A strong, 100+ crowd attended the most recent Ottawa Branch event, which featured B and A Drumming contests, and the A Piping Canadian Content Hornpipe/Jig contest. The evening also featured presentation of Eastern Ontario Champion Supreme awards, and the new Pipe Major Tom Brown Memorial Cup.
Pipe Major Tom Brown Memorial Cup Presentation
Early in the evening, a new trophy in memory of Tom Brown, whom we lost this past spring, was awarded for the first time. We are grateful to the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums, Ottawa for the donation of this trophy.
We were honoured to host Tom’s wife Michèle and their daughter Abigail for the presentation of this award to the inaugural winners, the Glengarry Pipe Band – Gr. Five. This trophy will be awarded every year to the “Most Successful Pipe Band – Eastern Ontario Champion Supreme – All Grades” as part of the Eastern Ontario Champion Supreme aggregate. This is defined as the band with the most 1st place finishes in Eastern Ontario contests with two or more bands competing.
Tom loved being a piping adjudicator, and following receipt of the trophy by the Glengarry Pipe Band, the band presented Michèle and Abigail with the framed scoresheet that Tom wrote for the band at the 2017 Ottawa Branch Indoor Games a couple weeks before his passing in May.
This presentation included announcement of the funds raised for the Tom Brown Memorial Fund since his passing, totalling more than $7,500.
The Ottawa Branch is grateful to everyone who contributed toward these lasting tributes to Tom.
A Piping – Canadian Content Hornpipe/Jig
In the evening’s piping contest, 13 contestants submitted a great variety of tunes written by Canadian composers. Congratulations to this year’s winner, Liam Melville!
Judge: Andrea Boyd
- Liam Melville – “Lord Montgomery of the Todd” (W. Ridley), “Ainsley’s Jig” (B. Gandy)
- Charles-David Mitchell – “William Grey” (M. Grey), “Ross Davison’s Army” (C.D. Mitchell)
- Hugh Metcalfe – “The Captain’s Pledge” (B. Livingstone), “Dunrovin Farm” (M. Grey)
- Ross Davison – “Lynn Sutherland” (M. MacIsaac), “St. Ninian’s Parish Ceilidh” (B. Worrall)
- Nico Gravel – “Hennigham Reunion” (B. Gandy), “Drew James MacIntosh” (B. Worrall)
- Greg Joseph – “Colin MacKay (R. MacKay), “Iain Grant” (J.T. MacKenzie)
Our emcee for the evening, Brian Williamson, captured some statistics throughout. Of the 26 tunes entered, six (26%) were composed by Michael Grey, followed by three each (11.5%) by Bob Worrall, Bill Livingstone, and Bruce Gandy. In total, tunes from 13 Canadian composers were submitted.
A Drumming – Two 6/8 Marches
Judge: Chris Bell
- Shahna Summers – “Mrs. Lily Christie”, “Bengulion”
B Drumming – Jig
Judge: Chris Bell
- Sarah McKinnon – “Flora MacIsaac”, “Jack Thornsbury”
Eastern Ontario Champion Supreme Award Presentations
The evening concluded with the presentation of awards to winners in the Eastern Ontario Champion Supreme aggregate across all categories. Congratulations to all!
We are grateful to the Scottish and Irish Store for donating this year’s awards.
- Grade 3 – Arnprior McNab Pipes and Drums
- Grade 5 – Glengarry Pipe Band – winners of the new Pipe Major Tom Brown Memorial Cup
- Grade 1 – Liam Melville
- Grade 2 – Finley van de Ven
- Grade 3 – Olivier Rommelaere
- Grade 4 – Paula Campbell
- Grade 5 – Charles Pianosi
- Practice Chanter – Noah Yateman
- Senior Amateur Piobaireachd – Charles-David Mitchell
- Intermediate Amateur Piobaireachd – Liam Melville
- Junior Amateur Piobaireachd – Nadine MacRae
- Novice Piobaireachd – Charles Pianosi
- Grade 1 – Rita DeNobriga
- Grade 3 – Shahna Summers
- Grade 4 – Sarah McKinnon
- Grade 5 – Susan Lunn
- Amateur Tenor – Andrea Jackson
- Novice Tenor – Nancy McKinnon
- Amateur Bass – Andrea Brennan-Doucette
- Knockout Contest:
- B Piping – 2/4 March
- 40+ Piping – Air & 6/8 March