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2019 Red Stick Regional Pipe and Drum Competition


The Seventh Red Stick Regional will be held on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Louisiana Highland Games and Celtic Festival in Gonzales, Louisiana.  The event will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, just a short drive south of Baton Rouge, LA.  Formerly held at the First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, we have only changed our venue, not our organizers!


We will be holding EUSPBA (Eastern United States Pipe Band Association) sanctioned solo piping events, as well as a sanctioned snare drumming competition.  Bass and tenor events will also be held, and while unsanctioned, we will follow EUSPBA rules and regulations.

The competition will include all events for piping and drumming in Grades I through V, including non-sanctioned Grade V events for practice chanter, on pipes and on drum pad.

This year we are also including an unsanctioned “Mini Band” competition. The Mini Band requirements include a minimum of 3 pipers, 2 sides and 1 bass. Music requirements are 6-8 parts of March music, simple time, no time limit.  For more details on all of these events, please see the registration form.


There will also be a drumming workshop Saturday afternoon, and both piping and drumming workshops on Sunday, from morning to afternoon, all led by our judges.  Workshop topics are yet to be determined, but will include classes for both band and solo players.



We have the following three judges adjudicating our competition events this year:

Jerry Finegan – Cary, NC       Piping, all aspects including Piobaireachd

Lyric Todkill - Houston, TX    Piping, all aspects including Piobaireachd

Ed Best – Yucaipa, CA            Snare


Other Information:



Our Host Hotel is the Town Suites Marriott in Gonzales, LA.  Discounted rates are available through the Games.  There are many additional hotels in the area as well.


Friday Evening Ceilidh

This will also take place at Lamar Dixon, and will include dinner and live music; admission is $10, and a cash bar will be offered.  More information will be available when the schedule is finalized.


Opening Ceremonies/ Massed Bands

If you are attending and are able to join us, please consider marching in the massed band during our opening ceremonies at noon.  We hope to schedule a break in the competition events for our judges at that time as well.



Events like this are never entirely paid for by competition and workshop fees, so we welcome any and all sponsorships!   Both monetary and prize donations are needed to keep this event going. Please visit our sponsorship page for more information.  Thank you in advance for any contributions you may wish to donate!

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