Published: June 30, 2005

78th Frasers appoint new bass drummer

The 78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto have appointed a new bass drummer after John Rowe had to resign due to a back injury.

Bob Hartleib is the band’s new bass drummer, and will make his debut with the band at the first Ontario Championship of 2005 at Hamilton, Ontario, on June 25.

“Bob brings with him a great deal of experience dating back to his days with the Grade 1 Guelph Pipe Band and, more recently, the Windsor Police Grade 2 band, which achieved considerable success both at home and in Scotland,” says Bill Livingstone, Pipe-Major of the 78th Frasers. “We wish John a successful procedure and speedy recovery.”

Rowe, a resident of Nova Scotia, played with the band for a year, replacing Colquhoun in early 2004.

The band has had eight bass drummers since the late Luke Allan held the original post throughout the 1980s. Other 78th Fraser bass drummers since Allan are Jim Murdoch, Colin Neil, Joe Driscoll, Glenn Smith and Craig Colquhoun. Colquhoun was with the 78th Frasers for about 10 years, and was with the band when its bass section won three World titles.

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