2017 marks the first time youth bands will compete against each other in the Northeast and Great American Irish Festival is pleased to host the final event of the season as well as crown the 2017 Northeast Junior League Champions.

This idea may seem obvious at first glance; however there has never been a group of viable youth pipe bands in the United States that are relatively close to each other.  The band’s directors met to coordinate the schedule as well as “Rules of Play.”  Knowing how their own members thrive in a youth oriented environment, they asked:  “Why not compete against each other?”

The agreed upon format includes Grade 5 Playing Requirements and allowing Playing Instructors.  Their goals are to improve the overall quality of youth bands through competition as well as to foster friendships between the bands.

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