Published: November 30, 2012

Sherriff rolls into The Hammer November 17th

The seventeenth annual George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Competition will once again comprise a full day of contests for 10 of the most successful solo pipers from around North America, with this year’s event occurring at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 70 James St. South, in Hamilton, Ontario.

Organized by the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, “The Sherriff” invites pipers from the various associations in Canada and the United States, with weighting given to those areas with a more dense concentration of competitors.

This year’s contestants:

  • Aidan Bowen, PPBSO
  • Kirk Brunson, EUSPBA
  • Andrew Donlon, EUSPBA
  • Callum Harper, PPBSO
  • Jamie Kubasiewicz, PPBA
  • Alexander Schiele, BCPA
  • Sarah Simpson, ACPBA
  • Joe Stewart, BCPA
  • Nick Theriault, WUSPBA
  • Dylan Whittemore, PPBSO

The competition operates with the assistance of an army of volunteers and donations from several organizations, including pipes|drums, which has supported the competition for more than 10 years, this year with $200.

The aggregate winner of the competition receives, among other prizes, a stipend to travel to a competition.

The 2011 event was won by Joe Stewart of Seattle who will defend his title – a rarity for the Sherriff competition, as many players, and especially the overall winner, move on to the Professional solo grade.

The Sherriff consists of three events: 6/8 Marches (10 am); Piobaireachd (1 pm); and MSR (7:30 pm), and will be judged by Michael Grey, Willie Morrison and Andy Rogers.

A brief reception and recital on the evening of Friday, November 16th, will take place at James Street Armoury in Hamilton, with Grey and Bob Worrall, the primary organizer of the event, performing.

The competition is named in honour of the late George Sherriff, who committed much of his life to teaching piping in the Hamilton area.

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