December 31, 2004

Donaldson leaves 78th Frasers

Iain Donaldson, the well-known piper, has left the 78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto after 22 years with the organization.

Donaldson had been Pipe-Sergeant of the band since 1998 and, apart from Pipe-Major Bill Livingstone, was the only member of the band to have played with them continually since its 1987 World Championship victory.

Donaldson did not give a specific reason for his decision, and is currently undecided as to what band, if any, he might join.

Donaldson’s resignation follows the October departure of John Walsh, who is now playing with the 78th Highlanders (Halifax).

Donaldson owns The British Shop, a well-established retailer of Scottish and piping merchandise in Buffalo, New York.

The move is the latest in a tumultuous Ontario post-season with bands. The Peel Regional Police lost Leading-Drummer Doug Stronach and nearly its entire corps in October. Craig Stewart has returned to that band to rebuild the drum section. Also in the fall, Tom Anderson resigned from the Niagara Police Pipe Band, with Paul DeBoth taking on the top-spot.


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