Published: August 31, 2007

Updated: 78th Frasers win Maxville; Triumph Street takes Grade 2

Maxville, Ontario – August 4, 2007 – The Glengarry Highland Games celebrated its 60th anniversary under sunny, warm skies, and the Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders of Toronto took home their thirteenth North American Championship, a new record for the event. Triumph Street of Vancouver won the Grade 2 contest overall.

Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highanders at the line before the Medley event at the 2007 North American Championships, August 4, 2007.Grade 1 Overall
1st Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders
2nd Peel Regional Police
3rd Toronto Police
4th Fredericton Society of St. Andrew
5th City of Washington
Drumming: Scottish Lion-78th Frasers
Best Bass Section: Scottish Lion-78th Frasers
Best Piping: Scottish Lion-78th Frasers

Grade 1 Medley (five competed)
1st Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders (P1:1, P2: 1, D: 2, E:1)
2nd Toronto Police (3,2,1,3)
3rd Peel Regional Police (2,3,3,2)
4th Fredericton Society of St Andrew (4,4,5,4)
5th City of Washington (5,5,4,5)
Drumming: Toronto Police
Judges: Piping 1: R. Crabtree, Piping 2: A. Berthoff; Drumming: H. Dawson; Ensemble: E. Neigh

Grade 1 MSR (five competed)
1st Scottish Lion-78th Fraser Highlanders (1,1,1,1)
2nd Peel Regional Police (3,2,2,3)
3rd Toronto Police (2,4,4,2)
4th Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (5,3,3,5)
5th City of Washington (4,5,5,4)
Drumming: Scottish Lion-78th Frasers
Judges: Piping 1: G. Campbell, Piping 2: G. Brown; Drumming: G. Dinsdale; Ensemble: R. MacCrimmon

Triumph Street competing in the MSR event at the 2007 North American Championships, August 4, 2007.Grade 2 Overall
1st Triumph Street
2nd Midlothian Scottish
3rd St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg
4th Glengarry
5th Dartmouth & District
6th Niagara Regional Police
Drumming: Niagara Regional Police

Grade 2 Medley (nine competed)
1st Triumph Street (1,1,2,1)
2nd Glengarry (3,2,4,2)
3rd Midlothian Scottish (2,4,3,3)
4th St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (4,3,5,6)
5th Dartmouth & District (6,6,6,4)
6th Niagara Regional Police (8,8,1,5)
7th City of Chicago (5,5,8,8)
8th Manchester (9,7,7,7)
9th Charleston Police (7,9,9,9)
Drumming: Niagara Regional Police
Judges: Piping 1: G. Campbell, Piping 2: G. Brown; Drumming: G. Dinsdale; Ensemble: R. MacCrimmon

Grade 2 MSR (nine competed)
1st Triumph Street (1,1,2,1)
2nd Dartmouth & District (2,3,5,4)
3rd Midlothian Scottish (4,4,3,2)
4th St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (3,2,7,3)
5th Niagara Regional Police (5,5,1,6)
6th Glengarry (6,6,8,5)
7th Manchester (7,9,4,9)
8th City of Chicago (8,8,6,8)
9th Charleston Police (9,7,9,7)
Drumming: Niagara Regional Police
Judges: Piping 1: R. Crabtree, Piping 2: A. Berthoff; Drumming: H. Dawson; Ensemble: E. Neigh

Grade 3 (Medley, 12 competed)
1st Edmonton & District (2,2,1,1)
2nd Toronto Police (Gr. 3) (1,1,7,3)
3rd Ulster Scottish (4,4,5,2)
4th Capital Region Celtic (5,5,2,4)
5th MacMillan (3,3,12,9)
6th 400 Squadron (6,6,9,6)
7th Mohawk Valley Frasers (7,7,4,10)
8th Strathnaver (8,10,6,5)
9th Durham Regional Police (8,7,10,7)
10th Windsor Police (Gr.3) (8,10,3,11)
11th Arnprior-MacNab (11,7,11,8)
12th Maritime Air Force (11,12,8,12)
Drumming: Edmonton & District
Judges: Piping 1: R. Mackay, Piping 2: T. Anderson; Drumming: H. Cameron; Ensemble: R. Rollo

