November 30, 2003

Top amateur pipers to star in Sherriff

The George Sherriff Memorial, the contest that many consider the world’s marquee amateur solo piping event, is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, in Hamilton, Ontario, with fourteen players accepting their invitations.

The top prize winners at “The Sherriff” often make the move to the premier competition level the following year. North American associations are asked to nominate their best amateur competitors from the year to be considered for the event.

2003 competitors:

  • Ambler Blair, Greensburg, Pennsylvania (EUSPBA)
  • Jacob Dicker, Sarnia, Ontario (PPBSO)
  • Kevin Douglas, Inverness, Nova Scotia (ACPBA)
  • Andrew Gibson, Barrie, Ontario (PPBSO)
  • Justin Gonzalez, Rock Hill, South Carolina (EUSPBA)
  • Brian Grant, Ontario (PPBSO)
  • Andrew Lee, Surrey, British Columbia (BCPA)
  • Dan Lidgren, Alberta (PPBA)
  • Kenneth MacKenzie, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (ACPBA)
  • Neil MacPherson, Coquitlam, British Columbia (BCPA)
  • Matthew Mitchell, Keswick, Ontario (PPBSO)
  • Eric Ouelette, Coventry, Connecticut (EUSPBA)
  • John Sutherland, Menlo Park, California (WUSPBA)
  • Andrew Walker, Emmaus, Pennsylvania (EUSPBA)

    The competition comprises three events: a Piobaireachd, a March, Strathspey & Reel, and a 6/8 March. Judges for all events are Sandy Jones, Brevard, North Carolina; Ed Neigh, Waterloo, Ontario; and Richard Parkes, Northern Ireland.

    The overall prize at the 2002 Sherriff Invitational went to Lyric Todkill of Tennessee.


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