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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