(HD video) Peel Police: 2013 North American Champions

Published: August 3, 2013
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Maxville, Ontario – August 3, 2013 – The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band won the 2013 North American Championship before large crowds at the Glengarry Highland Games in weather that was more like West Lothian than Ontario. It was the fourth consecutive North American Championship won by the band. The Ontario-based 78th Fraser Highlanders elected to miss the event in order to perform at a concert in Ohio. Total number of bands was 54, an increase of six from 2012. In a sweep that could be unprecedented at Maxville, Alex Gandy won all four light music events, easily winning the Piper of the Day award. The last time a piper enjoyed such success was, remarkably, by Gandy’s father, Bruce, who in 2009 had an even better day by winning four of five, finishing second only in the Jig, which his son won.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for video from the Grade 1 and Grade 2 band competitions.

Grade 1 (three competed)

Overall
1st Peel Regional Police
2nd Toronto Police
3rd Oran Mor

Medley
1st Peel Regional Police
2nd Toronto Police
3rd Oran Mor

Judges: Bob MacCrimmon, Mike Rogers (piping); Brian McCue (drumming); Reay Mackay (ensemble)

MSR

1st Toronto Police (ensemble preference)
2nd Peel Police
3rd Oran Mor

Judges: Glenna Mackay-Johnstone, Ken Eller (piping); Tom Kee (drumming); John Elliott (ensemble)

Grade 2 (seven competed)

Overall
1st Ottawa Police Service
2nd Great Lakes
3rd 400 Squadron
4th Edmonton and District
5th City of Regina
6th Fredericton
7th City of Washington

Medley
1st Ottawa Police (1,1,5,1)
2nd Great Lakes (3,7,1,3)
3rd Edmonton and District (6,2,3,4)
4th Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (7,3,4,2)
5th 400 Squadron (4,6,2,5)
6th City of Regina (2,4,6,6)
7th City of Washington (5,5,7,7)

Judges: Glenna Mackay-Johnstone, Ken Eller (piping); Tom Kee (drumming); John Elliott (ensemble)

MSR
1st Ottawa Police (1,1,1,1)
2nd Great Lakes (3,4,2,3)
3rd 400 Squadron (6,2,5,2)
4th City of Washington (5,3,3,6)
5th City of Regina (4,5,6,4)
6th Edomonton and District (2,7,7,5)
7th Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (7,6,4,7)

Judges: Bob MacCrimmon, Mike Rogers (piping); Brian McCue (drumming); Reay Mackay (ensemble)

Grade 3 (14 competed)

1st George Watson’s College
2nd College of Piping – Summerside
3rd Dartmouth & District
4th Windsor Police
5th Air Command
6th Toronto Police (Gr3)

Judges: Brian Williamson, Andy Rogers (piping); Harvey Dawson (drumming); Jimmy Bell (ensemble)

Grade 4 (17 competed)

1st Ogden Legion
2nd Glengarry
3rd Arnprior McNab
4th Grand Celtic
5th Scotia-Glenville
6th Forest City Celtic

Judges: Bob MacCrimmon, Mike Rogers (piping); Brian McCue (drumming); Peter Sinclair (ensemble)

Grade 5 (13 competed)

1st Chatham Kent Police
2nd Lindsay
3rd Hamilton Police
4th Forest City Celtic (Gr5)
5th White Heather

Judges: Glenna Mackay-Johnstone, Brian Williamson (piping); Harvey Dawson (drumming); Peter Sinclair (ensemble)

Professional Solo Piping (32 entered)
Piobaireachd
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Ben McClamrock
3rd Jimmy Bell
4th Ed Bush
5th Andy Rogers
6th Andrew Hayes

Judge: Donald Lindsay

Glengarry MSR
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Andrew Hayes
4th Ben McClamrock
5th Glenn Walpole
6th Ross Harvey

Judge: Ed Neigh

March
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Andrea Boyd
4th Andrew Hayes
5th Sean McKeown
6th Jimmy Bell

Judge: Reay Mackay

Strathspey & Reel
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Andrew Hayes
4th James MacHattie
5th Eric Ouellette
6th Ben McClamrock

Judge: Ken Eller

Jig
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Andrew Hayes
3rd Sean McKeown
4th James MacHattie
5th Dan Lydon
6th Nick VanOuwerkerk

Judge: John Elliott

Professional Snare Drumming (11 competed)
MSR
1st Jeremy Keddy
2nd Neil Birkett
3rd Mitchell MacKay
4th Chris Bell
5th Jason Hoffert
6th Iain Bell

Judge: Brian McCue

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Jeremy Keddy
2nd Jason Hoffert
3rd Neil Birkett
4th Mitchell MacKay
5th Colum Lundt
6th Jack McClamrock

Judge: Tom Kee

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  1. JoelKimball

    Congrats to Peel and Toronto! Also to Kylie MacHattie’s band from Summerside in the Grade III! Brillliant stuff. Good luck to everyone who’s headed to Scotland!

  2. JoelKimball

    Congrats to Peel and Toronto! Also to Kylie MacHattie’s band from Summerside in the Grade III! Brillliant stuff. Good luck to everyone who’s headed to Scotland!

  3. DazGregory

    OK……Once AGAIN I’m not slighting the winners, the runners up or even those that were last – Just a personal opinion that there was less quality in the two grades this year. They weren’t exactly chock full of entries were they? Well thought out? as I said it’s just an opinion. Agree or disagree that’s all it is…

  4. Piperette

    Interesting comments Daz, but I don’t think they were really well thought out… It would have been great to see those bands there, but I am not convinced that the results would have been drastically different. NY Metro squeaked a win at Maxville last year by a point ahead of OPS. Stuart Highlanders placed last year as well, but not ahead of the previous two. As for St. Thomas… Haven’t heard them yet but I imagine they will be very good in Scotland. So, in the end, I don’t think you can slight the winners for that yesterday. Congrats to all the winners, and don’t let the comments of the armchair quarterbacks take away from what I’m sure was a very momentous win for the Ottawa Police and Peel Police.

  5. DazGregory

    PipesReady – absolutely. I’m not slighting the winners at all….just my opinion that the quality of the Grades seems somewhat reduced. As I said you can only beat what is in front of you. Cheers, Daz

  6. PipesReady

    Interesting comnent Daz, I guess you can “argue” all you want on who are the top 3 NA gr2 bands are, but the official results were announced yesterday. You have to show up to challenge for the title.

  7. DazGregory

    PeterDeneen – and that is without arguably the best three Grade 2 bands in North America, namely Stuart Highlanders, St Thomas Alumni and NY Metro.. same could be said for Grade 1 really. Anyway congrats to the winners in all Grades – you can only beat what is in the draw with you…

  8. Piperjay23

    Daz…I’ve read these opinions of yours before. I would have loved to hear st. Thomas compete with their band not including the ringers that only show up for the worlds. As for nym and stuart, both great bands but based on recordings from glasgowlands, I don’t think anyone in the field would have been quivering in their boots. 90% of life is showing up.

  9. DazGregory

    OK……Once AGAIN I’m not slighting the winners, the runners up or even those that were last – Just a personal opinion that there was less quality in the two grades this year. They weren’t exactly chock full of entries were they? Well thought out? as I said it’s just an opinion. Agree or disagree that’s all it is…

  10. Piperette

    Interesting comments Daz, but I don’t think they were really well thought out… It would have been great to see those bands there, but I am not convinced that the results would have been drastically different. NY Metro squeaked a win at Maxville last year by a point ahead of OPS. Stuart Highlanders placed last year as well, but not ahead of the previous two. As for St. Thomas… Haven’t heard them yet but I imagine they will be very good in Scotland. So, in the end, I don’t think you can slight the winners for that yesterday. Congrats to all the winners, and don’t let the comments of the armchair quarterbacks take away from what I’m sure was a very momentous win for the Ottawa Police and Peel Police.

  11. DazGregory

    PipesReady – absolutely. I’m not slighting the winners at all….just my opinion that the quality of the Grades seems somewhat reduced. As I said you can only beat what is in front of you. Cheers, Daz

  12. PipesReady

    Interesting comnent Daz, I guess you can “argue” all you want on who are the top 3 NA gr2 bands are, but the official results were announced yesterday. You have to show up to challenge for the title.

  13. DazGregory

    PeterDeneen – and that is without arguably the best three Grade 2 bands in North America, namely Stuart Highlanders, St Thomas Alumni and NY Metro.. same could be said for Grade 1 really. Anyway congrats to the winners in all Grades – you can only beat what is in the draw with you…

  14. piperjde

    I absolutely agree with people that feel OPS are playing at a high level. I’m betting they move up with in two years barring any player loss. With that being said. Piperjay23: a “big brawl” would be great. Maybe its time we look at the calendar and see if a date change would entice more bands to hit Canada instead of North Berwick? I know that there was an article a while back about how good it is that we all get along now, but I think some of the old “don’t bother me, you’re with such and such band” helped fuel these competitions to a different level back in the day. I love being able to chat with players from other bands but there shouldn’t be anything wrong with believing your band is the best.

