Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

Admission is free at all piping events during the Nicol-Brown weekend, thanks to the EUSPBA and other generous sponsors and volunteers. Your donations are always welcome!


Eric Ouellette in Concert

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm
First Reformed Church of Scotia
224 N. Ballston Ave (Route 50)
Scotia, NY 12302


Join us for a rare evening of solo piping by Eric Ouellette, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a current member of the World Champion Inveraray & District Pipe Band.

The recital will be a benefit for the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational, and a welcoming reception for the competitors. The competitors will be introduced and will receive their tune selections from the judges for the contest on Saturday.

The 2018 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm - ish
First Reformed Church of Scotia
224 N. Ballston Ave (Route 50)
Scotia, NY 12302


The finest Amateur pipers from across North America have earned invitations to play in an elite solo contest with three events: 6/8 Marches, Piobaireachd and MSR. The contest is dedicated annually to the memory of Robert U. Brown and Robert B. Nicol, the Masters of Piobaireachd.

The 2018 program will be posted in late September.
Until then, you may view a pdf of the 2017 Nicol-Brown program.
(Program graphics donated by Kevin Wisehart.)


The 2018 results will be posted after the contest.
Until then, the 2017 Results are posted here.


Judges for the 2018 Nicol-Brown Contest:

Nancy Tunnicliffe, from Lanesboro, Massachusetts, won the first Nicol-Brown Chalice in 1982, and judged the contest in 2007, 2008, and 2012. She brings a wealth of musical knowledge to the bench of the Nicol-Brown.

Eric Ouellette, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, won the Nicol-Brown Chalice in 2004, and has been a successful professional soloist in the US and Scotland since 2005. Eric won the World Pipe Band Championship in 2017 with the Inveraray and District Pipe Band.

For more information about the Nicol-Brown, contact Barb McCarthy:
tel: 518-682-2814

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Details coming soon.
8:00 dinner by reservation

Please email Heather Scott-Wisehart:
if you are interested in joining us for the 2018 dinner.

Master Class

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Details TBA


What is a Master Class?

Doesn’t this sound like a good way to learn?

Nicol-Brown competitors will be given the privilege of receiving instruction from Nancy Tunnicliffe and Eric Ouellette. Pipers at all levels are invited to observe the Master Class and learn from the suggestions given to each competitor. Topics will include musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.

Email Maureen Connor: if you would like to reserve a spot for this year’s Master Class.

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