Stuart Marshall, pictured, from Stokesdale, North Carolina was the overall winner at this year’s Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping Competition.
Marshall was also the overall winner in 2020. His win at this year’s Nicol-Brown follows his win in the 2021 CLASP World Solo Amateur Piping Competition, held during Piping Live!. This year’s Nicol-Brown was held online, as it was last year. The popular North American competition began in 1982. Full results:
Ceòl Mòr – 1. Callum Bevan, Abbotsford, British Columbia (Corrienessan’s Salute); 2. Trevor DeMass, Murray, Utah; 3. Stuart H. Marshall; 4. Jessica Bain, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; 5. Scott Long, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
MSR – 1. Henry Michael Paluch, Aurora, Ontario; 2. Jessica Bain; 3. Sean Buchta, Tampa, Florida; 4. Stuart H. Marshall; 5. Callum Bevan.
6/8 March – 1. Stuart H. Marshall; 2. Jessica Bain; 3. Henry Michael Paluch; 4. Callum Bevan; 5. Andrew D. Prioli, Cranston, Rhode Island.
Overall: 1. Stuart H. Marshall; 2. Jessica Bain; 3. Callum Bevan; 4. Henry Michael Paluch; 5. Trevor DeMass.
The judges were Roddy MacLeod MBE, Bob Worrall, Jenny Hazzard, and Nick Hudson.
The Nicol-Brown features the 10 best amateur pipers in North America and is dedicated to the memory of the ‘Bobs of Balmoral’ – Robert B. Nicol and Robert U. Brown. Invitations are based on overall rankings and competitive results in the pipers’ home associations in live contests over the winter – and/or in virtual contests through the season. This was the 39th year of the competition.
Next year’s contest will take place on October 8, 2022 in Philadelphia.