September 30, 2003

Ottawa Contest Pays Tribute To Officers

Ottawa, Ontario – September 27, 2003 –The seventh annual Memorial Police Invitational Piping Competition, an event that pays tribute to police officers who have died in the line of duty and which is part of Canada’s national memorial weekend, was held in Ottawa in excellent facilities.

John Wilson of Paisley, Scotland, a police officer, judged the event. Wilson also judged both Highland Society of London Gold Medal contests this year at the Argylshire Gathering and the Northern Meeting.

The Ottawa competition is organized and managed by Pat Hayes of the Ottawa-Carlton Police, and the Pipe-Major of that organization’s band. The contest has raised significant funds that go to the families of slain officers and is one of the most beneficent events in the piping world.


1st Andrew Hayes, Ottawa

2nd Andy Rogers, Fredricton, New Brunswick

3rd Roderick MacLean, Halifax, Nova Scotia

March, Strathspey & Rell

1st Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby

2nd Andrew Hayes

3rd James MacHattie, Toronto

Hornpipe & Jig

1st James MacHattie

2nd Andrew Hayes

3rd Ian K. MacDonald

The overall winner was Andrew Hayes. Also competing were Peter Aumonier and Ed Neigh. Unable to attend were Andrew Berthoff, Robert Crabtree and Bill Livingstone.


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