Published: November 30, 2008

Sherriff Memorial features 12 top 2008 amateurs

The thirteenth annual George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition on Saturday, November 15th, in Hamilton, Ontario, will see 12 of the world’s top-ranked amateur pipers compete before perhaps the best judging panel ever assembled in North America.
 
With a change of venue to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 70 James St. South, Hamilton, Ontario, contestants will come from every piping corner of North America and will once again include the runner-up at the 2008 Scottish Junior Championships. Each of North America’s associations nominated one or more of its best amateur pipers based on results from the previous season.
 
Competitors at this year’s Sherriff Memorial:
  • Johnny Bassett – Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario
  • Bobby Durning – Eastern United States Pipe Band Association
  • Richard Gillies – British Columbia Pipers Society
  • Thomas Harrington – Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association
  • Erik Leiken – Western United States Pipe Band Association
  • John Lee – British Columbia Pipers Society
  • Jon Maffett – Midwest Pipe Band Association
  • Anthony Masterson – Eastern United States Pipe Band Association
  • Elizabeth Sheridan – Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario
  • Craig Sutherland – Scottish Junior Championship
  • Andrew Tice – Eastern United States Pipe Band Association
  • Jonathan Verrett – Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario
Judges at the year’s competition are Willie McCallum, Jim McGillivray and John Wilson.
 
The event starts with a 6/8 Marches competition at 10 am. The Piobaireachd contest begins at 1 pm, and the March, Strathspey & Reel starts at 7:30 pm.
 
The competition is organized by the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario under the auspices of the organization’s Music Board.

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