August 31, 1999

78th Frasers clinch Ontario Champion Supreme title with win at Maxville

Toronto’s 78th Fraser Highlanders, led by Pipe Major Bill Livingstone, clinched the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario’s Champion Supreme award for Grade 1 by winning the North American Pipe Band Championship at Maxville, Ontario, on July 31. The Frasers have won all five PPBSO majors this year.

Peel Regional Police, which has been second in each championship, has proven to be strong competition for the 78th. While the Frasers are known now for a consistent and robust sound, Peel is considered by many to lead in the creativity department, with inventive, well designed medleys.

In Grade 2, the Niagara Regional Police have dominated most contests. With a pipe section comprising many players with Grade 1 experience, Niagara is thought to have an excellent shot at moving into the premier grade in 2000.

Niagara was tipped at Maxville by City of Washington from Washington, DC – another band that’s a good bet to move to Grade 1 next year – but then came back the next day to best Washington at Montreal.

There are two more championships left in the Ontario season, Fergus and Sarnia, but the former falls on the same day as the World Pipe Band Championships and will have sparse attendance from competitors.


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