Hamilton, Ontario – November 17, 2012 – Callum Harper of Bolton, Ontario, emerged the overall winner and 2012 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition champion at the annual event, held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in the downtown of Canada’s seventh biggest city. Harper took the prize with firsts in the MSR and 6/8 Marches events, and a fourth in the Piobaireachd.
The competition showcases 10 of the most successful Grade 1 Amateur soloists from across North America, each nominated by their home associations. Among other prizes, the aggregate winner of the Sherriff receives a stipend of $800 to travel to compete in Scotland and a set of pipes from McCallum Bagpipes.
As a nonprofit, pipes|drums Magazine donated $200 to the event, which has a long list of sponsors and volunteers.
1st Dylan Whittemore, Kitchener, Ontario, “The MacFarlanes’ Gathering”
2nd Andrew Donlon, Germantown, Maryland, “The Marquis of Argyle’s Salute”
3rd Sarah Simpson, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, “Corrienessan’s Salute”
4th Callum Harper, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
5th Kirk Brunson, Derry, New Hampshire, “The Groat”
1st Callum Harper, “Angus MacKinnon of Eigg,” “The Doune of Invernochty,” “Neil Angus MacDonald”
2nd Alexander Schiele, Snohomish, Washington, “Knightswood Ceilidh,” “MacBeth’s Strathspey,” “Major David Manson”
3rd Dylan Whittemore, “Capt. Campbell of Drumavoisk,” “Dora MacLeod,” “Willie Murray’s”
4th Kirk Brunson, The Pap of Glencoe,” “Susan MacLeod,” “Alick C. MacGregor”
5th Jamie Kubasiewicz, Winnipeg, Manitoba, “The Braes of Castle Grant,” “John Roy Stewart,” “Ca’ the Ewes”
1st Callum Harper
2nd Joe Stewart, Seattle
3rd Nicholas Theriault, Danville, California
4th Andrew Donlon
5th Alexander Schiele
All events were judged by Michael Grey, Willie Morrison, and Andy Rogers. Also competing but not in the prizes was Aiden Bowen, Pickering, Ontario.