George Sherriff Annual Amateur Championship

PPBSO logoThis was the 20th year of this important amateur competition which featured some of the best young players in North America. Organisers are the Niagara- Hamilton Branch of the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario. The contest was held in St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Hamilton.

Overall Champion Piper:
1. Austin Diepenhorst (pictured above receiving his prizes from Senior Adjudicator Ian Duncan)
2. Kevin McLean
3. Ryan Praskovich
4. Tyler Bridge
5. Andrew Hutton

1. Austin Diepenhorst, John MacColl’s March to Kilbowie Cottage/ Islay Ball/ Grey Bob
2. Ryan Praskovich, Knightswood Ceilidh/ Piper’s Bonnet/ Miss Proud
3. Christian Rhoads, Colin Thompson/ John Roy Stewart/ Alick C. MacGregor
4. Jack Toohey, Arthur Bignold/ Lady loudon/ Bessie MacIntyre
5. Kevin McLean, John MacDonald of Glencoe/ Tulloch Castle/ Sheepwife

1. Kevin McLean, The Groat
2. Ryan Praskovich, MacGregor’s Gathering
3. Tyler Bridge, Big Spree
4. Sean Patrick Regan, King’s Taxes
5. James Dyson, Scarce of Fishing

6/8 March:
1. Austin Diepenhorst, Duncan MacGillivray, Chief Steward/Glendaruel Highlanders
2. Andrew Hutton, Ishbel T MacDonald/Price of a Beer
3. Kevin McLean, Cameron MacFadyen/ Jean Mauchline
4. James Dyson, MacNeill of Ugadale/ Blue Bonnets
5. Tyler Bridge, Bonawe Highlanders/Dundee City Police

Adjudicators for all events were I Duncan, A Boyd and A Berthoff.

george-sherriff-HISTORY OF THE EVENT
On April 21st, 1995 the Ontario piping community lost an ardent supporter and good friend. Before coming to Canada in 1947, George resided in Glasgow, where he started piping with the Boys’ Brigade. He played with a number of bands in Scotland. These included the Cabar Feidh, Stewart & Lloyd’s and Clan MacRae.

After emigrating to Canada he joined the Dofasco Pipe Band. He later joined the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, under P/M John Wilson, where he rose to the rank of Pipe Sergeant. He retired from the band in 1967. George was well known in Ontario as a dedicated teacher of the pipes and a composer of many pipe tunes. He was a loyal supporter of the Niagara-Hamilton Branch of the Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario.