Update 2: Fredericton wins Montreal

Published: August 31, 2009
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Montreal – August 2, 2009 - The Fredericton Society of St. Andrew Pipe Band of Fredericton, New Brunswick, won the Grade 2 band event at the Montreal Highland Games, the traditional follow-on to the North American Championships. There was no Grade 1 contest. The Glengarry Pipe Band, which finished third at Maxville, was reportedly disqualified on the day, but in September the decision was overturned, with the PPBSO acknowledging its misinterpretation of the rules.

In September, the PPBSO realized a mistake in the recalculation of the Grade 2 prize-list, and City of Regina was awarded second, with St. Andrew Society of Winnipeg moving to third.

At the beginning of the day bands were told that games organizers might not be able to fulfill commitments for prize- and travel-money, but apparently a private “benefactor” has guaranteed the funds.

Grade 2 (MSR, six competed)
1st Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (3,2,1,1)
2nd City of Regina (1,1,4,6)
3rd Winnipeg St. Andrews (4,4,3,2)
4th St. Thomas Episcopal Alumni (6,5,5,3)
5th Glengarry (2,3,6,4)
6th Niagara Regional Police (5,6,2,7)
7th Manchester (7,7,7,5)

Drumming: Fredericton
Best Pipe Section: City of Regina
Judges: Colin MacLellan, James Troy (piping); Harvey Dawson (drumming); Reay Mackay (ensemble)

Grade 3 (medley, 10 competed)
1st George Watson’s College
2nd Edmonton & District
3rd Portland Metro

Drumming: Edmonton & District
Best Pipe Section: George Watson’s College
Judges: Iain Macey, Tom Weithers (piping); Craig Stewart (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

Grade 4 (march medley, eight competed)
1st Hamilton Police Pipes & Drums
2nd Dartmouth & District
3rd Ottawa Police Service

Drumming: Hamilton Police
Best Pipe Section: Dartmouth & District
Judges: Colin MacLellan, James Troy (piping); Harvey Dawson (drumming); Reay Mackay (ensemble)

Grade 5
1st Durham Regional Police

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