MMA Cadets Take Top Spots at Midwest Bagpiping Championship

Capping off another successful piping season, Missouri Military Academy cadets took home top honors at the Midwest Pipe Band Association’s 2022 Terry McHugh Memorial Solo Piping Contests. 

In the MWPBA Junior Championship, Cadet Nathaniel Espinoza, a 10th-grader from Miami Beach, Florida, earned the highest score, making him the 2022 MWPBA Junior Solo Piping Champion Supreme. 

Cadet Adam Swenson, a ninth-grader from Youngstown, New York, came in just behind Espinoza to garner the second-place finish.

The MWPBA solo piping championships are held on an annual basis, with qualifying rounds held throughout the Midwest. Espinoza and Swenson qualified in Topeka earlier this semester. Both pipers played against each other for the junior championship’s supreme title, with Espinoza coming out on top.

In another impressive showing for MMA, Clayton Nelson ’22 from Franksville, Wisconsin, outscored the competition in the MWPBA Grade 2 Championship, making him the new 2022 MWPBA Grade 2 Solo Piping Champion Supreme.

Below, Espinoza (third from left) and Nelson (center) stand with additional winners and MWPBA president Jim Sim at the 2022 MWPBA championships in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, May 7.

2022 MWPBA Solo Piping Championship winners


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