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.
What do you think? We always want to hear from our readers, so please use our comment system to provide your thoughts!
Do you have competition results? Be sure to send them to pipes|drums. We can’t report what we don’t know about! Please remember to support the businesses that advertise and make the not-for-profit p|d possible.
NO COMMENTS YET