Published: August 31, 2008

Updated: SL78FH take North American Championship, Hamilton wins Grade 2

Maxville, Ontario – August 2, 2008 – The Scottish Lion 78th Fraser Highlanders won the North American Championship under testing conditions with monsoon-like rain interrupting the afternoon pipe band events. Hamilton Police won Grade 2. Bruce Gandy won Piper of the Day honours. The massed bands had to be cancelled and the prizes were awarded in the hockey arena on the grounds at about 8 pm.

Grade 1 (seven competed)
Overall
1st Scottish Lion 78th Fraser Highlanders (click here to listen to MP3 of MSR performance)
2nd Toronto Police
3rd Peel Regional Police (click here to listen to MP3 of MSR performance)
4th Dowco Triumph Street (click here to listen to MP3 of MSR performance)
5th 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel)
6th Windsor Police
7th Oran Mor
Drumming: Toronto Police
Best Bass: SL78FH

Medley
1st SL78FH (1,1,1,1)
2nd Toronto Police (3,3,2,5)
3rd Dowco Triumph Street (2,4,5,3)
4th Peel Regional Police (5,5,3,2)
5th Windsor Police (4,6,4,4)
6th 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (6,2,6,6)
7th Oran Mor (7,7,7,7)
Judges: Ed Neigh, Bob MacCrimmon (piping); Mike Hunter (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)

MSR
1st SL78FH (1,1,3,1)
2nd Toronto Police (2,2,1,2)
3rd Peel Regional Police (4,5,2,3)
4th 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) (3,4,5,4)
5th Dowco Triumph Street (5,3,6,5)
6th Windsor Police (7,6,4,6)
7th Oran Mor (6,7,7,7)
Judges: Sandy Keith, Ken Eller (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); Reay Mackay (ensemble)

Grade 2 (eight competed)
Overall
1st Hamilton Police
2nd Niagara Regional Police (click here to listen to MP3 of Medley performance)
3rd St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (click here to listen to MP3 of Medley performance)
4th Glengarry
5th Fredericton Society of St Andrew
6th New Westminster Police
7th Dartmouth & District
8th City of Regina
Drumming: Niagara Police
Best Bass: Winnipeg

Medley
1st Niagara Regional Police (2,1,1,2)
2nd Hamilton Police (1,3,3,4)
3rd St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (4,2,2,3)
4th Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (6,4,4,1)
5th Dartmouth & District 3,5,7,6)
6th New Westminster Police (5,7,5,7)
7th Glengarry (8,6,6,5)
8th City of Regina (7,8,8,8)
Judges: Sandy Keith, Ken Eller (piping); Greg Dinsdale (drumming); Reay Mackay (ensemble)

MSR
1st Hamilton Police (3,2,2,3)
2nd Glengarry (2,3,5,1)
3rd St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg (1,1,7,4)
4th Niagara Regional Police (7,4,1,2)
5th New Westminster Police (6,5,3,5)
6th Fredericton Society of St. Andrew (4,8,4,6)
7th Dartmouth & District (5,6,6,7)
8th City of Regina (8,7,8,8)
Judges: Ed Neigh, Bob MacCrimmon (piping); Mike Hunter (drumming); Jim Baxter (ensemble)

Grade 3 (14 competed)
1st St Thomas Episcopal School (1,3,2,2)
2nd Westminster (3,4,1,1)
3rd 400 Squadron (4,1,9,5)
4th Durham Regional Police (5,6,5,4)
5th College of Piping – PEI (6,5,4,6)
6th Scotia-Glenville (2,2,12,9)
7th Toronto Police (Gr3) (7,8,3,3)
8th Mohawk Valley Frasers (10,7,6,7)
9th Ulster Scottish (8,10,8,11)
10th Georgetown (11,11,7,10)
11th Capital Region Celtic (9,14,10,8)
12th Lehigh Valley (12,9,11,12)
13th Black Watch of Canada (13,12,13,14)
14th Arnprior-MacNab (14,13,14,13)
Drumming: Westminster
Best Bass: St. Thomas Episcopal School
Judges: Brian Williamson, Rene Cusson (piping); Hugh Cameron (drumming); Geoff Neigh (ensemble)

