November 30, 1999

Bill Weir Wins Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational

Hamilton, Ontario – November 20, 1999 – Bill Weir of Albany, New York, was the overall winner of the 1999 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Piping Competition here today in a closely contested event that featured 13 of North America’s top amateur pipers.

Weir achieved the aggregate by winning the March, Strathspey & Reel event, and two third prizes in the 6/8 March and Piobaireachd competitions.

Decker Forrest of San Diego, California, captured first prize in the Piobaireachd, playing a very professional rendition of “MacDougall’s Gathering,” one of the most challenging tunes in the repertory.

Andrew Douglas of Syracuse, New York, won the 6/8 March event playing “Duncan McGillivray, Chief Steward” and “Benguillon.”

“The Sherriff” has become known over its four years as the ultimate competition for amateur pipers and a stepping stone to professional. This year’s event drew a large crowd at the beautiful McMaster University Convocation Hall venue.


Piobaireachd: 1st Decker Forrest, 2nd Steven Tripp, Trout Creek, Ontario; 3rd: Bill Weir; 4th Lynda MacKay, Hanover, Ontario; 5th Douglas MacRae, London, Ontario.

MSR: 1st Bill Weir; 2nd Steven Jenkins, Georgetown, Ontario; 3rd Decker Forrest; 4th Douglas MacRae; 5th Lynda MacKay

6/8 March: 1st Andrew Douglas, 2nd Steven Tripp; 3rd Bill Weir; 4th David Duckett, Pickering, Ontario; 5th Decker Forrest.

Other competitors were Alison Dunsire, Camano Island, Washington; Mike Kotch, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Sebastian Launcelott, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Keith Petrie, Winnipeg, Manitoba; and Heather Scott, Norwood, Massachusetts.

Judges for the events were Willie Connell, London, Ontario; Michael Grey, Toronto, Ontario; and Andrew Berthoff, Toronto, Ontario.


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