Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

Admission is free at all piping events during the Nicol-Brown weekend, thanks to the EUSPBA and other generous sponsors and volunteers. Your donations are always welcome!

Willie McCallum Concert

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:00 pm
First Reformed Church of Scotia
224 N. Ballston Ave (Route 50)
Scotia, NY 12302


An evening of piping by one of the world's premier pipers, Willie McCallum from Bearsden, Scotland.

The recital will be a benefit for the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Competition, and a welcoming reception for the competitors. The competitors will be introduced and will receive their tune selections for the competition on Saturday.

The 2016 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
First Reformed Church of Scotia
224 N. Ballston Ave (Route 50)
Scotia, NY 12302


Ten of the finest Amateur pipers from across North America will be invited to play in an elite invitational contest with three events: 6/8 Marches, Piobaireachd and MSR. The contest is dedicated annually to the memory of Robert U. Brown and Robert B. Nicol.

2016 Results will be posted here when they are available.


Judge for the 2016 Nicol-Brown Contest:
Willie McCallum, from Bearsden, Scotland, is well-known in the piping world as a teacher, judge, performer, and remarkable competitor. He has won an astonishing number of premier prizes, and has qualified for the Glenfiddich Piping Championships 28 years in a row, so far. It is an honor to welcome Willie back for the 2016 Nicol-Brown Weekend.

For more information about the Nicol-Brown, contact Barb McCarthy:
tel: 518-682-2814

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 8, 2016
The Radisson at 205 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

Our private room opens at 7:30 pm.
8:00 dinner by reservation (Price to be announced.)

Please email Heather Scott-Wisehart:
if you are interested in joining us for the 2016 dinner.

Optional Drop-In Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

Master Class

Sunday, October 9, 2016 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Celtic Hall
430 New Karner Road
Albany, NY 12205


What is a Master Class?

Doesn’t this sound like a good way to learn?

Nicol-Brown competitors will be given the privilege of receiving instruction from Willie McCallum, who will have advice about improving their performances. Pipers at all levels are invited to observe the Master Class and learn from the advice Willie will have for each competitor. Topics may include musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.

Email Maureen Connor: if you would like to reserve a spot for this year’s Master Class.


2016 Events

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