SWORDS DRUMMER Michael McKenna has won the 2013 North American Gold Medal Drumming Championship held in Kansas City.
The annual Winter Storm Competition in Kansas City, Missouri, broke its own entry records for snare competitions outside of the World Solo Drumming Contest in Scotland when 23 professionalgrade players converged to compete in the North American Gold Medal Drumming Championships. Each contestant had to play a March, Strathspey and Reel ( MSR) in the qualifying round with the top eight going on to play a Hornpipe and Jig (H/J) in the final. Michael is a snare drummer with St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band, the only Grade 1 Pipe Band from southern Ireland to win the World Championship. Michael's recent success did not come overnight. His previous titles include All Ireland Under 16, Junior and Intermediate Champion. He was also a finalist and Medal Winner at the World Solos in Glasgow last year.