Grade 4 (Medley, 14 competed)
1st Georgetown (1,4,3,2)
2nd Dartmouth & District (2,2,6,1)
3rd Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (3,5,7,4)
4th Wasatch & District (6,3,2,9)
5th The Frost (5,1,9,8)
6th Windsor Police (Gr.4) (7,7,5,3)
7th Brighton Legion (4,6,8,6)
8th Glengarry (Gr.4) (9,10,4,5)
9th Hamilton Police (Gr.4) (12,8,1,7)
10th Sons of Scotland (8,9,10,12)
11th Edmonton Boys (10,11,12,13)
12th St. Patrick Battalion (13,13,11,10)
13th Durham Police (Gr.4) (10,14,14,11)
14th Capital Region (Gr.4) (13,12,13,14)
Drumming: Hamilton Police
Judges: Piping 1: George Campbell, Piping 2: G. Brown; Drumming: G. Dinsdale; Ensemble: R. MacCrimmon

Grade 5 (March Medley, nine competed)
1st MacMillan-Birtles (1,1,4,3)
2nd Sam Scott Memorial (3,2,2,2)
3rd Syracuse Scottish (5,3,6,1)
4th Hamilton Police (Gr.5) (7,4,1,4,)
5th Georgetown (Gr.5) (4,5,3,5)
6th Guilford & Glencoe (2,9,7,9)
7th Quigley Highlanders (8,6,5,8)
8th Smith Falls Gordon (6,7,9,7)
9th Sons of Scotland (Gr.5) (9,8,8,6)
Drumming: Hamilton Police
Judges: Piping 1: George Campbell, Piping 2: G. Brown; Drumming: G. Dinsdale; Ensemble: R. MacCrimmon

Professional Solo Piping
Piobaireachd
(18 competed)
1st Andrew Hayes
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Jacob Dicker
4th James MacHattie
5th Colin Clansey
Judge: Ed Neigh

March (19 competed)
1st Ian K. MacDonald, Toronto
2nd Andy Rogers, Fredericton, New Brunswick
3rd Colin Clansey, Ottawa
4th Andrew Hayes, Ottawa
5th Sean McKeown, Toronto
Judge: Rob Crabtree

Strathspey & Reel (19 competed)
1st Colin Clansey
2nd Andrew Hayes
3rd Jacob Dicker, Sarnia, Ontario
4th James MacHattie, Toronto
5th Ian K. MacDonald
Judge: Andrew Berthoff

Jig (19 competed)
1st Colin Clansey
2nd Andrew Hayes
3rd Ian K. MacDonald
4th James MacHattie
5th Jacob Dicker
Judge: Reay Mackay

60th Anniversary MSR (18 competed)
1st Andrew Hayes
2nd James MacHattie
3rd Sean McKeown
4th Jacob Dicker
5th Scot Walker, Emaus, Pennsylvania
Judge: Willie Connell

Professional Solo Drumming
MSR

1st Glenn Neil
2nd Alex Kuddell
3rd Mitchell MacKay
4th Scott Currie
5th Andre Tessier
Judge: Hugh Cameron

HP&J
1st Sandy McKail
2nd Andre Tessier
3rd Aaron Carter
4th Scott Currie
5th Scott Roxton
Judge: Tom Foote

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Congrats to the 78th, well done by Peel, and a special shout out to my guys for third. Good result, congrats to Doug and the gang for taking the drumming in the Medley! See you in the fall…back with bells on.

  2. Way to go Triumph Street! There was never any doubt that you guys would bring home first place. Thanks to the incredibly awsome leadership of David, Shauna and Andre, the phoenix has risen! I know that this is just the beginning for Triumph Street. I look forward to all your future championship performances.

  3. I have to agree with Rob’s rather pointed comment, nobody should be surprised that a band that has been recognized as grade 1 calibre would win a grade 2 contest.

  4. Congrats to the Niagara Police drum corp. Its great to see that one of the finest corp’s in the country is lead by a Kirkwood, perpetuating a great legacy. Well done Graham.