  15. Piperjay23

    It would have been great if all the bands mentioned were able to come to the contest. Frankly, this is another example of how the feverish pursuit of a world’s title (despite the obvious flaws in that model) continues to erode the viability of competitive parity on the N. American continent. Instead we have bands full of guest players and ringers calling themselves “better” when the fact is, if a yearly trip to mecca wasn’t on the calendar, they would likely have rosters similar to the rest of us and a big brawl in Maxville would be far more compelling and accurate in determining who the best really is. Why continue to bow down before the RSPBA every year when the PPBSO continues to put on one of the best run contests on the planet in Maxville surrounded by enthusiastic spectators and true fans of the idiom.

  16. PipesReady

    I’ve been doing some “youtube quarterbacking” like our friend Daz, and I think that the Ottawa Police are going to do just fine in Scotland. Additionally, I don’t think the results at Maxville would have been any different had the “3 best bands in NA” decided to show up.

  17. piperjde

    Daz, I get you, but I can see where this may appear as a back handed compliment. Anyway, I think the bigger problem here is that 78th elected to do a concert in Ohio rather than compete. (not taking away from the winners). I have done tons of fundraising for my own band so I understand the financial climate that most bands find themselves in. If they are headed to the Worlds and had a chance to defray their cost and make a buck, I’m not knocking them for it, BUT…I think this exposes some other issues at hand. Even with increased attendance by bands overall this year, has Maxville lost some of it’s glimmer? Can some of that be contributed to the lack of the Montreal contest that used to follow? (Getting in two contest for the price of one flight was always nice). Should Maxville consider spreading it’s band contest over two days, maybe add a challenge up day where the top two bands in each grade below grade 1 could play up in an MSR event? Just some ideas. I always loved going to Maxville, but it seems something is different now days. Bands giving it a miss (which I know is not entirely new). It’s the North American Championships, yet, it’s mostly duked out by the East side of Canada and the US.

  18. piperjde

    I absolutely agree with people that feel OPS are playing at a high level. I’m betting they move up with in two years barring any player loss. With that being said. Piperjay23: a “big brawl” would be great. Maybe its time we look at the calendar and see if a date change would entice more bands to hit Canada instead of North Berwick? I know that there was an article a while back about how good it is that we all get along now, but I think some of the old “don’t bother me, you’re with such and such band” helped fuel these competitions to a different level back in the day. I love being able to chat with players from other bands but there shouldn’t be anything wrong with believing your band is the best.

  19. Piperjay23

    It would have been great if all the bands mentioned were able to come to the contest. Frankly, this is another example of how the feverish pursuit of a world’s title (despite the obvious flaws in that model) continues to erode the viability of competitive parity on the N. American continent. Instead we have bands full of guest players and ringers calling themselves “better” when the fact is, if a yearly trip to mecca wasn’t on the calendar, they would likely have rosters similar to the rest of us and a big brawl in Maxville would be far more compelling and accurate in determining who the best really is. Why continue to bow down before the RSPBA every year when the PPBSO continues to put on one of the best run contests on the planet in Maxville surrounded by enthusiastic spectators and true fans of the idiom.

  20. PipesReady

    I’ve been doing some “youtube quarterbacking” like our friend Daz, and I think that the Ottawa Police are going to do just fine in Scotland. Additionally, I don’t think the results at Maxville would have been any different had the “3 best bands in NA” decided to show up.

  21. piperjde

    Daz, I get you, but I can see where this may appear as a back handed compliment. Anyway, I think the bigger problem here is that 78th elected to do a concert in Ohio rather than compete. (not taking away from the winners). I have done tons of fundraising for my own band so I understand the financial climate that most bands find themselves in. If they are headed to the Worlds and had a chance to defray their cost and make a buck, I’m not knocking them for it, BUT…I think this exposes some other issues at hand. Even with increased attendance by bands overall this year, has Maxville lost some of it’s glimmer? Can some of that be contributed to the lack of the Montreal contest that used to follow? (Getting in two contest for the price of one flight was always nice). Should Maxville consider spreading it’s band contest over two days, maybe add a challenge up day where the top two bands in each grade below grade 1 could play up in an MSR event? Just some ideas. I always loved going to Maxville, but it seems something is different now days. Bands giving it a miss (which I know is not entirely new). It’s the North American Championships, yet, it’s mostly duked out by the East side of Canada and the US.

