- Sept. 12, 2021
-- NYC Bagpipes' Cristopher Rodriguez earned 1st place overall at the 8th Annual Covenanter Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Grade 2 solo bagpiping. The annual competition was held in Quarryville, Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2021. The competition had 5 events for Grade 2, including 2/4 March, Strathspey/Reel, 6/8 March, Piobaireachd, and Hornpipe/Jig. Cristopher earned 1st place in the 2/4 March and Hornpipe/Jig events; he also earned 2nd place in the 6/8 March and Piobaireachd events. The competition has become well known for its signature bobble head bagpipe trophy.
The event followed a week after his performance with the Sean McGonigal Memorial Pipe Band's 1st place victory for Grade 4 Pipe Band at the Capital District Games on September 4th. He will be playing again with the band on September 25th at the annual Celtic Classic, held in Bethleham, Pennsylvania.
Cristopher Rodriguez is the lead piper and author for an online bagpipe website made to help people hire a bagpiper and to learn how to play the bagpipes, called NYCBagpipes.com (https://www.nycbagpipes.com