  5. How true that this same group was recognized as grade 1 calibre, as Alan said. Recognized and promoted as well. And how wonderful it would have been if that promotion was taken as a positive result to their hard work from the past organization they belonged to. They would have competed as grade 1, and been very honoured to do so. But, as you will recall, that was not the case. Well guys, you have to start somewhere, don’t you? The generosity of the Triumph Street Pipe Band gave them a place to call home, and the tools to pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and keep going. I do not doubt that they will be grade 1 soon. I would also like to speak to the comment that “nobody should be surprised . . .” I have been to enough contest to know that we are often surprised at the results. No one is perfect, and there are errors from musicians who play at the top of their class (rare as they may be). I too congratulate the 78th Fraser Highlanders on their thirteenth North American Championship. Just because they had won twelve, was no guarantee that they would win thirteen. I am sure that their hard work, focus and passion for this beautiful music (and great leadership) brought them to their win. I look forward to hearing them live one day, but until then it is CD’s for me. I am proud of all those who compete and play their best, but I am especially proud of those in the band my kid is in!

  6. Thanks for the comments, and no I dont dispute the hard work put in by Triumph St. But, you yourself acknowledge they are a grade 1 band. I am glad they found a new home, but I believe they could have started off in gr1 with great results. What ties a knot in my hair sporran, is that they wanted to start a grade below their ability level so that their first year would be spent kicking ***” where ever they went.”

  7. Rob, From what I understand they have a 40% change in membership from when they won the worlds as RMM. Can you imagine if a football or baseball team had a 40% change in membership? The whole group dynamic has changed from last year. They all worked very hard and I’m sure they will be grade one soon enough.

  8. Unfortunately Rob doesn’t quite have his facts straight. Triumph was Graded as Grade Two, and this was a ‘building season’ for the band. They didn’t even play together until late January, having missed the first four to five months of practice because of the fact that they didn’t have a place to call home, let alone a band, etc. These people deserve every kudos afforded to them. There is no doubt in my mind that they will be a Grade One band, and this will be determined by the same organization that previously graded them as Grade Two.

  9. Let’s not romanticize or diminish Neo Triumph Street’s respective speed bumps or victories. In spite of the band’s limbo between grades, personnel changes and affiliations you can bet they never once stopped working hard. The leadership in that band are intensely driven and hungry to be world class. Winning a World Championship is no guaranteed entrance to the next grade. Some have claimed the band in question have been grade 1 quality for the past few years. Some, even now, aren’t convinced they have reached that level. There’s more to being a grade 1 band than top prizes in grade 2. A certain stability of organization, not to mention money, is necessary to be a contender in any grade. With all of the changes this band went through it was a perfectly reasonable and mature decision on the part of the band and their home association to keep the band in grade 2. With another significant prize, a new sponsor and a stable personnel the time could be now to start building a grade 1 career.

  10. I had a chance to hear the Triumph Street band on a number of occasions last week starting with their practice on Wednesday and ending with their Montreal Beer Tent performance on Sunday. Every time I heard them play I was not disappointed and I really enjoyed their musicianship and was inspired by their dedicated, professional attitude towards their craft. I think that this band is an extremely musical group. Although Triumph Street was one of the bands that beat us, hearing them play all week and getting a chance to meet them was just a blast. So for me, the grade that they should or shouldn’t be in this year is whatever. I was also blown away by the musicianship displayed by the Toronto Police Drum Corps in their medley performance. I didn’t get a chance to hear their MSR so if anybody has it recorded I hope you be able will be able to post it somewhere. Thanks in advance. Cheers, Rob Gardner

  11. I think some people really need to stop over-analyzing Triumph Street. Its not as if they band is ‘sand-bagging’ in Grade 2! The issues are sorted out, those guys and gals are playing (and playing well), so why not leave all this nonsens about ‘they should be in Grade 1,’ or ‘big surprise’ out of it? Instead of congratulating them on their apparently well-deserved win, everyone wants to cast aspersions on the bands’ grading — pretty poor behaviour, if you ask me. Moving on to something more positive … I was really impressed with the Toronto Police’s Medley, based on the YouTube performances that have surfaced. Here’s a band that, despite some personal difficulties, came out with a solid, clear sound; drivey tempos; great overall ensemble; and probably the best-constructed Medley in the class (IMHO). Kudos to them on keeping the ball rolling!

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