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George Sherriff Memorial Invitational

November 18th, 2023

The 27th Annual George Sherriff Memorial Invitational will held on on November 18 at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Ontario.

The adjudicators for this year’s competition will be Michael Grey, Margaret Houlihan and Willie McCallum. Our Master of Ceremonies for the day will be Peter Aumonier.

The 6/8 March event will commence at 10am. The Piobaireachd event will commence at 12:30pm after a lunch break. The final March, Strathspey & Reel event will take place at 7:30pm.

The church doors will open at 9am.

The results and presentation of awards will take place immediately following the March, Strathspey & Reel event in the evening.

A list of the 2023 competitors and their bios can be found here.


Pipe-Major George Sherriff

George-Sherriff-Memorial-InvitationalOn April 21, 1995 the Ontario piping community lost an ardent supporter and a 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 and 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 Pipe Band, under P.M. John Wilson, where he rose to the rank of Pipe Sergeant.  He retired from the band in 1967.

George was well known in Ontario as a dedicated teacher of the pipes and a composer of many tunes.  He was a loyal supporter of the Niagara-Hamilton Branch of the Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario.

George will be remembered fondly by his many friends and pupils.  His keen wit will be unforgettable to those of us 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 in Ontario.  This contest is named in his honour.


November 18th, 2023


Bob Worrall


St Paul’s Presbyterian Church
70 James St S,
Hamilton, Ontario ON L8P 2Y8 Canada
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