Pipe Major Lori Clark presents piper Brad Heath with the 2022 Scotty Trotter Memorial Award for Musical Achievement at the NWTPB's 2023 Robert Burns Dinner & Dance on Jan. 28, 2023 at the Elks Hall in Yellowknife.
"Scotty" Trotter Memorial Award for Musical Achievement
With a limited pool of local pipers and drummers to draw from, training new members is necessary for the survival of the NWT Pipe Band. Many members are trained by the band and, each year since 1994, the band has presented the Scotty Trotter Memorial Award for Musical Achievement to recognize the hard work and effort band members devote to becoming better musicians.
The Scotty Trotter Award is presented to the band member who has made the most improvement as a musician during the previous year. The recipient is chosen by the other band members in a secret vote and announced at the annual Burns Night supper
2022 — Brad Heath2021 — Jennifer Zhu & Ryan Gordon
2020 — Tammy Selman
2019 — Lori Clark & Dawna Stuckless
2018 — Sue McKinney
2017 — Sue McKinney
2016 — Karin Clark
2015 — Lori Clark
2014 — Ian Rennie
2013 — Ian Rennie & Timothy Henderson
2012 — Lori Clark
2011 — Angela Goodwin
2010 — Boerny Phillips
2009 — Tristan Ogilvie
2008 — Christopher Moore
2007 — Michelle Muise
2006 — Christopher Moore
2005 — Mike Spindor
2004 — Angus Wilson
2003 — Sean Best
2002 — April Taylor
2001 — Bob Cook
2000 — Allan Falconer
1999 — Blair Morphet
1998 — Blair Morphet
1997 — Christopher Fournier
1996 — Chris Spence
1995 — George Poirier
1994 — Denise Poirier & Joseph Poirier
When I arrived in Yellowknife in February of 1976, I had no thoughts of playing in a pipe band. In the spring of 1976 I saw a picture of Andy Young in the Yellowknifer (newspaper) marching down the street in full highland dress. I phoned him and said, "Andy, I played drums with a pipe band in Edmonton. Why don't we get together and see if we can start a pipe band?" The rest, as they say, is history.
The Northwest Territorial Pipe Band has always been close to my heart, and I have played in other very good competition bands. The Northwest Territorial Band has always been a part of me. When I retired in 1994, I wanted to leave something for the band members — both new and long-standing members.
I put up a trophy and called it the Scotty Trotter Musical Achievement Award, to be presented each Robbie Burns night to the person, voted by the band members, who had improved musically the most that year. Only the Pipe Major would know who the band had voted for, thus a great surprise for one person in the band in front of 200-plus people at Robbie Burns night.
I am sure (the trophy) has encouraged band members to work hard over the years and I hope it will be going for many years to come.