Mackay wins 2013 Nicol-Brown

Published: October 13, 2013
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Albany, New York – October 12, 2013 - Andrew Mackay of Kitchener, Ontario, was the overall winner of the 2013 Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition, the 31st annual rendition of the contest, held at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. The competition featured the usual bevvy of prizes, many donated by sponsors. Mackay received airfare to compete the Scottish Piping Society of London competition in November 2014, among other goodies. pipes|drums Magazine was a monetary sponsor of the event once again. All of the events were judged by June Hanley, Andrew Hayes and Patrick Molard.

Piobaireachd (Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice)
1st Andrew Mackay. “e Massacre of Glencoe”
2nd Aaron Stone, Sedro-Woolley, Washington, “The Park Piobaireachd #2″
3rd Jack Williamson, Topeka, Kansas, “His Father’s Lament for Donald MacKenzie”
4th James Dyson, Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, “All the Men Paid Rent but Rory”
5th Jordan Perillo, Winnipeg, “The King’s Taxes”

MSR (William Ross Challenge Targe)
1st Liam Hilder, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, “Major Manson’s Farewell to Clachantrushal,” “Delvinside,” “John Morrison of Assynt House”
2nd Kirk Brunson, Haverhill, Massachusetts, “The Pap of Glencoe,” “The Shepherd’s Crook,” “Alick C. McGregor”
3rd Callum Harper, Bolton, Ontario, “Angus McKinnon of Eigg,” “Arniston Castle,” “Neil Angus MacDonald”
4th Aaron Stone, “David Ross of Rosehall,” “The Piper’s Bonnet,” “The Sheepwife”
5th Andrew Mackay, “John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage,” “Maggie Cameron,” “Bessie McIntyre”

6/8 March (Donald MacLeod Memorial)
1st Jack Williamson, “John Gordon of Drummuie,” “Jean Mauchline”
2nd Kirk Brunson, “Cameron MacFadyen,” “The Ross Battery”
3rd James Dyson, “Frank Thompson,” “El Alamein”
4th Liam Hilder, “The MacNeils of Ugadale,” “MacLeod of Mull”
5th Aaron Stone, “The MacNeils of Ugadale,” “Ellenorr”

Also competing but not in the prizes were Andrew Donlon, Germantown, Maryland, and Campbell Webster, Concord, New Hampshire. Tyler Johnson, Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Nicholas Theriault, Danville, California, were invited but could not attend.

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TIP OF THE DAY
Mid-section plares: Always carry two pairs of mallets, keeping the spare set bone-dry. Regardless of the amount of practice or preparation you make before a competition, weather willáreact with your cords and mallets and subsequently adversely effect your ability to flourish efficiently. Bad weather can’t be avoided, poor preparation for the conditions can.
Scott Currie, SC Drumming, Uddingston, Scotland