August 31, 2000

78th Frasers Win North American Championship

Maxville, Ontario – August 5, 2000 – The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band of Toronto, Ontario, took home another North American Pipe Band Championship title from the Glengarry Highland Games here today in stunningly sunny, cloudless, breezy conditions. The 78th Frasers won both the Medley and March, Strathspey & Reel events against a field of four other Grade 1 bands.

City of Washington, of Washington, DC, made an impressive statement by finishing a convincing second in the band’s first real foray into Grade 1 since winning the Grade 2 event at the 1999 World Pipe Band Championships. Peel Regional Police, winners of a PPBSO championship at Fort Erie, Ontario, in June, and Toronto Police, winners of the Barrie Championship in July, finished third and fourth, respectively, while Celtic Flair of Hamilton, Ontario, came in fifth.

In the Grade 2 contest, 11 bands competed, and Niagara Regional Police, which has dominated the grade all season, again dominated here. Robert-Malcolm Memorial Senior, the Grade 2 band of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band program, finished second. Results from judges were scattered widely over the two Grade 2 events.

In Grade 3, Dartmouth & District of Nova Scotia took top honours, and MacDonald Caledonia Juvenile of Milton, Ontario, extended its 2000 undefeated streak in Grade 4.

In the solo piping, John Cairns of London, Ontario, garnered the overall “North American Champion” title, sealing the deal by winning the coveted Professional Piobaireachd event and taking prizes in the other three contests.

Grade 1
1st 78th Fraser Highlanders, 2nd City of Washington, 3rd Peel Regional Police, 4th Toronto Police , 5th Celtic Flair

Grade 2
1st Niagara regional Police, 2nd Robert-Malcolm Memorial Senior (Vancouver, BC), 3rd Midlothian Scottish (Chicago, IL), 4th North Coast (Cleveland, OH), 5th Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (Fredericton, NB), 6th Worcester Kiltie (Worcester, MA)

Grade 3
1st Dartmouth & District (Dartmouth, NS), 2 Hamilton-Wentworth Regional Police (Hamilton, ON), 3rd Delmar & District (Delaware), 4th Toronto Police, 5th Durham Regional Police (Ontario), 6th College of Piping (PEI)

Grade 4
1st MacDonald Caledonia Juvenile (Milton, ON), 2nd Glengarry (Maxville, ON), 3rd Dofasco (Hamilton, ON), 4th Cincinnati Caledonian, 5th 8th Wing Command, 6th Edmonton Boys (Edmonton, AB)

Professional Solo Piping

Piobaireachd: 1st John Cairns, “MacDougall’s Gathering,” 2nd Bill Livingstone, 3rd Andrew Berthoff, 4th Bruce Gandy, 5th Ian K. MacDonald. Judge: R. Lawrie

March: 1st Bruce Gandy, 2nd John Cairns, 3rd Andrew Hayes, 4th Andrew Berthoff, 5th Bill Livingstone. Judge: R. Mackay

Strathspey & Reel: 1st Andrew Hayes, 2nd Bruce Gandy, 3rd John Cairns, 4th Colin Clansey, 5th Andrew Berthoff. Judge: J. MacKenzie

Jig: 1st Colin Clansey, 2nd Andrew Hayes, 3rd Ian K. MacDonald, 4th John Cairns, 5th Michael Grey. Judge: J. McGillivray


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