It’s a ‘green light’ for the George Sherriff Memorial Invitational competition. With the ongoing concerns and restrictions surrounding Covid-19, the decision has been made to run the 2021 competition virtually. This will be the 25th year for the competition.
The selection of the ten players for this year’s competition was based on 2021 results for Grade 1 amateur pipers from the different jurisdictions throughout Canada and the United States. For the most part, these were virtual contests. In the case of several associations there were Champion Supreme results that helped determine the best all round piobaireachd and light music players.
Each player will be playing in three events: 6/8 Marches, Piobaireachd, and March, Strathspey & Reel. Their tunes will be submitted by October 18, with the players notified of their selected tunes on October 22. Their recordings will be submitted by October 29. The results from each event and the overall winner will be announced live on Facebook on the evening of November 20. This would have been the date of the traditional in person contest.
Here are this year’s 10 performers:
Jessica Bain – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Callum Bevan – Abbotsford, British Columbia
Sean Buchta – Tampa, Florida
Zippa Curiskis – St. Paul, Minnesota
Trevor DeMass – Murray, Utah
Mark McClennan – Guelph, Ontario
Stuart Marshall – Greensboro, North Carolina
Charles-David Mitchell – Kingston, Ontario
Andrew Prioli – Cranston, Rhode Island
Caleb Thibodeau – Toronto, Ontario
The adjudicators for this year’s competition:
Chris Armstrong and Richard Parkes, MBE (6/8 Marches and March, Strathspey & Reel)
Bruce Gandy and John Wilson (Piobaireachd)
The George Sherriff Invitational website will be updated shortly. In the meantime, we are absolutely honoured that McCallum Bagpipes will once again be donating an engraved set of MacRae bagpipes to be presented to the overall 2021 Sherriff Champion. And, this year The Piobaireachd Society is donating a silver Piobaireachd Society kilt pin to the winner of the piobaireachd event. Amazing prizes! R.G. Hardie, Reelpipes.com, Scotts Highland Services, Lee and Sons, plus several others have stepped forward to offer some amazing prizes for this year’s event. The list keeps expanding and will be updated on the website.
Stay tuned for more updates.
Bob Worrall, Director, The George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Amateur Solo Piping Competition