Jack Lee wins Masters Solo piping title in Glasgow
SFU Pipe Band Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee has won the Masters Invitational Solo Piping contest in Glasgow, Scotland, reaffirming his reputation as one of the world’s best pipers.
With the win, Lee earns an invitation to the Glenfiddich Championship in Scotland in October. Lee, who has won numerous major prizes as a solo player, was the first North American piper to win the Glenfiddich Solo Piping Championship 10 years ago (2003).
The prestigious solo event kicks off Piping Live in Glasgow. Lee, from Surrey, is there this week with the band for the World Pipe Band Championships on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 17and 18), which winds up the week of festivities. The SFU band placed third in 2012 and is vying for its 7th world championship. The band is spending the week in practice at Stirling, Scotland.
Also on the weekend, fellow Surrey piper Andrew Bonar took the trophy as best overall piper from a field of more than 50 pipers at the Perth Highland Games. Meanwhile, the SFU band’s Scottish band member Robert Mathieson showcased his paintings of famous pipers and drummersto a standing-room-only crowd during an art exhibition kicking off Piping Live, celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Lee – who, along with brother Terry received an honorary degree from SFU in June – can be available while in Scotland to talk about the win and can size up the competition heading into the weekend pipe band contest, as a new, two-day competition format is introduced. Results of this year's 'Worlds' competition will be known at about 11 a.m. on Sunday (Aug. 18).
Lee is also one of half a dozen SFU pipers featured in a new book launched this week at Piping Live in Glasgow. Other featured champions include SFU drum major Jason Paguio, pipers Mathieson, Gordon Lee and Jori Chisholm, drummer Grant Maxwell (son of lead drummer Reid Maxwell) and former drummer Tennille Beaumont.
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