Nicol - Brown Amateur Invitational

Admission was free at all piping events during the 2018 Nicol-Brown weekend, thanks to the EUSPBA and other generous sponsors and volunteers. Your donations are always welcome!


Eric Ouellette 2017

Eric Ouellette in Concert

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm
First Reformed Church of Scotia
224 N. Ballston Avenue (Route 50)
Scotia, NY 12302


The audience in Scotia was treated to a rare evening of solo piping by Eric Ouellette, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eric is a current member of the Grade 1 Inveraray & District Pipe Band, and Pipe Major of the Grade 3 Ulster Scottish Pipe Band.

The recital was a benefit for the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational, and a welcoming reception for the 2018 competitors. The competitors were introduced and received their tune selections from the judges for the contest on Saturday.


The Trophies

The 2018 Nicol-Brown Contest

Saturday, October 6, 2018 - 9:30 am to 7:00 pm - ish
First Reformed Church of Scotia
224 N. Ballston Avenue (Route 50)
Scotia, NY 12302


The finest Amateur pipers from across North America earned invitations to play in an elite solo 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, the Masters of Piobaireachd.

View a pdf of the 2018 Nicol-Brown program.
(Program graphics donated by Kevin Wisehart.)


The 2018 Results are posted here.


Judges for the 2018 Nicol-Brown Contest:

Nancy Tunnicliffe, from Lanesboro, Massachusetts, won the first Nicol-Brown Chalice in 1982, and judged the contest in 2007, 2008, and 2012. She brings a wealth of musical knowledge to the bench of the Nicol-Brown.

Eric Ouellette, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, won the Nicol-Brown Chalice in 2004, and has been a successful professional soloist in the US and Scotland since 2005. Eric won the World Pipe Band Championship in 2017 with the Inveraray & District Pipe Band. Since 2017, he has also been instructing the Grade 3 Ulster Scottish Pipe Band, and has recently stepped into the role of pipe major.

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

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn
800 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, New York

8:00 dinner by reservation ($25.00)

Master Class

Sunday, October 7, 2018 - 9:30 am to 11:30 am
Hilton Garden Inn
800 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, New York


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 Nancy Tunnicliffe and Eric Ouellette. Pipers at all levels were invited to observe the Master Class and learn from the suggestions given to each competitor. Topics included musical expression, technique, and improving performances toward the professional level.

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