April 30, 2003

78th Fraser Highlanders Plan to Return to Maxville

The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band is planning to compete again at the North American Pipe Band Championships at Maxville, Ontario, this year after withdrawing from the 2002 event because of the invitation to the then World Champion Simon Fraser University Pipe Band by event organizers to perform at the games.

“The band collectively considered the North American Championships and agreed that we made our statement and we’re ready to move forward,” said Bill Livingstone, Pipe-Major of the 78th Fraser Highlanders. “We look forward to challenging once again for the biggest championship title in the non-Scottish pipe band competition world. We’d like to thank the many people around the world who supported the band so strongly while we stuck to our principles.”

“Based on the inquiries received thus far, this should be another banner year for the Glengarry Games and the North American Championship,” said Bob Allen, President of the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario (PPBSO).

It is expected that the Grade 1 event will comprise five bands this year: the 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, City of Washington, Peel Regional Police and Toronto Police. Eighteen bands competed in last year’s Grade 2 event, one of the best competitions in North American pipe band history.

The Glengarry Highland Games will be held August 1-2 in Maxville, Ontario.


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