March 22, 2018

#TBT: Maxville 1989 – McGillivray’s March for MacAulay

Here’s the latest never-before-seen photo from our files, continuing our Throwback Thursday series of images.

The stage is the Open March North American Championships at the Glengarry Highland Games at Maxville, Ontario, on August 5, 1989.

The piper is Jim McGillivray, who of course is one of the world’s most successful competitive solo pipers, piping teachers, pipe music composers, and piping entrepreneurs. Among the myriad awards he hauled in over his three-decade solo career were both Highland Society of London Gold Medals, the Clasps at the Northern Meeting, and the Glenfiddich MSR.

Jim McGillivray is of course a prolific writer for pipes|drums. Just input “McGillivray” in our Article Archives to bring up most of his consistently excellent contributions.

The judge is the late Scott MacAulay, who was only 33 then, but had already retired from solo competition. The following year he would become the first director of the College of Piping & Celtic Performing Arts in Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Sadly, MacAulay died from cancer in 2008 at age 52.

+ Scott MacAulay, 1956-2008

+ Hundreds turn out for Scott MacAulay tribute

On this day, the March result was 1st Bruce Gandy, 2nd Andrew Bonar, 3rd John MacKenzie, 4th Jim McGillivray. Bonar, who was then living in Ontario as he was studying to become an air traffic controller, was the Professional Piper of the Day for overall success in the top grade’s events.

If you have a photo from the distant past that’s never before been published, feel free to drop us a line. We’d love to see what you have for our #TBT series.


Jim McGillivray competing in the Open March for judge Scott MacAulay, Glengarry Highland Games, Maxville, Ontario, August 5, 1989. [Photo copyright pipes|drums]





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