Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

The 39th Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational
Piping Competition

The competition will be held in Cyberspace via video submissions.

 

The 2021 Piobaireachd Judges:

Roddy MacLeod, MBE from Glasgow, Scotland
Nick Hudson from Houston, Texas

The 2021 Light Music Judges:

Bob Worrall from Burlington, Ontario
Jenny Hazzard from Edinburgh, Scotland

 

Friday, October 8, 2021

Our judges will start the Nicol-Brown weekend with a brilliant concert by video from their homes in the U.S., Canada, and Scotland.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

The awards ceremony for the competition will be hosted via Zoom at noon Eastern Time on October 9 and the prizes listed below will be mailed to the competitors. Two Master Classes, will be held on Zoom after the Awards Ceremony, with thanks to the EUSPBA and other generous sponsors and volunteers.

Your donations are always welcome!

View a pdf of the 2020 program. and watch this space for the 2021 program, to be posted in October.

View a collection of photos through the years or browse through our Facebook photo albums.

 

The 2020 Prize McCallum Chanter

Overall Nicol-Brown Championship

  1. PIPER TBA
    Prizes: The Nicol-Brown Champion’s Chanter—a blackwood McCallum “CeòL” pipe chanter with a custom-designed sole, donated by McCallum Bagpipes; Plus expenses up to $1000, donated by the NHSCOT Fund, to be used to compete in a major solo contest (when travel is possible) to be approved by the Nicol-Brown committee.
  2. PIPER TBA
    Prize: A set of Pipers’ Choice Kitchen Pipes donated by Jim Scott of Scott’s Highland Services in London, Ontario.
  3. PIPER TBA
    Prize: A McCallum “CeòL” B-flat polypenco pipe chanter donated by Henderson’s Ltd. in Traverse City, Michigan.
  4. PIPER TBA
    Prize: A $150 piping scholarship, sponsored by Doreen Forney in memory of Pipe Major Angus Macdonald, 1st Battalion Scots Guards.
  5. PIPER TBA
    Prize: A $100 piping scholarship, sponsored by Doreen Forney in memory of Pipe Major Angus Macdonald, 1st Battalion Scots Guards.

 

The Nicol-Brown Chalice

Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice for Piobaireachd

  1. PIPER TBA (9 points)
    Tune: Video link to be posted here.
    Prize: A bound Piobaireachd Society Collection, Volumes 1-16, donated by Jon Maffett from The Piper’s Hut in Pickerington, Ohio.
  2. PIPER TBA (7 points)
    Tune: Video link to be posted here.
    Prizes: A custom-made leather pipe bag, created and donated by Andrew Hagen of Hagen Leather in Port Charlotte, Florida; and a copy of Pipers Meeting: New Tunes from the Campbell Canntaireachd, donated by Iain MacDonald from reelpipes.com in Regina, Saskatchewan.
  3. PIPER TBA (6 points)
    Tune: Video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA
  4. PIPER TBA (5 points)
    Tune: Video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA
  5. PIPER TBA (4 points)
    Tune: Video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA

 

The Wm Ross Challenge Targe

William Ross Challenge Targe MSR Competition

  1. PIPER TBA (8 points)
    “March,” “Strathspey,” and “Reel” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: A McCallum long blackwood practice chanter with engraved sole, bowl, and presentation ferrule donated by The Piper’s Dojo.
  2. PIPER TBA (6 points)
    “March,” “Strathspey,” and “Reel” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: A bound copy of William Ross’s Collection sponsored by Doreen Forney in memory of Pipe Major Angus Macdonald, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards.
  3. PIPER TBA (5 points)
    “March,” “Strathspey,” and “Reel” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: A Zoom iQ7 Mid-Side Stereo Microphone, sponsored by Bruce and Betsy Douglas.
  4. PIPER TBA (4 points)
    “March,” “Strathspey,” and “Reel” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA
  5. PIPER TBA (3 points)
    “March,” “Strathspey,” and “Reel” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA

 

The Donald MacLeod Silver Buckle

Donald MacLeod Memorial 6/8 March Competition

  1. PIPER TBA (6 points)
    “march” and “march” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: The Donald MacLeod Memorial Silver Buckle created and donated by Stephen Walker of Walker Metalsmiths in Andover, New York.
  2. PIPER TBA (4 points)
    “march” and “march” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: A bound copy of Donald MacLeod’s Collection sponsored by Charles McKee of Rockville, Maryland.
  3. PIPER TBA (3 points)
    “march” and “march” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA
  4. PIPER TBA (2 points)
    “march” and “march” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA
  5. PIPER TBA (1 point)
    “march” and “march” video link to be posted here.
    Prize: TBA

Dress and Deportment

(Judged by Donald F. Lindsay)

This prize is a special recognition for the effort and thought put into the presentation of performances, showing respect for the contest and bringing dignity to the music.

  1. PIPER TBA
    Prize: A $100 gift certificate for Walker Metalsmiths sponsored by Jane and Jim Spicer of Columbia, Maryland.

