Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

The 10th Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational
Piping Competition

Saturday and Sunday, October 12-13, 1991
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Second and State Streets
Troy, New York

View a pdf of the program.

An article about the 1991 Nicol-Brown Contest was published in the February 1992 issue of Piper & Drummer magazine.

Judge: Colin MacLellan (Maxville, Ontario)

Aggregate Nicol-Brown Championship

  1. Alan Bevan (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
  2. David Hicks (Port Colborne, Ontario)
  3. Skip Cleavinger (Bowling Green, Kentucky)
  4. Andrew Hayes (Nepean, Ontario)
  5. Jenny Hazzard (Woodbridge, Ontario)

Robert Nicol-Robert Brown Chalice for Piobaireachd

  1. Skip Cleavinger (“The Earl of Seaforth’s Salute”)
  2. P. Andrew L. Hayes (“Salute to Donald”)
  3. Jenny Hazzard (“Lament for Ronald MacDonald of Morar”)
  4. David Hicks (“The Desperate Battle”)
  5. Alan Bevan (“The Prince’s Salute”)

William Ross Challenge Targe MSR Competition

  1. Alan Bevan (“John MacDonald of Glencoe,” “Cabar Feidh,” and “The Smith of Chilliechassie”)
  2. David Hicks (“The 71st Highlanders,” “The Islay Ball,” and “Miss Proud”)
  3. Jenny Hazzard (“The Argyllshire Gathering,” “The Piper’s Bonnet,” and “Alick C. MacGregor”)
  4. Jeremy Freeman (“The Crags of Stirling,” “Maggie Cameron,” and “Loch Carron”)
  5. Skip Cleavinger (“MacLean of Pennycross,” “The Ewe wi’ the Crooked Horn,” and “Johnny MacDonald’s Reel”)

Donald MacLeod Memorial 6/8 March Competition

  1. Alan Bevan
    (“MacLeod of Mull” and “P/M Donald MacLean of Lewis”)
  2. David Hicks
    (“Bruce Gandy’s Farewell to the Iron Horse” and “P/M Donald MacLean of Lewis”)
  3. P. Andrew L. Hayes
    (“Dr. Ross’s 50th Welcome to the Argyllshire Gathering” and “Ballochyle”)
  4. Gordon Peters
    (“Angus MacKinnon” and “Redford Cottage”)
  5. Skip Cleavinger
    (“Mrs. MacDougall” and “John Gordon of Drummuie”)

20th Century Piobaireachd Competition

  1. Alan Bevan
    “Lament for Angus MacPherson of Invershin” by P/M Donald MacLeod
  2. P. Andrew L. Hayes
    “Ancestral Voices” by Scott MacAulay
  3. William Wiley
    “The Phantom Piper of Corrieyarrick” by John A. MacLellan


The four competitors for this event were: Alan Bevan, Andrew Hayes, Catriona Hill, and William Wiley.

Donald MacLeod Medley Competition

(A 5- to 7-minute medley of Donald MacLeod compositions and arrangements)

  1. Alan Bevan (“The Long Island,” “Captain Colin Campbell,” “Fiona MacLeod,” “Glen Orchy,” “The Old Woman’s Dance,” and “The Wee Man from Skye,”)
  2. P. Andrew L. Hayes
  3. David Hicks


The five competitors for this event were: Alan Bevan, Andrew Hayes, David Hicks, Catriona Hill, and Brian Yates.

Dress and Deportment

  1. Alan Bevan

1991 Competitors

  • Alan Bevan (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
  • John Chalmers (Ossining, New York)
  • Skip Cleavinger (Bowling Green, Kentucky)
  • Maureen Connor (Middleville, New York)
  • Jeremy Freeman (Austin, Texas)
  • P. Andrew L. Hayes (Nepean, Ontario)
  • Jenny Hazzard (Woodbridge, Ontario)
  • David Hicks (Port Colborne, Ontario)
  • Catriona Hill (Belleville, New Jersey)
  • Gordon Peters (Albany, New York)
  • Peter Skae (Haverstraw, New York)
  • William Wiley (Johnsonville, New York)
  • Brian Yates (Massachusetts)

The 1991 Nicol-Brown Chalice Committee

  • Donald F. Lindsay
  • Peter Beckford
  • Cathy Belden
  • Paula Clearwater
  • Rita Defino
  • Jim Nail
  • JoAnn Scott
  • Dan Tobin
  • Andy Wyman
  • Brian Yates

If you have more details about the 1991 contest, or info on any other year of the Nicol-Brown, please email to help us fill in the blanks.