Piper Jack Lee, pipe sergeant of the SFU Pipe Band, takes first prize for solo piping at the recent Glenfiddich Competition. Only the world's top 10 pipers are invited to the prestigious contest held at Blair Atholl Castle in Scotland. (photos by Derek Maxwell)

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SFU piper Jack Lee claims world solo piper title

November 07, 2017
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SFU Piper Jack Lee has claimed the title of world’s best piper with his recent win at the Glenfiddich Piping Championships at Blair Atholl Castle in Scotland. 

The contest is reserved for the world’s top 10 solo pipers, all of whom had been invited following major piping wins during the year. 

It’s the second title for Lee, who in 2003 was the first North American piper to win what is considered the biggest prize in highland piping.

It has been a successful year for Lee, who has won every major solo piping prize at least once during his piping career. 

Earlier this year, he took top solo prizes at the former winners’ March, Strathspey and Reel (MSR) Prize at the Argyllshire Gathering, and the Masters Solo Piping competition in the lead-up to the World Pipe Band Championships in August. 

The Glenfiddich contest involves two pieces, including the Piobaireachd (a Gaelic word for piping) and the March, Strathspey and Reel. Lee took first and second respectively in these and was the only one of all 10 competitors to feature in both prize lists. 

“I’m delighted to win the Glenfiddich Championship, which is the most prestigious prize in solo piping,” says Lee, who also participated in the Scottish Society of London competition, along with the band’s pipe major Alan Bevan, this past weekend. 

Both the SFU band and its junior Robert Malcolm Memorial band are both highly reputed in the solo piping world.

Lee, who won the Piobaireachd at Glenfiddich in 2012 (and twice previously), has been invited to the prestigious competition several times. By winning this year’s contest he is invited back for 2018.

SFU piper Craig Sutherland, also one of the 10 competing this year at the Glenfiddich contest, finished fourth.