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!

Callum Beaumont Concert

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Hackett Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208


An evening of piping by Gold Medallist and two-time Clasp winner, Callum Beaumont from Linlithgow, Scotland.

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

The 2015 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Hackett Blvd.
Albany, NY 12208


Ten of the finest Amateur pipers from across North America were 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.

2015 Results


Judge for the 2015 Nicol-Brown Contest:
Callum Beaumont, from Linlithgow, Scotland, has won both Gold Medals, and in 2012 was the youngest piper ever to win the Clasp at the Northern Meeting. He won the Clasp again in September, 2015, to add to a long list of accomplishments in solo piping. He is currently a piping instructor at the Dollar Academy, whose pipe bands won the Juvenile World Championship and Novice Juvenile Champion of Champions in 2015. Callum has played with the Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band, Shotts and Dykehead, Simon Fraser University, and Inveraray and District Pipe Band. His pipe band prizes include winning the World Pipe Band Championships three times, twice with Simon Fraser University and once with Shotts and Dykehead.

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

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 10, 2015
The Radisson at 205 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

Our private room opens at 7:30 pm.
8:00 dinner by reservation ($25.00)

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

Optional Drop-In Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Professor Java’s Coffee Sanctuary
217 Wolf Road, Albany 12205

Master Class

Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 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 were given the privilege of receiving instruction from Callum Beaumont, who had advice and encouragement about their performances. Pipers at all levels were invited to observe the Master Class and learn from the advice Callum had for each competitor. Topics included musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.

Email Maureen Connor: if you would like to be informed about next year’s Master Class.


2015 Events

Events from Recent Years

Archive of Champions and Judges