SFU, Troy, Stewart, Bowman scoop up overall awards at BCPA Gathering

Published: April 30, 2011
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Vancouver – April 22-23, 2011 – Simon Fraser University took both Grade 1 band events, James P. Troy was the overall winner of the Professional grade and Joseph Stewart the aggregate Grade 1 Amateur solo piping champion at the 79th annual British Columbia Pipers Association Annual Gathering that saw 151 solo and 12 band competitors. Troy won $800 to be put towards travel to a major contest in the UK, and Stewart received $600 to go to the George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Competition in Ontario in November. David Bowman was the overall winner of the Professional Solo Snare Drumming. The BCPA continued its use of communications by making the band contests and awards ceremony available live via video.

Bands
Grade 1 (two competed)
Medley
1st Simon Fraser University
2nd Dowco-Triumph Street

Drumming: Simon Fraser University

MSR
1st Simon Fraser University
2nd Dowco-Triumph Street

Drumming: Simon Fraser University

Grade 2 (Medley, two competed)
1st New Westminster Police
2nd Portland Metro

Drumming: New Westminster Police

Grade 3 (Medley, three competed)
1st Robert Malcolm Memorial III
2nd Greighlan Crossing
3rd Northwest White Spot United

Drumming: Robert Malcolm Memorial III

Grade 4 (Medley, three competed)
1st Portland Metro Youth
2nd Keith Highlanders
3rd Robert Malcolm Memorial IV

Drumming: Portland Metro Youth

Grade 5 (Quick Marches Medley, two competed)
1st White Spot V
2nd Fraser Valley Youth

Drumming: White Spot V

Judges for all pipe band events: Andrew Wright, Michael Cusack (piping); Arthur Cook (drumming); James W. Troy (ensemble)

Solo Piping
Professional
Piobaireachd
1st James P. Troy
2nd Jori Chisholm
3rd Alastair Lee
4th Colin Lee
5th John Lee
6th Edward McIlwaine

Judge: Andrew Wright

MSR
1st Andrew Bonar
2nd Colin Lee
3rd Jori Chisholm
4th James P. Troy
5th Will Nichols
6th Brian McKenzie

Judge: Michael Cusack

Jig
1st Will Nichols
2nd Brian McKenzie
3rd Gordon Conn
4th Alastair Lee
5th Colin Lee
6th James P. Troy

Judge: Andrew Wright

Grade 1
Piobaireachd
1st Eilidh MacDonald
2nd Joseph Stewart
3rd Raphael Mercier
4th Jamie Kubasiewicz
5th David MacNeil
6th Scott Wood

Judge: Michael Cusack

MSR
1st Joseph Stewart
2nd Jamie Kubasiewicz
3rd Alexander Schiele
4th Scott Wood
5th Eilidh MacDonald
6th Raphael Mercier

Judge: James W. Troy

Jig
1st Scott Wood
2nd David Stitt
3rd Raphael Mercier
4th Alexander Schiele
5th Joseph Stewart
6th Myles Stewart

Judge: James Beaumont

Solo Snare Drumming
Professional
MSR
1st Grant Maxwell
2nd David Bowman
3rd Elizabeth Shaw
4th Gavin MacRae

Judges: Arthur Cook, John Fisher

Hornpipe & Jig
1st David Bowman
2nd Elizabeth Shaw
3rd Grant Maxwell
4th Gavin MacRae

Judges: Arthur Cook, John Fisher

Grade 1
MSR

1st Colin Hearty
2nd Graham Haddon
3rd Amber Stone

Judge: John Fisher

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Colin Hearty
2nd Amber Stone
3rd Graham Haddon

Judge: Arthur Cook

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