78th Halifax, Peel split firsts at Kingston (HD video)

Published: May 25, 2013
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Kingston, Ontario – May 25, 2013 – While most of the competing bands in the UK played in glorious warm sunshine in Bathgate, Scotland, the first outdoor competition of the Ontario season was hit with unusually cold temperatures, hovering around 15 degrees, but with a wind coming straight from the Arctic. In the three-contest Grade 1 competition, the Peel Regional Police won the Medley competition while the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) took the MSR.

The event attracted a large crowd with comprehensive solo piping and drumming in the morning. The contest was not officially sanctioned under PPBSO rules, but solo points went towards that organization’s Champion Supreme tally, while band results did not. The 78th Halifax opted to attend Kingston rather than the first PPBSO competition at Georgetown. Ontario’s other Grade 1 band, the 78th Fraser Highlanders, elected to compete at the United States Championships at Alma, Michigan.

Grade 1
Medley
(own choice, three competed)
1st Peel Regional Police (1,1,2,1)
2nd 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (2,2,3,2)
3rd Toronto Police (3,3,1,3)

MSR (own choice, three competed)
1st 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (2,1,3,1) (enesemble preference)
2nd Peel Regional Police (1,2,2,2)
3rd Toronto Police (3,3,1,3)

Judges for both events: Andrew Berthoff, Ken Eller (piping); Doug Stronach (drumming); Ed Neigh (ensemble)

Grade 3 (medley, five competed)
1st Paris Port Dover
2nd Rob Roy
3rd Penetangore
4th Toronto Police (Gr3)
5th Air Command

Judges: Andrew Berthoff, Ken Eller (piping); Doug Stronach (drumming); John Cairns (ensemble)

Grade 4 (medley, seven competed)
1st Glengarry (ensemble preference)
2nd Hamilton Police
3rd Arnprior MacNab (ensemble preference)
4th York Regional Police
5th Highland Mist
6th Sons of Scotland

Judges: Andrew Berthoff, Ken Eller (piping); Doug Stronach (drumming); Ed Neigh (ensemble)

Grade 5 (march medley, eight competed)
1st Rob Roy  (Gr5)
2nd Barrie Pipes and Drums
3rd 32nd Service Battalion
4th Hamilton Police (Gr5)
5th Napanee & District Caledonia
6th Smiths Falls Gordon

Judges: Andrew Berthoff, Ken Eller (piping); Doug Stronach (drumming); Ed Neigh (ensemble)

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  1. gramps

    The fact that I couldn’t get to Kingston yet I can still watch the medleys and MSRs of the Gr. 1 bands is great. I sit here in my southern Ontario home and watch the World’s and other great contests. I listen to great players on Pipeline, wow! I know I’m showing my age but all this still has a huge wow factor for me. Thanks Andrew and to all the others who make all this possible.

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