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!

Benefit Concert

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:00 pm

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

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

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Hackett Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208

The 2014 Nicol-Brown Contest

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

2014 Results

Ten of the finest Amateur pipers from across North America were 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 returned 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 returned this year for the third time as a judge. Michael was Pipe Sergeant of the Grade 1 City of Washington Pipe Band.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Hackett Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208

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

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Holiday Inn at 205 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

Our private room opens at 7:30 pm.
8:00 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.

Optional Drop-In Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

The Library Room is reserved for our group. Nicol-Brown competitors, committee members, family, and friends are invited to drop in at a time that fits their travel plans before heading for the airport or the highways. Choose a table and the wait staff will take your order for breakfast. Separate checks have been approved by Professor Java.