Colin Johnstone, pictured, was the overall winner at last night’s George Sherriff invitational solo piping competition. The Aurora, Ontario piper’s first in the 6/8 March, second in the MSR and third in the Ceòl Mòr was enough to give him the overall title. Alistair Bevan, son of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Pipe Major, Alan Bevan, placed second overall.

The competition is for amateur pipers and is organised by the Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario. Ten pipers are invited each year. This was the competition’s 24th year and it took place in front of a good sized audience.

The venue was, as ever, St Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario.


George Sherriff.

6/8 Marches – 1. Colin Johnstone; 2. Alistair Bevan; 3. Kevin Darmadi; 4. Joseph Horwath; 5. Liam Melville.

Ceòl Mòr – 1. Tyler Destremps; 2. Liam Melville; 3. Colin Johnstone; 4. Liam MacDonald; 5. Alistair Bevan.

March, Strathspey & Reel – 1. Alistair Bevan; 2. Colin Johnstone; 3. Tyler Destremps; 4. Blaise Theriault; 5. Liam Melville.

Overall – Colin Johnstone; 2. Alistair Bevan; 3. Tyler Destremps; 4. Liam Melville.

Judges: Glenn Brown, Jim McGillivray and Michael Grey.