Published: September 22, 2015

Ten wanted, 10 rounded up for Sherriff 2015

George Sherriff, namesake of the amateur championship.

The contestants for the 2015 George Sherriff Amateur Invitational Piping Championship on November 21st at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 70 James Street South, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, have been determined, and they comprise the expected who’s-who of top-flight non-professional pipers from across North America.

  • Tyler Bridge, Ontario
  • James Dyson, Nova Scotia
  • Austin Diepenhorst, California
  • Andrew Hutton, Ontario
  • Kevin McLean, British Columbia
  • Ryan Praskovich, Pennsylvania
  • Sean Regan, Virginia
  • Christian Rhoads, Missouri
  • Blaise Theriault, Nova Scotia
  • Jack Toohey, Oregon

Invitees are determined by their home piping and drumming associations with their 2015 Grade 1 Amateur competition success taking into account. The number of contestants from various regions is as commensurate as possible with the relative piping densities of each circuit.

The event again takes on the familiar three-contest structure, beginning with a 6/8 March at 10 am, followed by Piobaireachd at 1 pm, and a March, Strathspey & Reel at 7:30 pm, with prizes for each contest and an aggregate award.

A scene from the 2013 Sherriff Memorial, with 2012 champion Callum Harper performing.

The event is organized with the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, and managed by Bob Worrall and a team of volunteers.

In addition to the PPBSO, the competition is underwritten by sponsors, including pipes|drums Magazine.

Judges for the 2015 event are Andrew Berthoff, Andrea Boyd and Ian Duncan, and the emcee will be Patricia Kirkwood.

George Sherriff was a major contributor to teaching in the Hamilton area of Ontario. This will be the twentieth annual George Sherriff Memorial Amateur Invitational.

Liam Hilder of Coquitlam, British Columbia, was the 2014 George Sherriff Invitational champion.

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