April 30, 2000

Jack Lee Sweeps BC Pipers Annual Gathering

Jack Lee of Surrey, British Columbia, won the MacCrimmon Cairn for piobaireachd at the BC Pipers Annual Gathering on the Easter Weekend in Vancouver. The next day, he also won the MSR and Jig events, completing the clean sweep of professional piping events. Ed Neigh, Wellesley, Ontario, was 2nd in the piobaireachd event.

Other prize winners included Ann Gray (3 prizes) and Alan Bevan (2nd in MSR), Jori Chisolm (3rd piob) and Andrew Smith (3rd in MSR).

J. Reid Maxwell continued his winning year by taking top prize in both open drumming events.

Alison Dunsire of the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band was the top amateur piper of the weekend, and won a trip to the Sherriff Amateur Invitational Piping Competition in Hamilton, Ontario, in November.

SFU had two good performances in the Grade 1 bands, and the Maple Ridge Pipe Band won the Grade 2 event. In Grade 3, the Chilliwack Pipe Band beat the reigning World Junvenile Champions Robert Malcolm Memorial, and in Grade 4 the Edmonton Boys Pipe Band bested a large field of bands to take the top prize and Best Drum Corps.

Senior Judges for the weekend were Gordon Walker, John Cairns, and Liza MacAdam, and they put on an excellent recital in the Scottish Auditorium on Friday evening.

One of the nicest moments of the weekend was when BCPA Secretary Mary MacKinnon received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd for her work organizing the Gathering. Mary has been working hard for piping in BC for many years, and the BC Piping community took a moment during the prize giving to make its thanks known.


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