Hugh McWhinnie Memorial Trophy
awarded to the Toronto Indoor Games Professional Piper of the Day
The Hugh McWhinnie Memorial trophy has been awarded annually since 2014 in memory of Hugh McWhinnie (1931-2013), a Piper, Instructor, and long standing member of the Toronto area Piping and Drumming community.
The following is a biography of Hugh McWhinnie submitted by his family:
P/M Hugh McWhinnie was born in Glasgow in 1931 and at a young age moved with his family to the lovely coastal town of Largs in Ayrshire. There he joined the 1st Largs Boys Brigade, where he learned to play bagpipes beginning at the of age 10. Piping, much to the chagrin of his parents, very quickly became his passion and he excelled.
His musicality and crisp, precise playing did not go unnoticed and he won many awards as a teen. Later Hugh joined the army and played with the Royal Scots Fusiliers before coming to Toronto in 1953.
He was a great teacher to his private piping students and turned out many notable pipers from the family kitchen! You know who you are…
Over the years Hugh played with the following bands:
- 400 Squadron Pipe Band – 1953 to 1978
- Toronto and District Caledonian Pipe Band – 1979 to 1984
- 25 Toronto Service Battalion Pipe Band – 1985 to 2001
- Richmond Hill Pipe Band – 2002 to 2008
He remained passionate and devoted to piping throughout his entire life and was able to play his chanter until 3 months before passing away in September 2013.
The family is very proud to sponsor the annual award for Professional Piper of the Day at the Toronto Indoor Games in memory of Hugh, and we wish continued success to all pipers young and old!