June 30, 2005

78th Frasers take Hamilton

Hamilton, Ontario – June 25, 2005 – The 78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto started their season in fine form, winning the first PPBSO Championship under blazing hot conditions. The band won playing with 16 pipers, five side drummers, three tenors and a bass.

The Niagara Police won the Grade 2 contest, while the Hamilton Police and Rob Roy took grades 3 and 4, respectively.

In the professional solo piping, results were scattered, but James MacHattie of Toronto gained the overall award.

The temperature soared to 35 degrees, with a humidity index of 43, making tuning and stamina challenging.

Grade 1

1st 78th Fraser Highlanders (“Brig. Ronald Cheape of Tirroran,” “Blair Drummond,” “Charlie’s Welcome”)
2nd Toronto Police (“Royal Scottish Pipers Society,” “Cameronian Rant,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”) (17 pipers, 11 sides, four tenors)
3rd Peel Regional Police “Royal Scottish Pipers Society,” “Susan MacLeod,” “Brown-Haired Maid”) (13 pipers, three sides, two tenors)
Drumming: Toronto Police
Best Bass: Toronto Police
Piping: 78th Fraser Highlanders
Judges: R. Rollo, R. Worrall (piping); K. Eller (ens.), J. Kerr (drumming)

Grade 2
1st Niagara Regional Police
2nd Braemar
3rd McNaughton Highlanders
Drumming: Niagara
Best Bass: McNaughton
Piping: Niagara
Judges: R. Rollo, R. Worrall (piping); K. Eller (ens.), J. Kerr (drumming)

Grade 3
1st Hamilton Police
2nd Windsor Police
3rd Durham Regional Police
4th 400 Squadron
5th Strathroy
Drumming: Windsor Police
Best Bass: Windsor
Judges: G. Neigh, T. Anderson (piping); M. Grey (ens.); B. McCue (drumming)

Grade 4
1st Rob Roy
2nd Guelph
3rd Georgetown
4th Feadan Or
5th Napanee
Drumming: Rob Roy
Judges: G. Neigh, T. Anderson (piping); M. Grey (ens.); B. McCue (drumming)

Grade 5
1st Paris
2nd Jack Dunbar Memorial
3rd Hamilton Police
4th Rob Roy
5th Guelph
Drumming: Paris
Judges: R. Rollo, R. Worrall (piping); K. Eller (ens.), J. Kerr (drumming)

Professional solo piping

1st Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario (“Beloved Scotland”)
2nd John Cairns, London, Ontario
3rd Doug MacRae, London, Ontario
4th Michael Grey, Dundas, Ontario
5th James MacHattie
Judge: Bob Worrall

1st James MacHattie
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Lionel Tupman, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
4th John Cairns
5th Michael Grey
Judge: Bob Worrall

Strathspey & Reel
1st Michael Grey
2nd John Cairns
3rd James MacHattie
4th Ian K. MacDonald
5th Doug MacRae
Judge: Ken Eller

1st James MacHattie
2nd Michael Grey
3rd Ian K. MacDonald
4th John Cairns
5th Lionel Tupman
Judge: Tom Anderson


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