April 30, 2002

Peel Police Return to Perform with Paul McCartney

The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band of Brampton, Ontario, made a return to public performance on stage with Sir Paul McCartney at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on April 13, when the band performed “Mull of Kintyre” with the former Beatle.

Peel Police took a sabbatical during 2001 to rebuild after a loss of personnel following the 2000 season. John Elliott returned as Pipe-Major, and Douglas Stronach of Fergus, Ontario, joined the band as Leading Drummer.

The band also played with McCartney in 1993 to a crowd of over 40,000 at the CNE grounds. McCartney reportedly personally requested that the Peel Police band be contacted, saying that it is one of the best pipe bands with which he has ever performed.

The Peel Police are apparently in good form to make a return to Grade 1 competition. The band has drawn several new pipers and drummers to its swelled ranks.

Before embarking on a solo career, Paul McCartney’s band, Wings, enjoyed good success. One of Britain’s wealthiest citizens, McCartney was a member of the Beatles from 1962 to 1970, writing such classic songs as “Yesterday,” “Hey Jude,” and “Let It Be.” The late John Lennon’s wife, Yoko Ono, is seen by many as being directly responsible for breaking up the Beatles.


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