November 30, 2007

McClamrock rocks 2007 Sherriff

2007 George Sherriff champion Ben McClamrock of Baltimore receives the overall trophy from PPBSO President Bob Allen.Hamilton, Ontario – November 17, 2007 – Ben McClamrock of Baltimore (pictured right) was the overall winner of the 2007 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition, held at McMaster University’s Convocation Hall. In addition to a trophy, banner and medals, McClamrock received $800 towards a trip to Scotland for piping purposes and a set of new pipes from McCallum Bagpipes of Kilmarnock, Scotland.

McClamrock’s first, second and third prizes across the three events put him in a tie with Alastair Lee of Coquitlam, British Columbia, for the overall prize, which was broken by McClamrock having a higher prize in the Piobaireachd event. Faye Henderson of Kirriemuir, Scotland, was third overall.

The 12 competitors at the 2007 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition.

1st Faye Henderson, “Lament for Captain MacDougall” (receives a bound complete Piobaireachd Society Collection)
2nd Ben McClamrock, “Lord Lovat’s Lament”
3rd Alastair Lee, “The Massacre of Glencoe”
4th Gordon Conn, Calgary, “The Parading of the MacDonalds”
5th Andrew MacPhail, Hamilton, Ontario, “The Bicker”

March, Strathspey & Reel
1st Alastair Lee, “The Young MacGregor,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”
2nd Faye Henderson, “The 74th’s Farewell to Edinburgh,” “Inveraray Castle,” “Bessie McIntyre”
3rd Ben McClamrock, “Willie MacLean,” “Blair Drummond,” “The Brown-Haired Maid”
4th Brittney Otto, Cultus Lake, British Columbia, “John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage,” “Cabar Feidh,” “The Little Cascade”
5th Andrew MacPhail, “John MacFadyen of Melfort,” “Susan MacLeod,” “Broadford Bay”

6/8 Marches
1st Ben McClamrock, “Ishabel MacDonald,” “Kenneth MacLeod”
2nd Alastair Lee, “The Heights of Cassino,” “Dundee Police Pipe Band”
3rd Jonathan Verrett, Manotick, Ontario, “Rab’s Wedding,” “P-M Sam Scott”
4th Jonathan Maffet, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, “Dundee Police Pipe Band,” “The Trees of North Uist”
5th Faye Henderson, “John D. Burgess,” “Tug Argan Gap”

Also competing but not in the prizes were Adam Baines, Sarnia, Ontario; Justin Celek, Pasadena, California; Dan Cole, Schenectady, New York; and Erika Kelly, Georgetown, Ontario. The top four overall prizewinners also received a new MC2 pipe chanter from McCallum Bagpipes.

All events were judged by Andrew Berthoff, Michael Grey and James W. Troy. Among more than 30 sponsors, pipes|drums donated $500 to the event, which is organized by a team of volunteers, spearheaded by Bob Worrall of Burlington, Ontario. Peter Aumonier was the emcee for the competition.




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