Pipe sergeant claims fourth Silver Star
Photos: Lee’s trophies are in Scotland; file photos of Lee at this year’s Worlds:
Simon Fraser University Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee has won the Silver Star – for the fourth time, and 30 years to the day he won his first – at Scotland’s Northern Meeting in Inverness this past weekend.
Lee also took second in the coveted Clasp, a prize he has won twice, including last year.
Reserved for the world’s best pipers, the prestigious solo competition is divided into 2 types of music – Piobaireachd (the Gaelic word for piping), the old classical, long pieces, and Ceol Beag (Gaelic for “light music”), which features the more modern, “peppy” music, includes Marches, Strathspeys and Reels.
The Clasp is the top prize in piping for Piobaireachd while the Silver Star is the top prize in piping for Ceol Beag. The Inverness competition has been held annually for more than 200 years.
“It was gratifying to win the Silver Star once again, 30 years since my first win, and to do so during the band’s 30th anniversary,” says Lee, of Surrey, who is home after a long month in Scotland.
Earlier in August his Grade 1 band took second – for the ninth time - in the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.
Lee will next compete in October at Scotland’s Glenfiddich Piping Championship.
Meanwhile several younger members of the band – dubbed the young guns – have also been busy making a name for themselves in solo competition in Scotland.
Coquitlam’s Alastair Lee, son of Pipe Major Terry Lee, won second prize in the silver medal contest in the Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering at Oban last week. He also placed second in the A Grade March.
Scottish-born Gordon Conn, who resides in Calgary, placed second in the B Grade Strathspey and Reel and third in the B Grade March. Will Nichols of Blaine took third in the A Grade Strathspey and Reel and finished fifth in the A Grade March, moving up to the competition after last year taking first in the B Grade March.
Vetreran piper Jori Chisholm of Seattle placed fifth in the jigs at Oban while Jack Lee also took fifth in the Senior Piobaireachd, a contest restricted to the previous winners of the Gold Medal at Oban or Inverness.
“It’s an honor to carry on the competitive spirit after the Worlds and put the SFU name out there further, and to see what we as individual players have to offer against some of the best in the world,” says Lee
The band is now settling into a busy fall season with the start of its teaching program, held at SFU, and preparations for a concert and CD recording in May at New York’s Lincoln Center, the wind-up of the band’s 30th anniversary.