Congratulations!

Each competitor will receive the coveted Nicol-Brown lapel pin.

Nicol-Brown Lapel Pin

2021 Competitors

Invitations to the Nicol-Brown Competition this year are based on overall season rankings and competitive results in live and/or virtual solo contests sponsored by the piping and pipe band associations of North America; as well as results from other independent contests that show the highest standards of amateur piping. All invited pipers must have significant results at the highest amateur level in both Piobaireachd and Light Music.

  • JESSICA BAIN (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)
    Significant prizes in Atlantic Canada, PPBSO, and EUSPBA contests in 2021. Grade 1 Piper of the Day (with Firsts in Piobaireachd and 6/8 Marches) in the Great Lakes Pipe Band Virtual Contest (EUSPBA) in August 2021. Fourth Place Overall in the 2020 Nicol-Brown Competition.
  • CALLUM BEVAN (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
    Eleven 1sts and one 2nd Place in 12 virtual events held by the BC Pipers’ Assoc. from November 2020 through August 2021. One of eight finalists in the 2021 MacGregor Memorial Piobaireachd Competition for pipers under the age of 22.
  • SEAN BUCHTA (Tampa, Florida)
    Second Place out of 73 Grade 1 competitors in the 2021 EUSPBA Season Standings for both Light Music and Piobaireachd, after competing in 29 sanctioned events through August 2021. First Place in the May 2021 MacMillan Pipe Band Virtual MSR contest (EUSPBA) with 20 competitors.
  • ZIPPA CURISKIS (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
    Significant prizes in EUSPBA and WUSPBA Grade 1 contests in 2021. First in Grade 1 Piobaireachd at the Redding, California Virtual Contest (WUSPBA) in March 2021, and First in Grade 1 Piobaireachd and 6/8 Marches at the Loch Norman, North Carolina Virtual Contest (EUSPBA) in May 2021.
  • TREVOR DEMASS (Murray, Utah)
    First in the 2021 WUSPBA combined aggregate standings for Grade 1 Light Music and Piobaireachd through August 2021. 2nd Overall in the 2020–2021 CLASP League Table, including Overall Grade 1 wins in the January 2021 and March 2021 competitions. 2nd Overall in the Summer 2021 World Online Solo Championships.
  • SCOTT LONG (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia)
    First overall in the 2020–2021 CLASP League Table with ten prizes over ten months in Grade 1 events including 31 international competitors.
  • STUART H. MARSHALL (Greensboro, North Carolina)
    2020 Nicol-Brown Overall Champion and Piobaireachd Champion. First in Grade 1 Piobaireachd at the June 2021 CLASP Virtual Highland Games with 28 competitors. Overall Grade 1 Winner and First in Grade 1 Piobaireachd at the August 2021 World Solo Amateur Piping Competition @Piping Live! with 23 competitors.
  • CHARLES-DAVID MITCHELL (Kingston, Ontario)
    First in PPBSO Champion Supreme standings for Senior Amateur Piobaireachd through August 2021, and 2nd overall in combined season standings for Light Music and Piobaireachd. First Place in Piobaireachd in the March 2021 Virtual CLASP event, hosted by the National Piping Centre in Glasgow.
  • HENRY MICHAEL PALUCH (Aurora, Ontario)
    The 2020 Nicol-Brown MSR Champion and 2020 Nicol-Brown 6/8 March Champion.
  • ANDREW D. PRIOLI (Cranston, Rhode Island)
    First out of 73 Grade 1 competitors in the 2021 EUSPBA Season Standings through August for both Light Music and Piobaireachd, after competing in 37 sanctioned events from February through August 2021. Two 2nd prizes in the August 2021 World Solo Amateur Piping Competition @Piping Live! with 23 competitors.

THANK YOU!

The 2021 Nicol-Brown Contest and Master Classes will be made possible by the efforts of many volunteers, donors and sponsors who are generous in their support of amateur piping. We would love to add your name here:

2021 Dedications

  • Doreen Forney’s donation was given in memory of Pipe Major Angus Macdonald.
  • Rick Woolard’s donation was given in memory of Ronald Morrison of South Uist.

Please contact Paula Glendinning or speak to one of the other committee members if you would like to donate a prize for this year or a future year. We welcome cash donations if you would like to sponsor a scholarship or help with the expenses of the Nicol-Brown. We are happy to designate your gift with a dedication in honor or in memory of someone. Please let us know if you would like us to add a link or a dedication to your donation listing.

The 2021 Nicol-Brown Chalice Committee

  • Judy Campbell
  • Maureen Connor
  • Jim Feeney
  • Paula Glendinning
  • June Hanley
  • Donald F. Lindsay
  • Barbara McCarthy
  • Thompson McConnell
  • Sean Moran
  • Eric Ouellette
  • JoAnn Scott
  • Chris Shepherd
  • Jane Spicer

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