JIMMY BROWN MEMORIAL DRUMMING TROPHY

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the Jimmy Brown Memorial Drumming Trophy.

A perennial special event only at the Sacramental Valley Scottish Games is a drumming competition in honor of Scottish percussionist Jimmy Brown, who lost his battle with cancer in October 2007.

Jimmy Brown was born in Cambuslang, South Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1936. He was an avid drummer through his youth in the Boys Brigade, a Christian Youth Organisation in Scotland. Later, he was a regimental drummer in the British Army’s Royal Army Service Corps (RASC).

After emigrating to the United States, Jimmy played with San Francisco Bay Area-based pipe bands, including the City of San Francisco Caledonian Pipe Band, Lockheed Pipe Band of Sunnyvale, and Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band of San Jose during the 1960s. In these Grade II bands, he competed throughout California, including our Games in Woodland. His son, Drew, remembers his father’s bands doing quite well.

Jimmy was a quiet man who enjoyed simple pleasures, and particularly loved Highland music and drumming. When he retired, he and his wife, Janet, moved to Placer County, where his health then declined and he had to end his drumming “career.” But he truly enjoyed attending the Sacramento Valley Scottish Games. Jimmy passed away of cancer in October of 2007. He is survived by his wife Janet and his son Andrew and Andrew’s family.

Drew Brown has been a member of the Caledonian Club of Sacramento for a number of years, and carries on the family’s musical tradition. He is a student of piping, playing with the City of Sacramento Pipe Band.

The goal of the Jimmy Brown Memorial Drumming Competition is to encourage the pursuit of drumming excellence. The Jimmy Brown Perpetual Drumming Trophy is dedicated to the spirit of competition and to the memory of a Jimmy Brown, a dedicated family man and bandsman.

Register for the Jimmy Brown Memorial Drumming Trophy.  You will highlight your skills by performing 3 to 5 tunes of your choice.  The spirit of the competition is to celebrate drumming at all levels and is a true “open competition.”  We wish you fun and good luck on your journey of playing the drums.

 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN COMPETING IN THE JIMMY BROWN MEMORIAL DRUMMING COMPETITION, PLEASE CONTACT:

 Robyn McBurney   530/354-6738

Via email: robynmcburney@gmail.com

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