Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

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

Judge’s Recital

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm

An evening of piping by Gold Medallist, Andrew Hayes, from Ottawa, Ontario.

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

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
10 N. Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

The 2014 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm

2014 Results will be posted here.

Ten of the finest Amateur pipers from across North America will be invited to play in an elite invitational 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.

Judges for the 2014 Nicol-Brown Contest:
Andrew Hayes from Ottawa, Ontario: Gold Medallist at the Northern Meeting in 2010; Piobaireachd Society (Canada) Gold Medallist in 2003; and three Bars to that Gold Medal in 2006, 2007, and 2008, among a long list of solo piping prizes. Andrew was a competitor at the Nicol-Brown contest in 1990 and 1991, and returns this year for the second time as a judge. Andrew is Pipe Major of the Grade 2 Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band.
Michael Rogers from Silver Spring, Maryland: Gold Medallist at Oban in 2000, and Piobaireachd Society (Canada) Gold Medallist in 2001. Mike was a competitor at the Nicol-Brown contest in 1984, 1995, and 1996, and returns this year for the third time as a judge. Michael was Pipe Sergeant of the Grade 1 City of Washington Pipe Band.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
10 N. Main Avenue
Albany, NY 12203 

For more info, contact Barb McCarthy: 518-682-2814

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Holiday Inn at 205 Wolf Road, Albany 12205
8:30 dinner by reservation ($25.00)

If you'd like to join us for dinner, please email Heather Scott-Wisehart to see if space is available and to arrange for payment. Space is limited, so the earlier you talk to Heather, the better.

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, October 13, 2013
Details To Be Announced. Watch this space.

Nicol-Brown competitors and their families are invited to have breakfast together along with committee members before heading for the airports and highways. We will wish our Canadian friends a very happy Thanksgiving.