Published: July 31, 2011

(HD videos) Peel Police: 2011 North American Champions

Maxville, Ontario – July 30, 2011 – The Peel Regional Police Pipe Band won its second consecutive North American Championship in perfect conditions at a heavily attended Glengarry Highland Games at Maxville, Ontario. The band won the overall award despite finishing second in both of the Medley and MSR events, which the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) and Toronto Police Pipe Band won, respectively. New Westminster Police won the Grade 2 competition. The weather was warm with intense sunshine throughout the day.

In the Professional Solo Piping, Alex Gandy of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, won the overall award, while Jeremy Keddy took the aggregate in the Professional Solo Snare Drumming.

At the massed bands ceremony, Reay Mackay and Ed Neigh each were presented with Honourary Lifetime Memberships to the Pipers & Pipe Band Society of Ontario for their contributions over the last four decades.

The Glengarry Highland Games presented each member of the Peel Regional Police with a specil pin to commemorate their North American Championship. The games said that it will make this a new tradition.

Stay tuned to pipes|drums for HD videos from the Grade 1 band competitions (see bottom of article).

Grade 1
Overall (seven competed)
1st Peel Regional Police
2nd 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
3rd Toronto Police
4th 78th Fraser Highlanders
5th Oran Mor
6th City of Chicago
7th City of Washington

Drumming: MSR –  City of Chicago; Medley –  78th Fraser Highlanders

Medley
1st 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (1,1,3,2)
2nd Peel Regional Police (2,3,2,1)
3rd 78th Fraser Highlanders (5,6,1,3) (ens pref)
4th Toronto Police (3,2,7,4)
5th Oran Mor (4,7,6,5) (ens pref)
6th City of Chicago (7,5,4,6) (ens pref)
7th City of Washington (6,4,5,7)

Judges: Andrew Berthoff, Bob MacCrimmon (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); Ken Eller (ensemble)

MSR
1st Toronto Police (1,1,5,1)
2nd Peel Regional Police (2,3,3,2)
3rd 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (3,2,7,3)
4th Oran Mor (4,4,6,4)
5th City of Chicago (6,6,1,5)
6th 78th Fraser Highlanders (5,5,2,6)
7th City of Washington (7,7,4,7)

Judges: Reay Mackay, Geoff Neigh (piping); Craig Stewart (drumming); Bob Worrall (ensemble)

Grade 2
1st New Westminster Police
2nd Stuart Highlanders
3rd Fredericton Society of St. Andrews
4th Great Lakes
5th City of Regina
6th Glengarry

Drumming: MSR – Fredericton; Medley – Fredericton
Best Bass: Fredericton
Judges: Medley – Reay Mackay, Geoff Neigh (piping); Craig Stewart (drumming); Bob Worrall (ensemble). MSR: Glenna MacKay-Johnstone, Brian Williamson (piping);               Andrew Hoinacki (drumming); John Elliott (ensemble)

Grade 3
1st Toronto Police
2nd 400 Squadron
3rd Dartmouth & District
4th Paris Port Dover
5th 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
6th Hamilton Police

Drumming: Dartmouth and District
Judges: Reay Mackay, Colin MacLellan (piping); Craig Stewart (drumming); Bob Worrall (ensemble)

Grade 4
1st College of Piping
2nd Detroit Caledonia
3rd Niagara Regional Police
4th Penetangore
5th Durham Regional Police
6th Stuart Highlanders

Drumming: College of Piping
Best Bass: Detroit Caledonia
Judges: Glenna MacKay-Johnstone, Brian Williamson (piping);             Andrew Hoinacki (drumming); John Elliott (ensemble)

Grade 5
1st Hamilton Police
2nd Glengarry
3rd 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel
4th Lindsay
5th College of Piping
6th Nickel City

Drumming: 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
Judges: Glenna MacKay-Johnstone, Brian Williamson (piping); Andrew Hoinacki (drumming); John Elliott (ensemble)

Professional Piping
Piobaireachd
1st Sean McKeown
Judge: Ed Neigh

Glengarry Gold Medal – MSR
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Michael Grey
3rd Bruce Gandy
4th Andrew Hayes
5th Ian K. MacDonald
6th Robbie Beaton

Judge: Reay Mackay

March
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Michael Grey
3rd Robbie Beaton
4th Alex Gandy
5th Sean McKeown
6th Colin Clansey

Judge: Bob Worrall

Strathspey and Reel
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Colin Clansey
3rd Bruce Gandy
4th Andrew Hayes
5th Robbie Beaton
6th Ian K. MacDonald

Judge: Ken Eller

Jig
1st Alex Gandy
2nd Michael Grey
3rd Brittney Otto
4th Colin Clansey
5th Ian K. MacDonald
6th Andrew Hayes

Judge: Colin MacLellan

5 COMMENTS

  1. Just a word of thanks for keeping up the great effort of providing the audio of such key competitions. It adds a level of depth to you coverage which cannot really be found elsewhere this way.

  2. Wow! Great results! Congrats especially to my old pals @ TPPB for taking the set, and to Peel for the overall win! Congrats to 78th Halifax for continued excellent results! Good luck to whoever’s going over for the annual Most Expensive Pipe Band Contest in the World” next week.”

  3. Congratulations Reay MacKay on your Life Membership to the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario–there are very few in the piping world with your musical ability and knowledge of piping. And judging is certaily not the easiest of chores–especially with the number of talented players and bands today–a far cry from the Oakwood CI days. Peter MacLeod

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