May 31, 2003

Cusack Wins Both Events At Livingstone Invitational

Hamilton, Ontario – May 10, 2003 – The 2003 William Livingstone Sr. Memorial Invitational Piping Competition was won by Michael Cusack of Houston, Texas, who placed first in both the piobaireachd and light music events.

Eleven pipers competed in the contest, which is considered by many to be the pre-eminent invitational event in North America.

1st Mike Cusack, “Lament for the Children”
2nd James MacHattie, Toronto, “Glengarry’s March”
3rd Alasdair Gillies, Pittsburgh, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”

Competitors submitted four tunes of their own choice.

March, Strathspey, Reel, Hornpipe, & Jig (once through, own choice)
1st Mike Cusack, “John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Lady Louden,” “The Cockerel in the Creel,” “Donald MacLeod,” “Jimmy MacGregor”
2nd Michael Grey, Dundas, Ontario, “Jamie MacInnis of Cape Breton,” “Dornie Ferry,” “Neil Angus MacDonald,” “Sgt. Malkie Bow’s Consternation,” “Finlay MacKenzie”
3rd Alasdair Gillies, “Mrs. John MacColl,” “Inveraray Castle,” “Johnnie MacDonald’s Reel,” “P-M George S. Allan,” “Alex MacDonald”

Also competing but not in the prizes were Peter Aumonier, Oakville, Ont.; Andrew Berthoff, Toronto; Rob Crabtree, Toronto; Andrew Hayes, Ottawa; Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ont.; Ed Neigh, Wellesley, Ont.; and Ken Sutherland, Menlo Park, Calif.

Both events were judged by Willie Connell, John MacKenzie, and Bob Worrall.

The aggregate winner of the Livingstone qualifies to play in the MacAllan Solo Piping Competition in Lorient, France, in August.


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