janice Richey

Piping adjudicator Janice Richey, Pipe Major of the MacIntosh Pipe Band, has been on the WUSBPA judging panel since the late 1980’s. As a piper and piping instructor, she truly enjoys the challenge of listening to a piece of music and providing both positive reinforcement and construtive criticism to each competitor. First and foremost, she realizes what commitment and effort are behind every piper’s decision to prepare for competition and she strives to convey her admiration for showing up! She enjoys in equal part the young pipers with their quick learning curve, and adult beginners who are willing to take on this difficult instrument.

Drumming Judges

  Ed Best

Ed is a qualified, professional educator with over 30 years of successful pipe band experience and has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He has held many band and solo titles in all grades including North American Champion, East Coast Champion Supreme, Ontario Champion Supreme, West Coast Champion of Champions, and Canadian Champion. He has competed in, and placed, at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland and is an active adjudicator in highland games throughout the U.S. He active in both EUSPBA and WUSPBA as an adjudicator and serves on the Music Board. He has recorded a DVD for adjudicator training, available to the general public Click Here
  Dave Cubberly

Dave is a Drum Major for the Prince Charles Pipe Band of San Francisco, California. Dave has been a competitive Drum Major, instructor and adjudicator for over 30 years. He holds the record for cumulative 1st place wins in Scotland by any American Drum Major. By profession he is a Landscape Architect and a lecturer in the Landscape Architecture program at the University of California Davis
  Duncan McPherson

Duncan was reaised in a pipe band pedigree family, he started out with the City of Sacramento Pipe Band and quickly became the Drum Sergeant. As a youth, Duncan competed at the World Solo Championships in Glasgow. Through the years, he has won several prestigious drumming competitons. He eventually moved on to play with the Prince Charles Pipe Band again quickly moving up from Grade 3 to Grade 2 and finally Grade 1, the highest level for Pipe Bands. Duncan has played for the Los Angeles Scots Grade One Pipe Band.
He currently teaches pipe band drumming for several bands in the Sacramento and Bay Area. In 2016, Duncan became an accredited WUSPBA drumming adjudicator, which in itself is quite an achievement. There are only a handful of professional pipe band drummers that are WUSPBA approved drumming adjudicators in the Western States

Field Marshall

  Carol Marcopulos

Carol has been playing bagpipes for over 30 years. She began her journey while living in Australia, under the instruction of the late Alby Copeland. She was a learning member of the City of Footscray Pipe Band in Melbourne, Australia, which was under the direction of PM Robert Crozier, and Pipe Sgt. Geoff Ross.
In 1992, Carol returned home to Sacramento and joined the City of Sacramento Pipe Band, under the direction and instruction of PM Liz Tubbs. Outside of a break for several years, Carol is still an active member.
For over 15 years Carol has been very active in the piping community on the west coast in various capacities, including Field Marshal at the Sacramento Valley Highland Games in Woodland, Calfironia as well as the Mother Lode Games, here in Plymouth, Stewarding for solos and bands and as a WUSPBA representative, timing the bands at Pleasanton Highland Games.
She has served on the Executive Committee for the James J. Coyne Memorial Pipe Band, a Grade II band in Southern California, which is now defunct.
Her biggest claim to fame is that of being the guest solo piper accompanying Bryan Adams on his 2010 Bare Bones Tour at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, California.

WUSPBA Officials

Amara Reddick ~ Sanctioning Secretary
Suzan Karayel ~ Northern California President
Nancy Thierault ~ Band Registrar