November 30, 2011

Joe Stewart: 2011 George Sherriff Amateur Champion

Hamilton, Ontario – November 19, 2011 – Joe Stewart of Seattle was named overall champion at the 2011 George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational Solo Piping Competition, held in downtown Hamilton at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. Stewart gained the top prize, which included $800 towards travel to a competition and a set of pipes, by placing fist in the MSR and 6/8 Marches and fifth in the Piobaireachd.

1st Alexander Schiele, Snohomish, Washington, “The Unjust Incarceration”
2nd Jamie Kubasiewicz, Winnipeg
3rd Ben Reid, Port Dover, Ontario
4th Dan Pisowloski, Canterbury, Connecticut
5th Joe Stewart

1st Joe Stewart, “The Glengarry Gathering,” “Shepherd’s Crook,” “Brown-Haired Maid”
2nd Scott Wood, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, “Bonnie Ann,” “John Roy Stewart,” “The Little Cascade”
3rd Ursa Beckford, Clifton, Maine, “David Ross,” “Maggie Cameron,” “The Little Cascade”
4th Ben Reid, “The Clan MacColl,” “Lady MacKenzie of Gairloch,” “The Cockerel in the Creel”
5th Alexander Schiele, “The 93rd at Modder River,” “Islay Ball,” “The Grey Bob”

6/8 March
1st Joe Stewart
2nd Scott Wood
3rd Ursa Beckford
4th Alexander Schiele
5th Dan Pisowloski

Also competing but not in the prizes were Jon Bellia, London, Ontario; Brendan Culver, Orangeville, Ontario; Marshall German, Corona, California; Ian Juurlink, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; and Eilidh MacDonald, Regina, Saskatchewan.

The competition was judged by Sandy Jones, Reay Mackay and Colin MacLellan.

pipes|drums Magazine made a monetary contribution to the event.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for HD video from the 2011 Sherriff Memorial.


  1. Kudos to Dowco Triumph Street for their dedication to and support of these top 3 young players (Joe: 16, Alexander:15, Scott 19). This is likely the first time any band has had 3 players win the top 3 at this event, no?



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