Vancouver – March 15, 2014 - Alastair Lee and Grant Maxwell were the winners, respectively, of the annual British Columbia Pipers Association Solo Piping and Snare Drumming Knockout Finals. The event was held at the association’s annual dinner before an audience of more than 100.
Lee and Maxwell survived several preliminary rounds to get to the final. All piping competitors received the Donald Ross Medal, in honour of the late BCPA Life Member who established the BCPA Knockouts in 1969, and all drumming competitors were presented with the Willie McErlean Medal, in honour of the BCPA Life Member and 1979 World Drum Corps Champion when he led the Triumph Street section to the title.
Piping Knockout Final
1st Alastair Lee, Coiquitlam, British Columbia
2nd Andrew Bonar, North Vancouver, British Columbia
Also competing was Alexander Schiele.
Snare Drumming Knockout Final
1st Grant Maxwell, Surrey, British Columbia
2nd Gavin MacRae, Vancouver
Graham Haddon also competed.
At the dinner Bill Quigg and Ruth Whyte were presented the Mary MacKinnon Memorial Service Award for their advancement and excellence in the administration, promotion and organization of piping, drumming, pipe band activities and Highland games in the Comox Valley of central Vancouver Island.
Jack Lee, Alan Bevan, James P. Troy, Andrew Bonar and Alastair Lee were each presented with a framed picture to celebrate their successes at the 2013 Argyllshire Gathering.