Youngest Lee still basking in composition glory after winning $2,010 tune-writing prize
The youngest piper so far in the growing Vancouver Lee family piping dynasty is still over-the-moon after having his original tune chosen the best in a composition competition sponsored by the Canmore Highland Games that awarded $2,010 to the winner.
John Lee, youngest son of Jack Lee, gained the top prize in the contest, held in honour of the Canmore games’ twentieth anniversary. The new 2/4 march is named “Canmore Highland Games.” John Lee will perform his tune in September at the 2010 Canmore event.
“I had a lot of fun writing the tune and was very excited about the huge prize,” Lee said. “That was a real surprise. I have written a few tunes over the years, mostly for the Piping Hot Summer Drummer tune writing contests.”
Like his father, his Pipe-Major uncle, Terry; his cousin, Alastair; Colin; and his brothers, Andrew and Colin, John Lee also plays with the Grade 1 Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.
The Canmore Highland Games are celebrated by many as taking place in one of the world’s most scenic settings for a piping, drumming or pipe band competition.