Published: March 31, 2001

78th Frasers Announce Plans for Concerts, Recording

The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, have announced ambitious plans for concerts and a recording for 2001.

The band will reportedly skip the Barrie Highland Games in Barrie, Ontario, on July 28, choosing instead to perform two concerts at the Highlands of Durham Games, the first on July 27 in Port Perry, Ontario, the second on the 28th at Uxbridge, Ontario.

The 78th Frasers are also working on a large-scale concert in Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the fall, as well as a “mini concert tour” of the Pacific Northwest for the band and its dance company.

The band is also returning to the studio in a few weeks to complete its eighth recording, which is scheduled for release in the spring. The CD is being produced and supported entirely by the band, the first in its history not to be handled by Lismor Recordings of Glasgow, Scotland.

Despite losing some members this winter, including long-serving member Lindsay Kirkwood of St. Catharines, Ontario, according to Pipe Major Bill Livingstone there are some 20 pipers and 12 drummers on the roster. “Mike Hunter continues as lead drummer and the midsection is in full swing, and together they are writing and playing some incredible percussion,” Livingstone said.

The band also reports that both Iain Lyons and Robert Crozier of Australia and formerly with 1998 World Champions Victoria Police, will return in August to help in its push towards the World’s.

“The band has great spirit and enthusiasm, and is working on new competition material, and a whole new concert repertoire, with fresh ideas in each area,” Livingstone added.

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