Ontario is down to only two confirmed Grade 2 bands after the reported collapse of the Niagara Regional Police Pipe Band following the departure of Pipe-Major Dave Goodall, Lead-Drummer Graham Kirkwood and Pipe-Sergeant Patricia Kirkwood, as well as several other members, leaving the organization with only its Grade 4 band.
The three former leaders of Niagara have reportedly joined the Grade 3 Penetangore Pipe Band, under that band’s new pipe-major, Jake Watson.
In September 2009 the Grade 1 Peel Regional Police announced a new partnership with Watson and Penetangore, with the latter band serving as a feeder system.
The collapse of the Niagara Police leaves Ontario with only the Hamilton Police and Glengarry confirmed in Grade 2. The Burnett’s & Struth Pipe Band, which debuted in 2009 in Grade 3, and Penetangore reportedly may each apply for promotion to Grade 2 following an influx of personnel in each band.