19th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational

The annual Sherriff Reception will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., at the Hamilton Armouries, 200 James St. N., Hamilton:

The 19th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational will be held on November 15, 2014 at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, 70 James St. S., Hamilton:





17th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational

The 17th annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Competition was held on Saturday November 17th 2012, in Hamilton, ON. Ten of the top North American amateur pipers were invited to compete in this prestigious event.

Callum Harper took the overall prize. The rest of the results were as follows:

Judges: Michael Grey, Andy Rogers, and Willie Morrison.

Piobaireachd

  1. Dylan Whittemore
  2. Andrew Donlon
  3. Sarah Simpson
  4. Callum Harper
  5. Kirk Brunson

MSR

  1. Callum Harper
  2. Alexander Schiele
  3. Dylan Whittemore
  4. Kirk Brunson
  5. Jamie Kubasiewicz

6/8 March

  1. Callum Harper
  2. Joe Stewart
  3. Nicholas Theriault
  4. Andrew Donlon
  5. Alexander Schiele

The pipes|drums article on this event, and some videos, can be found here.



16th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational

The 16th annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational Competition was held on Saturday November 19th 2011, in Hamilton, ON. Ten of the top North American amateur pipers were invited to compete in this prestigious event.

Joe Stewart took the overall prize. The rest of the results were as follows:

Judges: Reay Mackay, Colin MacLellan and Sandy Jones

Piobaireachd

  1. Alexander Schiele
  2. Jamie Kubasiewicz
  3. Ben Reid
  4. Dan Pisowloski
  5. Joe Stewart

MSR

  1. Joe Stewart
  2. Scott Wood
  3. Ursa Beckford
  4. Ben Reid
  5. Alexander Schiele

6/8 March

  1. Joe Stewart
  2. Scott Wood
  3. Ursa Beckford
  4. Alexander Schiele
  5. Dan Pisowloski

The pipes|drums article on this event, and some videos, can be found here.



Information on and History of the Sherriff

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 Pipe Bands.

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 fro mthe 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.

George will be remembered fondly by his many friends and pupils. His keen with will be unforgettable to those who knew him. He was never without a story or wee joke.

George Sherriff's unfailing support of many generations of young players has helped contribute to the legacy of successful piping from Ontario. This contest is named in his honour.