Published: August 31, 2002

Hunter Resigns From 78th Frasers

Michael Hunter, lead drummer of Toronto-based 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band since 1996, has resigned in order to pursue his successful career as a mechanical engineer and spend more time with his growing family.

The band is currently seeking a replacement for Hunter, and several names are rumoured to be candidates, although reports could not be substantiated at press time.

Hunter assumed the top drumming job in the 78th Frasers after Harvey Dawson led the corps in the early 1990s. Under Hunter’s direction, the Frasers’ drum corps helped bring the band back into serious contention at the World Pipe Band Championships. The band finished fourth overall at this year’s contest, with the drum section ending up fifth.

“It’s tough to accept Mike Hunter’s resignation, certainly from a drumming perspective, but more because he’s such a great person and has been such a positive force in the 78th Frasers,” said Bill Livingstone, Pipe-Major of the 78th Fraser Highlanders. “I can say that the entire band wishes Mike nothing but success in his career, and the door is always open should he ever wish to return.”

“Choosing to leave the 78th Frasers was a very difficult decision for me to make, but I’m departing with many, many great memories,” said Hunter. “I hope that during my time with the band I’ve been able to make a positive contribution, and I’m delighted to leave the band in a very good musical and competitive situation.”

Hunter, a native of Edinburgh, immigrated to Canada in 1993, settling in Toronto. In Scotland he played under Jim Kilpatrick in Polkemmet Colliery from 1985-’86, and Shotts & Dykehead from 1987-’89. Hunter has had prizes in the World Solo Drumming Championships. He is reportedly leaving competitive pipe band drumming altogether.

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