Pipe Band Competition Judges
Nick Hudson: Piping (All Aspects), Ensemble
Jim Sim: Drumming
Jim Sim started drumming lessons with his Father at the age of 8. He worked his way up the solo ranks and eventually was placed in the Open. His early influences in drumming were from his father and John Kirkwood Sr. from St. Catharines, Ontario. In 1975 along with Pipe Major Ian Swinton, the new Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band was formed. The band started in Grade 4. The band with Jim as the Leading Drummer went on to win many titles. In 1985 the band was promoted to Grade 1 which finished one of the band’s early goals which was to go from Grade 4 to Grade 1 in ten years using mostly players taught by Ian and Jim. Midlothian won many titles several times including the U.S. Open Championship, and the North American Championship and several placings in the top 6 at the World Championships.
Jim retired from active playing after the 2009 season to devote more time to teaching and judging. Jim has taught many young players who have gone on to win many contests of their own as well as many of the bands in North America. Jim has also had the honor of playing with The Chieftains, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is currently a Full Adjudicator and President of the MidWest Pipe Band Association.
Lyric Toddkill: Pipeband Director, St Thomas Episcopal School, Houston Texas
Lyric Todkill is the director of the St. Thomas’ Episcopal School Pipe Band in Houston, Texas and is currently a member of the grade two World Champion St. Thomas’ Alumni Band. Originally from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2003 with a BFA in music performance, on the bagpipe. Lyric was a member of the 78 th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band from Toronto, Ontario from 2003-2011. He also sits on the EUSPBA adjudication panel.