Cairns leaves 78th Frasers for Peel P-M post

Published: September 30, 2008
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In the latest shake-up of top bands, Glenn Brown has stepped down as Pipe-Major of the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police Pipe Band, and John Cairns, former Pipe-Sergeant of the Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders, has taken the post.

Brown, who lives in Glasgow, has joined the Grade 1 ScottishPower Pipe Band. Graham Brown, Glenn Brown’s brother, will continue as Lead-Drummer at Peel Police.

Glenn Brown had become Pipe-Major of Peel following the 2007 season, taking over from long-serving leader John Elliott. Brown had at the time moved back to Milton, Ontario, after living in Scotland and playing with the House of Edgar-Shotts & Dykehead Pipe Band for six years, but then decided to move back to Scotland to be closer to his Scottish girlfriend.

I am honoured to accept the invitation to become the new Pipe-Major of the Peel Regional Police

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  1. JamieDE

    Looking forward to hearing this band next year. It’s ashame there isn’t a preseason in piping, see how the free agents are doing before any actual competitions would be awesome.

  2. Lugnuts

    78th’s have all ready slipped to 7th and take away a few front row players and could be no so good news. Not talking about folding.

  3. katherine

    Thanks for the clarification. I would figure that it was obvious that John is leaving given that it was the subject of the article. I was more interested in your comment which suggested that a few front row players” may also have left. I take it from your response that this was not the intended message. Andrew Hayes”

  4. Bagpipermann

    Well now, it’s about time that the Ontario scene received a bit of a shakeup. The quality of playing had been slipping (listen to the Georgetown Utube recordings) since most of the talent had migrated over to the Frasers. In fact, at one point there would have been more Fraser pipers watching the contest than playing in it! All the best to John Cairns and the crew at Peel as well as the recently revitalized TPPB. I’m sure that Bill Livingstone will welcome the stiffer competition as it can only serve to improve everyones playing when there is a real horse race going on (besides, its more fun for all).

  5. JamieDE

    So let me get this right, John is leaving to become P/M at Peel, and he may have a handful of followers(not def.) so this would leave 78th with the chance to promote some of it’s Hamilton players and makes some moves, right? Sounds like Bill took care of things along time ago. This is far from the band losing players such as Bruce, Michael, John and Jim, over a ten year period, and going through numerous D/S. Good luck to both bands, and good luck to Glenn with Scottish Power, they’ve got to be getting close.

  6. masonsapron

    In tough economic times the bands with the lucrative sponsorships tend to attract the players. Pipe bands can be very expensive and Peel has one of the best sponsorships in the world. Let’s not forget that Peel’s LD & PM both receive honorariums for their services as well.

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