  22. DazGregory

    PipesReady – Youtube quarterback? I’ve been in and around this game for 35 years or so and attended contests in mainland Europe, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada and the US…..so I think I’m entitled to an opinion that I stand by and put my name to rather then just hiding behind an alias and slagging people off. Don’t be so touchy…

  23. Wink

    I think, judging by the Peel Police performances in Maxville. They are back on top of their game and for them the timing couldn’t be better.

  24. Stripp

    I might be a bit biased as a member but in my opinion TPPB is just getting warmed up. Good luck to all bands in Scotland. It is a place where you can test your skills against the best bands in the world including those from Ontario. Tripp.

  25. DazGregory

    PipesReady – Youtube quarterback? I’ve been in and around this game for 35 years or so and attended contests in mainland Europe, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada and the US…..so I think I’m entitled to an opinion that I stand by and put my name to rather then just hiding behind an alias and slagging people off. Don’t be so touchy…

  26. Wink

    I think, judging by the Peel Police performances in Maxville. They are back on top of their game and for them the timing couldn’t be better.

  27. piperjde

    Trailing Drones made a mention that I had actually been trying to research, and its a completely fair statement. That it’s getting harder to call the Grade 1 winner the North American Champion (or something like that). Having looked into it, I compiled a list of Maxville grade 1 results with Worlds results. for the sake of space, I’ll mainly stick to the N.A. Champs Not since 78th Frasers 2009, has a N.A. Champ been pre qualified (I went back to 2008, they were also pre qualified that year). 2010- The Champion DNQ (78th Frasers qualified and placed 10th). 2011- The Champion DNQ (Oran Mor qualified and finished 14th). 2012- The N.A. Champs qualified and finished 12th (Of note Toronto Police and 78th Frasers also qualified and finished 14th and 11th respectively. As you can see I’ve left off the other bands, SFU, LA, Dowco, City of Washington (at the time they were gr.1). SFU is winning or placing in the top 5 every year right now. Dowco, has improved every year they have qualified (13th,12th,9th,8th) and arguably has the best competition right next door. LA surely looks at making the most of money spent and probably chooses the Worlds over Maxville and is doing well by qualifying the last two years with limited competition before hand. So, To say you can only beat what’s in front of you might be true, but it’s perfectly acceptable for another to say that while band A. is the N.A. champs, that doesn’t make them the best Band in N.A. Just the best band that day at that location. No slight intended, just putting out some numbers, and now hopefully we can look and find a way to get our champs back in the top flight as well as add some shine back to the title of North American Champion. Jamie D.E.

  28. piperjde

    Trailing Drones made a mention that I had actually been trying to research, and its a completely fair statement. That it’s getting harder to call the Grade 1 winner the North American Champion (or something like that). Having looked into it, I compiled a list of Maxville grade 1 results with Worlds results. for the sake of space, I’ll mainly stick to the N.A. Champs Not since 78th Frasers 2009, has a N.A. Champ been pre qualified (I went back to 2008, they were also pre qualified that year). 2010- The Champion DNQ (78th Frasers qualified and placed 10th). 2011- The Champion DNQ (Oran Mor qualified and finished 14th). 2012- The N.A. Champs qualified and finished 12th (Of note Toronto Police and 78th Frasers also qualified and finished 14th and 11th respectively. As you can see I’ve left off the other bands, SFU, LA, Dowco, City of Washington (at the time they were gr.1). SFU is winning or placing in the top 5 every year right now. Dowco, has improved every year they have qualified (13th,12th,9th,8th) and arguably has the best competition right next door. LA surely looks at making the most of money spent and probably chooses the Worlds over Maxville and is doing well by qualifying the last two years with limited competition before hand. So, To say you can only beat what’s in front of you might be true, but it’s perfectly acceptable for another to say that while band A. is the N.A. champs, that doesn’t make them the best Band in N.A. Just the best band that day at that location. No slight intended, just putting out some numbers, and now hopefully we can look and find a way to get our champs back in the top flight as well as add some shine back to the title of North American Champion. Jamie D.E.

  29. DazGregory

    Author: PipesReady – ‘I’ve been doing some “youtube quarterbacking” like our friend Daz, and I think that the Ottawa Police are going to do just fine in Scotland. Additionally, I don’t think the results at Maxville would have been any different had the “3 best bands in NA” decided to show up’………..So NY Metro and St Thomas 3rd and 5th in the final with Ottawa 8th out of 10 in their heat. Case closed.

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