Pipe Band Competition Judges

Nick Hudson: Piping (All Aspects), Ensemble

Nick Hudson teaches piping at St. Thomas Episcopal School in Houston and plays in the St Thomas Alumni Pipe Band, previously with the Toronto Police Pipe Band. He received a BFA in Music Performance under Jimmy McIntosh and Alasdair Gillies from Carnegie-Mellon University. Performance highlights include winning the Braemar Gold Medal, the Silver Medal at the Argyllshire Gathering in Oban, the B MSR at the Northern Meeting in Inverness, the Overall A Grade Winner at the SPSL Annual Contest in London, the Piobaireachd Society Canadian Gold Medal, the USPF Piobaireachd, Overall EUSPBA Professional award 3 years running, and overall winner of The Livingstone Invitational. Nick is the chair of the EUSPBA Music Board and a member of the EUSPBA Judges Panel.

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.


Scott McCawley: MWPBA Judge for Pipeband, Piobaireachd and Solo.

Scott has been piping for 40 years. He has been involved in a number of bands in the MWPBA over that time, either as a piper or as Pipe Major, and currently plays with Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band. He was an active solo competitor for all of those years, achieving Open status in piobaireachd. He has been a member of the judging panel for over 25 years, continues to serve as a member of the Music Board, and is Vice President of the MWPBA.