Published: June 30, 2000

Peel Police Take First Ontario Major

The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band won the first major championship of the 2000 Ontario season by winning here today, beating the 78th Fraser Highlanders on a decision based on ensemble preference.

The March, Strathspey & Reel event was well contested between the two bands, which each had a first in piping. The Toronto Police came in third in the Grade 1 event, while Celtic Flair of Hamilton, Ontario, finished fourth.

In Grade 2, the Niagara Regional Police dominated the event. Many thought that Niagara could have done very well in the Grade 1 contest. Grade 3 was won by the Toronto Police, and Grade 4 was taken by MacDonald Caledonia of Milton, Ontario.

The professional solo piping saw Michael Grey of Toronto take his second straight Piper of the Day award, winning two firsts, a second and a third. Andrew Berthoff, also of Toronto, won the Professional Piobaireachd and Strathspey & Reel events.

Grade 1 Bands
1st Peel Regional Police, 2nd 78th Fraser Highlanders, 3rd Toronto Police, 4th Celtic Flair.

Professional Solo Piping

Piobaireachd: 1st Andrew Berthoff, “The Blind Piper’s Obstinacy,” 2nd Michael Grey, 3rd Scott Walker, Emaus, Pennsylvania, 4th Martyn Brown, 5th Ian MacDonald, Toronto

March: 1st Michael Grey, 2nd John Cairns, 3rd Ian MacDonald, 4th Scott Walker, 5th Colin Clansey, British Columbia

Strathspey & Reel: 1st Andrew Berthoff, 2nd Colin Clansey, 3rd Michael Grey, 4th John Cairns, 5th Hector MacDonald, Toronto

Jig: 1st Michael Grey, 2nd John Cairns, 3rd Andrew Berthoff, 4th Robert Crabtree, Toronto, 5th Hector MacDonald

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