Bassett wins Nicol-Brown Amateur

Published: October 31, 2008
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Albany, New York – October 11, 2008 – The 26th Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Championship was won by Johnny Bassett of Canterbury, New Hampshire. Bassett won the Piobaireachd and 6/8 March event and was fourth in the MSR to capture the top prize, which included airfare to compete at the 2009 Scottish Piping Society of London competitions in London, England.
Competitors, judges and organizers at the 2008 Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational. [photo: P. Glendinning]
Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice for Piobaireachd
1st Johnny Bassett, “The MacGregors’ Salute”
2nd Bobby Durning, Milltown New Jersey, “Lament for the Viscount of Dundee”
3rd Elizabeth Sheridan, Oakville, Ontario
4th Richard Gillies, Beaverton, Oregon
5th Thomas Harrington, Debert, Nova Scotia
 
William Ross Challenge Targe MSR
1st John Lee, Surrey, British Columbia
2nd Bobby Durning
3rd Jon Maffett, Reynoldsburg, Ohio
4th Johnny Bassett
5th Richard Gillies

Donald MacLeod Memorial 6/8 Marches
1st Johnny Bassett, “Cameron MacFadyen,” “Fairview Cottage”
2nd Jon Maffett
2nd Bobby Durning
3rd John Lee
4th Andrew Tice, Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey

Also playing but not in the prizes was Erik Leiken, Davis, California.
 
The judges for each of the events were Iain MacDonald (Saskatchewan),  Bobby Minnear and Nancy Tunnicliffe.
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