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Fred Adam Memorial Trophy 2007

2007 Fred Adam Memorial Trophy


A very successful evening was had for the inaugural competition for the Fred Adam Memorial Trophy on Friday 12 October 2007 in the Pt Adelaide Caledonian Society Hall at Semaphore. The event was a joint venture of the Clan MacLeod Society and the Port Adelaide Caledonian Society who asked the RU Brown Piobaireachd Society of S.A. to coordinate the actual evening.

Fred Adam together with his wife Annie and two piper sons, Freddie and Laurie migrated to Australia from Montrose in the early 1950’s under the sponsorship of the Pt Adelaide Caledonian Society Pipe Band. As well as being pipe major in the Pt Adelaide Caledonian Society P.B which he quickly took to the top of Grade 2, Fred through his teaching, had a major influence on most pipers in Adelaide during his lifetime and had close connections with the Heather Girls P.B; Pt Adelaide Girls Scottish PB; 27th Battalion PB. Fred had an excellent ear for pipe setup and was also a regular judge at our competitions.

The guest judge, Tim MacLeod, started the evening’s proceedings with a recital. This was then followed by 8 competitors playing 6/8 Marches of 4 parts for the Fred Adam Memorial Trophy.

The winner this year was Kaz Takahara; 2nd place went to Mel Inglis from the Mt Barker Pipe Band; 3rd place went to Michael Greig from the City of Adelaide Pipe Band; 4th went to Luke Andrews from the Royal Caledonian Society Pipe Band and 5th place went to Trent McGee from Noarlunga Pipe Band. The prizes were given out by the chief of the Clan MacLeod of Raasay – Mr Roderick John McLeod 18th of Raasay, with the trophy being presented by Fred Adam’s son Laurie.

Mr Ruari Halford - MacLeod, President of the Clan MacLeod Society of Scotland then gave a talk about the MacLeod’s association with the MacCrimmon pipers at their school at Borrieg, which existed for over 250 years. Ruari said the Clan MacLeod Society was interested in doing more for piping and would continue to assist with this event in the future.

After a wonderful light supper we had a recital from Andy Fuller and also from Brett Tidswell who finished the evening with the ground from the Lament for Mary MacLeod. Of course there was the obligatory raffle with a multitude of prizes to be drawn before final closure of the evening.

Our appreciation to the Clan MacLeod Society and the Port Adelaide Caledonian Society for their assistance with this project.