NEW GLASGOW – Scott MacIntosh, 15, of Stellarton, is this year’s winner of the Sandy MacLean Memorial Trophy.
The award was presented at the 57th Annual Festival of the Tartans this past weekend.
MacIntosh began practice chanter at age 8, and has been playing with the Clan Thompson Pipe Band since age 10. At age 12, he joined the Nova Scotia Cadet Pipes and Drums, where he is now incoming Pipe Major. He is also Pipe Major of the 374 F/L Chisholm Air Cadet Band, an instructor with three cadet bands and has achieved the cadet Level 5 Piper Qualification, the highest available.
As a piping student of Madelyn Evans-Langlois, Scott Williams and Darin Knox, MacIntosh has won several other medals this year in competition as a Grade 3 piper. He has also performed in many parades and events and is known at Northumberland Regional High School, where he is entering Grade 10, for his love of all things bagpipe.
Sandy MacLean was a piping instructor in New Glasgow and ardent supporter of young talent in Pictou County. This trophy is given in his memory each year to honour a young Pictou County piper who exemplifies the pride, spirit and dedication of the Highland piping tradition.
“We are blessed here with cultural roots, musical talent and community spirit to help keep this festival alive,” festival committee chair Pat MacKay said. “It takes a dedicated volunteer effort to make this festival the best it can be, and we hope anyone with an interest in our festival will consider joining our committee for next year.”
Tartan Field on Saturday was awash with the sounds of piping and drumming, with solo competitions in the morning and band performances in the afternoon. Five band programs took part in two massed bands and individual concerts: Dartmouth and District, Antigonish Highland Society/Old Scotia, Heatherbell Pipes and Drums, Clan Thompson Pipe Band, and Correctional Services of Canada Community Pipes and Drums from Amherst.
Judges for the solo competitions were Bruce Gandy, Andrew Rogers and Scott Williams for piping, and Sean Morton for drumming. Local results included:
Robert Caldwell: 3rd, Gr. 4 piobaireachd; 4th, Gr. 4 March
Clare Henderson: 1st, Gr 4 piobaireachd; 2nd, Jr. Amateur Jig; 3rd, Gr 4 March
Brady Webb, 1st, Grade 3 March; 2nd, Gr. 3 Strathspey/Reel; 3rd, Jr. Amateur Jig; 3rd, Gr. 3 piobaireachd
Luke Henderson: 1st, Gr. 5 March
Piper of the Day was Grade 1 piper Blaise Theriault and Drummer of the Day was Grade 3 drummer Lian Theriault, both of Dartmouth and District.