Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders to compete with “28-30” pipers
In an era of ever-expanding bands at the top level, the Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band of Toronto are planning to extend the boundaries even further by competing with anywhere from 28 and 30 pipers in the 2007 season.
Pipe-Major Bill Livingstone has intimated that his band has 34 pipers, 14 snare drummers and a mid-section of seven on its roster.
“My intention is to play everyone who can make the cut, and that looks like 28 to 30,” Livingstone said. “Yes, it’s huge, but who can forget Field Marshal three years ago playing 22 pipers in perfect tune and with stunning precision. It was magnificent, and for me set the paradigm for the great Grade 1 band.”
Livingstone added that the SL78FH will mark its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2007 with several projects. The band plans to release a compilation CD of 25 years of medleys and music, including a studio recording of its 2007 World’s medley, which “breaks some new ground.” The CD release is earmarked for the end of May, along with a record release party combined with an alumni reunion event.
The band also plans to perform in Hamilton, Ontario, at a “mini-concert” on March 17, and will hold its annual CeltFest workshop and mini-concert on May 19.
Livingstone also hinted that the band may stage a “major southern Ontario show” in 2007, which would be the band’s biggest concert in the province since it performed at Massey Hall in Toronto in 1988.
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