Matt Turnbull Wins 5th Place At 2003 Metro Cup In “Light Music”
By John G. Turnbull
For the last several years, the Metro Branch of the Eastern United States Bagpipe Association has sponsored a competition in among the best pipers in the United States, Canada. Every year the competition also draws several of the best pipers from Scotland.
This is a very prestigious affair, and the judges are come from Scotland, as well as Canada and the United States.
This year Matt Turnbull competed in the Piobaireachd and the Light Music. Among a field of 12 competitors, Matt placed 5th in the light music. Generally, those who win in one field of the music also place in the other field.
Matt originally comes from Detroit, and he told me that his father and mother were members of TCA when Dorothy was heading TCA. He was the former Pipe Major of the Black Raven Pipe Band of Detroit, and the Baillie Mor (Gaelic for Big City) in New York where I first met him. He was a member of the 78th Fraser Pipeband, a band that has consistently competed in Grade 1 at the World Bagpipe Band Championships in Scotland, as well as other leading pipebands. He has won the Gold Medal of London awarded in Canada, and the North American Championship in Piobaireachd awarded at the Highland Games in Maxwell Ont. He has competed at the Cowal games in Scotland where he won the Class B in Marches, the open piobaireach in Birmum and took 4th place in the Silver Medal Oban, and a 2nd in Piobaireachd.
Matt how lives in Seattle, Washington, and is by profession a pharmacist.
He is wearing the McNab Tartan Kilt.