Joseph Stewart wins Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational

Published: October 31, 2011
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Albany, New York – October 8, 2011 – Joseph Stewart of Seattle was the overall winner of the 2011 Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping Competition, an event that brings in the previous year’s top prize-winners in amateur competitions from various regions in the United States and Canada. It was the 29th year of the event, which was judged by Bruce Gandy and Jack Taylor. Stewart received a trip to compete at the Scottish Pipers Society of London’s annual competition in London in 2012, and prize-winners got a slew of prizes donated by sponsors, from bagpipes to kilts to music books.

Overall
1st Joseph Stewart
2nd Ursa Beckford, Clifton, Maine
3rd Alexander Schiele, Snohomish, Washington
4th Scott Wood, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

Piobaireachd (Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice)
1st Joseph Stewart, “The Red Speckled Bull”
2nd Ursa Beckford, “Lament for the Children”
3rd Scott Wood, “Catherine’s Lament”
4th Alexander Schiele, “The King’s Taxes”
5th Eilidh MacDonald, Regina, Saskatchewan, “The MacFarlanes’ Gathering”

MSR (William Ross Challenge Targe)
1st Ursa Beckford, “David Ross,” “The Caledonian Society of London,” “The Sheepwife”
2nd Scott Wood, “Bonny Ann,” “John Roy Stewart,” “The Little Cascade”
3rd Alexander Schiele, “The 93rd at Modder River,” “The Islay Ball,” “Major David Manson”
4th Joseph Stewart, “Leaving Lunga,” “Lady Louden,” “The Brown Haired Maid”
5th Jonathan Bellia, London, Ontario, “Dr. E.G. MacKinnon,” “Bob of Fettercairn,” “Broadford Bay”

6/8 March
1st Joseph Stewart, “Ellenorr,” “Dornkop”
2nd Alexander Schiele, “The Trees of North Uist,” “Invercharron Highland Gathering”
3rd Ursa Beckford, “Monte Cataralto,” “Kenneth J. MacLeod”
4th Dan Pisowloski, Canterbury, Connecticut, “Ballochyle,” “Captain Lumsden”
5th Marshall German, Corona, California, “Nameless,” “Caverhill”

Also competing but not in the prizes: Ian Juurlink, Antigonish, Nova Scotia; and Ben Reid, Port Dover, Ontario.

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