Saturday, October 7th, 2023 IMT, in partnership with Nicol-Brown Presents their 40th Amateur Invitational Contest

9:30am - 6:30pm w FREE ADMISSION (donations accepted for the benefit of the Nicol-Brown) - public WELCOME!

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, MD

The 40th Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Contest will be held at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Maryland, co-sponsored for the first time with the Institute of Musical Traditions. The weekend will begin with a judges’ recital on Friday evening, October 6, a rare opportunity to listen to performances from three of the world’s premier pipers and authorities on pipe music.

ON Saturday, October 7th: Ten of the finest Amateur pipers from across North America will earn invitations this season to play in an elite solo competition consisting of 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. 

For more history, and information about the contest and about the lives of Bob Brown and Bob Nicol, see

Donations to the Nicol-Brown are always welcome. Click here for information on the judges and their RECITAL on Friday October 6th!

Doors open half an hour before showtime, online ticketing ends at 2pm day-of show. After 2pm please purchase tickets at the door. 

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