October 31, 2007

Competitors set for 2007 Sherriff Memorial

Twelve of the world’s most successful amateur players have been confirmed for the 2007 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competitions on November 17 at Convocation Hall at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. It will be the twelfth year for the event.

The contestants are well traveled and come from every major piping jurisdiction in North America. Also competing is Faye Henderson of Kirriemuir, Scotland, who won the overall title at this year’s Scottish Junior Solo Piping Championships at Carnoustie, Scotland, in September. As part of her success, Henderson received airfare to travel to the “Sherriff.”

Competitors at this year’s George Sherriff Amateur Invitational:

  • Adam Baines, Sarnia, Ontario
  • Justin Celek, Pasadena, California
  • Dan Cole, Schenectady, New York
  • Gordon Conn, Calgary
  • Faye Henderson
  • Erika Kelly, Georgetown, Ontario
  • Alastair Lee, Coquitlam, British Columbia
  • Andrew MacPhail, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Jon Maffett, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Ben McClamrock, Baltimore
  • Brittney Otto, Cultus Lake, British Columbia
  • Jonathan Verrett, Manotick, Ontario

North American competitors are invited to the competition through formal recommendations made by their home associations, based on their competitive track-record over the previous summer. Representation is weighted proportionally to the overall numbers of competitors in jurisdictions.

Judges for the competition are Andrew Berthoff, Michael Grey and James W. Troy, and the master of ceremonies will be Peter Aumonier.

The competition is organized by Bob Worrall of Burlington, Ontario, who works closely with a committee of volunteers to ensure that all aspects of the competition run smoothly. The event is known for attracting considerable interest from sponsors, and is run in conjunction with the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario.

There are three events: 6/8 Marches (10 am start), Piobaireachd (1 pm) and MSR (7:30 pm).


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  1. WOH ! That will be an awsome day for a lot of piping lovers! All of these great pipers competing and the Frasers playing up the road that night. Seems like the perfect weekend to be in Ontario! I for one…………………can’t wait.

  2. And I’m sure the scouts from the major competing bands will all be on hand, clip-boards and pen in tow. Just like major junior hockey at the rink near you. Maybe the last place band should get the top amateur in a piping draft just like the NHL. In fact what goes on in the major pipe band leagues is akin to what goes on in major professional sport. Enjoy the competition.

  3. A very special mention for Bob and his team of volunteers that go far beyond the extra mile putting all their hearts and passion into staging this outstanding event. The success of the event year after year is living proof of their professionalism and dedication to piping.

  4. I had the honor of judging this event a few years ago. From the moment I was picked up at the airport until my return to same, everything was first class! The competitors were truly a credit to their youth and piping. I would echo previous comments about the fine job Bob and his associates have done with this event. My only wish is that we had these kinds of premier amateur piping events when I was young…



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