Mark McClennan wins the 2021 Sherriff


Mark McClennan from Guelph in Ontario was the overall winner at the 2021 George Sherriff Memorial Invitational that took place virtually at the weekend.

It was the 25th anniversary of this popular competition for North America’s ten leading amateur pipers. The competition is named in honour of the Glasgow-born stalwart of Ontario piping, George Sherriff and organised by Bob Worrall.

Plans are to return to an ‘in person’ contest at the normal venue of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario next year.


Ceòl Mòr – 1. Caleb Thibodeau (The Big Spree); 2. Andrew Prioli (The King’s Taxes); 3. Stuart Marshall (The MacLeods’ Salute); 4. Zippa Curiskis (Lament for the Viscount of Dundee); 5. Callum Bevan (The Groat).

Mark McClennan.

MSR – 1. Mark McClennan (David Ross, Cabar Feidh, Alick Cameron Champion Piper); 2. Callum Bevan (The Taking of Beaumont Hamel, Maggie Cameron, Colonel MacLeod); 3. Stuart Marshall (Mrs. MacDonald Glenuig, Dora MacLeod, Sandy Cameron); 4. Andrew Prioli (P.M. John Stewart, Tulloch Castle, Bessie MacIntyre); 5. Jessica Bain (Captain Campbell of Drum a Voisk, John Roy Stewart, Peter MacFarquhar).

6/8 March – 1. Mark McClennan (Kenneth J. MacLeod and Mrs. Melody Piper); 2.  Callum Bevan (Cameron MacFadyen and Tug Argan Gap); 3. Stuart Marshall (The Braemar Gathering and Jean Mauchline); 4. Trevor DeMass (The Trees of North Uist and P.M. Donald MacLean of Lewis); 5. Sean Buchta (Leaving Port Askaig and Mrs. MacDonald of Uig).

Judges: Chris Armstrong and Richard Parkes M.B.E. (6/8 Marches and March, Strathspey & Reel); Bruce Gandy (Ceòl Mòr)

Overall: 1. Mark McClennan; 2. Stuart Marshall; 3. Callum Bevan; 4. Andrew Prioli; 5. Caleb Thibodeau.

The ten players invited to compete were: Jessica Bain, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Callum Bevan, Abbotsford, British Columbia; Sean Buchta, Dunedin, Florida; Zippa Curiskis, St. Paul, Minnesota; Trevor DeMass, Salt Lake City, Utah; Stuart Marshall, Greensboro, North Carolina; Mark McClennan, Guelph, Ontario; Charles-David Mitchell, Kingston, Ontario; Andrew Prioli, Cranston, Rhode Island and Caleb Thibodeau, Toronto, Ontario.

• Watch a video of Zippa Curiskis playing Lament for the Viscount of Dundee: