March 31, 2000

Toronto Professional Knockout Offers $1000 Prize

The Toronto Branch of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario has decided to sweeten the pot for its annual Professional Piping Knockout Competition by offering a prize of $1000 to the winner.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 22, at branch headquarters at the Toronto Scottish Officers Mess at Fort York Armoury in Toronto’s west end.

The $1000 will by no means come easily to the winner. All three rounds of the event will be held on the same day. The first round will see competitors play a March, Strathspey & Reel of their own choice. From that, eight players will go through to the next round, a Hornpipe & Jig event.

The final round sees four players go head-to-head with a 5-7 minute selection of their own choice.

In addition to the first prize, it is reported that $500 will be offered for second, and $300 for third.

Since the Toronto branch of the PPBSO decided to forego the annual Indoor Games because of logistical and cost restrictions, president Jim McDonald and his executive committee decided to dedicate most of its annual funds to the knockout.

Among the competitors expected to take part in the event are Alasdair Gillies of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Ian MacDonald of Aurora, Ontario; and Michael Grey of Toronto.


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