The ten participants this year were selected based on results over the last year in the virtual contests that were held throughout North America. Their biographical details on each of the players can be found on the George Sherriff Invitational website here.
Big thank you to this year's adjudicators:
Richard Parkes M.B.E. (PM of Field Marshal Montgomery) and Chris Armstrong (PM of Scottish Power) who adjudicated the 6/8 March event and the March, Strathspey & Reel event and, double Gold Medallists Bruce Gandy and John Wilson who adjudicated the Piobaireachd event.
A huge thank you to Sharon Duthart who handled the logistics of collecting the recordings from the players and organizing all the details needed by the adjudicators. A massive job and handled brilliantly.
Now, on to the results and prizes. Medals were awarded for the 5 placings in each of the events. The overall championship is determined using a 5 points for a first place, through to 1 point for a fifth place. In case of a tie, the piobaireachd placing takes preference.
The highlighted name of the tune(s) is a link that will take you to a YouTube recording of their preformance.
6/8 March event:
5th place – Sean Buchta - Leaving Port Askaig and Mrs. MacDonald of Uig
4th place – Trevor DeMass - The Trees of North Uist and P.M. Donald MacLean of Lewis
3rd place – Stuart Marshall - The Braemar Gathering and Jean Mauchline
2nd place – Callum Bevan - Cameron MacFadyen and Tug Argan Gap
1st place – Mark McClennan - Kenneth J. MacLeod and Mrs. Melody Piper
Mark will be receiving the perpetual 6/8 March trophy donated by the Hamilton-Niagara Branch of the PPBSO.
Sean and Trevor will be receiving a copy of Sean Somers 'Out West Collection' courtesy Sean Somers and the City of Regina Pipe Band
5th place – Callum Bevan - The Groat
4th place – Zippa Curiskis - Lament for the Viscount of Dundee
3rd place – Stuart Marshall - The MacLeods' Salute
2nd place – Andrew Prioli - The King's Taxes
1st place – Caleb Thibodeau - The Big Spree
Caleb will be receiving the sterling silver Piobaireachd Society kilt pen generously donated by the Piobaireachd Society for the winner of this year's piobaireachd event.
Caleb will be receiving the perpetual trophy donated by the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, to be held for one year.
Caleb, Andrew, Stuart, Zippa, and Callum will be receiving a copy of Iain MacDonald's recently published novel 'I Piped, That She Might Dance', donated by Iain MacDonald and reelpipes.com
March, Strathspey & Reel event:
5th place – Jessica Bain - Captain Campbell of Drum a Voisk, John Roy Stewart, Peter MacFarquhar
4th place – Andrew Prioli - P.M. John Stewart, Tulloch Castle, Bessie MacIntyre
3rd place – Stuart Marshall - Mrs. MacDonald Glenuig, Dora MacLeod, Sandy Cameron
2nd place – Callum Bevan - The Taking of Beaumont Hamel, Maggie Cameron, Colonel MacLeod
1st place – Mark McClennan - David Ross, Cabar Feidh, Alick Cameron Champion Piper
Mark will be receiving the perpetual March, Strathspey & Reel trophy donated by the Dundas Pipe Band.
He will also be receiving a bound copy of Donald MacLeod's 6 books of music, generously donated by Scott's Highland Services.
Jessica and Andrew will be receiving a copy of Sean Somer's recently released 'The Out West Collection' courtesy The City of Regina Pipe Band and Sean Somers.
Charles-David Mitchell will also be receiving a copy of 'The Out West Collection'.
Overall 2021 George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Champion:
5th place – Caleb Thibodeau
4th place – Andrew Prioli
3rd place – Callum Bevan
2nd place – Stuart Marshall
1st place and the 2021 George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Champion – Mark McClennan
Mark will be receiving a beautifully engraved set of MacRae bagpipes donated by McCallum Bagpipes.
Mark will be awarded the unique perpetual championship trophy, donated by George Sherriff's family, and which contains George's own brass practice chanter.
Mark will also be receiving a pipe bag of his choice donated by Jack Lee and Lee & Sons Bagpipes.
Mark will also receive the George Sherriff Memorial Invitational drone banner to retain for one year and, $1000 for an overseas flight to assist Mark in his further competitive piping in Scotland.
Caleb will also be receiving a Naill long practice chanter donated by David Naill Bagpipes Ltd. and the new Flux moisture control blowpipe donated by its innovator, Robbie MacIsaac
Andrew will be receiving a Naill blackwood pipe chanter donated by David Naill Bagpipes Ltd.
Callum will be receiving an R. G. Hardie 'Infinity' blackwood pipe chanter donated by Alastair Dunn and R. G. Hardie & Company.
Stuart will also be receiving a Roddy MacLeod blackwood pipe chanter donated by Roddy MacLeod.
As first runner up, Stuart will also be receiving a gift certificate for $100 from Jim McGillivray and pipetunes.ca