Peel Police Continue Winning Trend At Chatham

Published: July 31, 2003

Chatham, Ontario – July 12, 2003 – The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band of Brampton, Ontario, won convincingly here today.

With three firsts, Peel took the prize over the Toronto Police in what was only a two band Grade 1 contest. The 78th Fraser Highlanders again decided not to attend, and now look at the crucible of the North American Pipe Band Championship at Maxville, Ontario, on August 2 as the first competition for the band and new lead drummer John Fisher.

Grade 2 went to the North Coast Pipe Band of Cleveland, Ohio, with Dofasco and Halton Regional Police rounding out the first prizes in grades 3 and 4, respectively.

In the Professional Solo Piping, Ian K. MacDonald of Whitby, Ontario, had another heady day, with three first prizes, with prize lists showing little consistency.

Weather was in the low 20s, overcast and breezy, but none of the predicted showers transpired. The paying crowd was large for the event that is reportedly struggling financially.

Bands
Grade 1
(MSR, two competed)
1st Peel Regional Police
2nd Toronto Police
Drumming: Toronto Police
Judges: P. Sinclair, R. MacCrimmon (piping); M. Grey (ensemble); M. Hunter (drumming)

Grade 2 (medley, five competed)
1st North Coast
2nd Niagara Regional Police
3rd Windsor Police
4th 87th Cleveland
5th Hamilton Police
Drumming: 87th Cleveland
Judges: as for Grade 1

Grade 3 (MSR, six competed)
1st Dofasco
2nd Durham Regional Police
3rd Windsor Police
4th Strathroy
5th Lakeridge
Drumming: Dofasco
Judges: as for Grade 1

Grade 4 (march medley, nine competed)
1st Halton Regional Police
2nd Guelph
3rd Blackwater
4th Sault Ste. Marie
5th Hamilton Police
Drumming: 8 Wing
Judges: A. Berthoff, T. Anderson (piping); R. Mackay (ensemble); B. McCue (drumming)

Professional Solo Piping
Piobaireachd
(13 entered)
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Robert Crabtree
3rd Michael Grey
4th Colin Clansey
5th Andrew Hayes
Judge: Archie Cairns

March (15 entered)
1st Michael Grey
2nd Andrew Berthoff
3rd James MacHattie
4th Robert Crabtree
5th Ian K. MacDonald
Judge: Tom Anderson

Strathspey & Reel (15 entered)
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Colin Clansey
3rd Andrew Hayes
4th James MacHattie
5th Glenn Brown
Judge: John Elliott

Jig (15 entered)
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Robert Crabtree
3rd Glenn Brown
4th Colin Clansey
5th Graham Mulholland
Judge: Archie Cairns

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