Gordon's Crow About Success 2005!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PIPER, AARON TODD 2004 EUSPBA GRADE
IV JR PIOBAIREACHD GOLD MEDALIST(see right) AND OVERALL GRAND
AARON HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY UPGRADED TO GRADE 3 LEVEL OF
COMPETITION FOR 2005.
CONGRATULATIONS TO HEATHER GARDNER WHO HAS ALSO BEEN
UPGRADED TO GRADE 3 LEVEL OF COMPETITION FOR 2005!
SEMPER FI, STEPHEN TODD! Stephen, son of David & Lois Todd, has been sworn into the
Marine Corps and shipped off for Parris Island on March 7th. He graduated from Basic on June 3rd
CONGRATULATIONS TO THOMAS GORDON, SON OF MORRIS & SARA GORDON, FOR BEING
SELECTED FOR THE HANGAR THEATER'S DRAMA LEAGUE SUMMER DIRECTOR'S PROJECT
FROM MAY THROUGH AUGUST. Thomas will be heading up to New York City and then on to Ithaca,
NY where he is one of four invited to be an assistant director. This is a fantastic opportunity and
we are all very proud of the hard work Thomas has put into developing his talent.
Congratulations to HEATHER GARDNER for placing 2nd in Grade 3 Strathspey/Reel at Loch
Norman on April 16th.
Congratulations to AARON TODD for placing 1st in Grade 3 March and 1st in Strathspey/Reel.
Aaron was named Piper of the Day. Aaron also was the Pipe Major on the Field for the Greater
Richmond Pipes and Drums, and led them to 2nd Place. (We have been told he is the youngest in this
position in the EUSPBA)
Congratulation also to DAVID TODD for his 1st place in Novice Tenor Drum March Medley and
3rd Place in March. Heather's band, Charleston Police, placed 1st in Grade 5 and Grade 3 Band
Congratulations to Heather Gardner for being accepted to the Charleston, SC Police Academy.
Congratulations also to her for placing 1st in Piobaireachd and 2nd in March in Grade 3 Piping solo
competition at the Colonial Highland Games in Fair Hill, MD.
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for placing 1st in March, 2nd in Strathspey/Reel and 3rd in
Piobaireachd in Grade 3 Piping solo competition at the Colonial Highland Games in Fair Hill, MD.
Congratulations to Pipe Major Aaron
Todd and the Greater Richmond
Pipes & Drums for placing 1st in
drumming and 1st Overall in Grade
V Band Competition at the Colonial
Highland Gathering in Fair Hill, MD.
This is the ESUPBA Championship
Aaron, as Pipe Major on the Field in
the first two competitions the GRPD
have participated in this year has
taken them to a 2nd place and 1st
place. Out of 31 bands at Fair Hill
this year, Aaron, at 13, was the only
teenage Pipe Major, and is, from the
information we have been given,
the youngest in the EUSPBA.
Congratulations to Lois Todd who received the James Cash Penney Award
for Community Service in May, 2005. She was honored for her service with the Greater Richmond
Pipes & Drums as their quartermaster. The GRPD is a non-profit 501c organization which volunteers its
services for many community events
as well as educational services.
Congratulations to Jackson Todd, son of Joel Todd of Berlin, MD, for being named as Pipe Major of
the Virginia Military Institute Pipes & Drums.
Congratulations to Daniel Todd, son of David & Lois Todd, on his graduation from Hermitage High
School in Henrico Co., VA.
Congratulations also to Daniel who was sworn into the Marine Corps on June 10th. Daniel is on
the delayed entry program and is expected to ship off to Parris Island in September. SEMPER FI DANIEL!
Congratulations to Kristen Gordon on being ranked 30th on the East Coast in High School
Tennis Competition! Kristen is Dr. Jim Gordon's granddaughter.
Congratulations to David Todd who was given the Most Improved Tenor/Bass Drummer at the
National Piping Centre's USA Summer School in Winchester, Virginia on July 1st (final day of the
school.) Congratulations to Aaron Todd who received a Certificate of Distinction for his piping
participation at the school. Congratulations to Jack Gardner, son of Ted & Karen Gardner, for earning
not only a Certificate of Distinction, but also for sitting and earning both the Level 2 AND Level 3
Piping Certificates! Way to go Jack!
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for placing 1st in Grade 3 Strathspey/Reel and 2nd in
Piobaireachd at Grandfather Mountain Highland Gathering.
Congratulations to Stephen Todd for graduating 1st in his class in aviation mechanics at Pensacola,
FL with the Marine Corps. Stephen was the Distinguished Honor Graduate.
Congratulations to Aaron Todd for placing 1st in Strathspey/Reel with an AGL, 1st in 2/4 March,
and 2nd in Piobaireachd at the Ligonier Highland Games in Pennsylvania on Sept. 10th. Aaron was
the Grade 3 Piper of the Day.
CONGRATULATIONS TO HEATHER GARDNER FOR GRADUATING 1ST IN HER CLASS AT THE
CHARLESTON POLICE ACADEMY! Heather is now a PFC in the Charleston, SC Police Department.
Congratulations to Heather for her 1st place with an AGL in her heat in Grade 3 Piobaireachd at
Stone Mountain on October 15th! We are so proud of you.
CONGRATULATIONS TO AARON TODD for being upgraded to Grade 2 Solo Competition in the
EUSPBA. Aaron ended the 2005 competition season in 4th place overall standing for Grade 3.
Congratulations also to the Greater Richmond Pipes & Drums (led by acting Pipe Major Aaron
Todd in 4 of their 7 competitions) for being upgraded to Grade 4 Band Competition!
Congratulations to David Todd on his upgrade from Novice Tenor Drum Competition to Amateur
Tenor Drum Competition.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DANIEL TODD ON GRADUATING FROM PARRIS ISLAND ON DECEMBER
9TH! Ooh rah Daniel!
TED & KAREN GARDNER celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows in
October 2005. Their son, Jack, piped at the ceremony.
Sophia Gordon from London recently contacted us with the sad news of Stanley Watson's passing.
Stanley was such a large part of the Scotland organization having edited the Gazette for many years.
He will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
|Pipe Major Aaron Todd (far right) & the GRPD Competition Band @ Fair Hill.