MacHatties join expanding 78th Frasers
James and Kylie MacHattie, pipers with the Grade 1 Toronto Police Pipe Band for the past six years, have left the band and have joined the Grade 1 Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band in a move that brings the latter band’s pipe section roster to at least 36 players.
James MacHattie had been Pipe-Major of the Toronto Police until announcing his stepping down from the role in February. Under his direction, MacHattie took the band to two North American Pipe Band Championship victories.
The 78th Frasers had revealed in January 2007 that it had 36 pipers on its roster and that the band planned to compete with as many as 30 in the 2007 season. The news, posted first on pipes|drums, was met with widespread discussion, both for and against the expanded numbers, on online forums.
Both James and Kylie MacHattie are professional-class solo pipers, and James has had considerable success in top competitions in Canada and Scotland.
The Toronto Police band is actively recruiting pipers for the 2007 season.