Grade 4 (23 competed)

1st Penetangore
2nd Paris/Port Dover
3rd Brighton
4th Windsor Police (Gr4)
5th Flint Scottish
6th Rob Roy
Drumming: Flint
Best Bass: Windsor Police
Judges: Leslie Webster, Peter Sinclair (piping); Martin Beaton (drumming); Andrew Berthoff (ensemble)
 
Due to a computer error, the PPBSO originally announced an incorrect Grade 4 result, and announced an official correction on August 5th.

Grade 5 (11 competed)
1st Paris-Port Dover
2nd Grandfather Mountain
3rd Georgetown (Gr 5)
4th Hamilton Police (Gr5)
5th Brantford
6th 78th Highlanders (Halifax) (Gr5)
Drumming: Hamilton Police
Best Bass: Hamilton Police
Judges: Leslie Webster, Peter Sinclair (piping); Martin Beaton (drumming); Andrew Berthoff (ensemble)

Professional Solo Piping (19 competed)
Piobaireachd

1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Andy Rogers, Fredericton, New Brunswick
3rd Ian K. MacDonald, Whitby, Ontario
4th James MacHattie, Toronto
5th Andrew Hayes, Ottawa
Judge: Iain Macey

Glengarry MSR (18 competed)
1st Ian K. MacDonald, “P-M John Stewart,” “John Roy Stewart,” “Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran”
2nd Ben McClamrock, Baltimore
3rd Bruce Gandy
4th Andrew Hayes
5th Andy Rogers
Judge: Andrew Berthoff

March
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd James MacHattie
4th Andy Rogers
5th Michael Grey, Dundas, Ontario
Judge: Reay Mackay

Strathspey & Reel
1st Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Bruce Gandy
3rd Andrew Hayes
4th Lyric Todkill, Houston
5th Michael Grey
Judge: Ed Neigh

Jig
1st Bruce Gandy
2nd Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Andrew Hayes
4th Andy Rogers
5th Sean McKeown, Toronto
Judge: John Cairns

Professional Solo Snare Drumming
MSR

1st Graham Brown, Milton, Ontario
2nd Chris Barr
3rd Ian Madeiros, Toronto
4th Mitchell MacKay
5th Jeremy Keddy
Judge: Jim Baxter

Hornpipe & Jig
1st Aaron Carter, Fredericton, New Brunswick
2nd Graham Brown
3rd Glenn Neil
4th Ian Madeiros
5th Sandy McKail
Judge: Greg Dinsdale

12 COMMENTS

  1. The PPBSO made a huge error when it came to the gr 4 results… It took me 15 seconds after looking at the gr 4 spread sheet to realise the prizes had been announced wrong. It would have taken them 10 minutes to fix the problem had they looked over the sheets before announcing them. It is embarrasing to be a member of the society when stuff like this happens. You would think that with the amount of money we all pay as members every year that you could at least hope that they would not mess up the results at their biggest contest of the year. It is just such a dissapointment.

  2. Hey Hoss. I don’t know for sure. Watch for a report when the information comes to me. I do know one thing: the PPBSO administrators and executive work incredibly hard. If a mistake was made on such a difficult day, I think they should be forgiven. They do 99.99% of things right every year.

  3. Of course, I’d be the last one to complain about an honest mistake. Sharon and crew do an awesome job for the PPBSO. Thanks, I’ll look for the update. HOSS

  4. Been on vacation for a week with no access to nothin’, so a very belated CONGRATULATIONS to all the bands, most especially TPPB! Awesome result! WPPB boys, whassup? I’ll get the skinny. Good luck to everyone at Fergus and in Scotland. PS We bought a boat this week – looks like we could have used it at Maxville instead of on Lake Michigan…f#$% me…(nice picture, AB)

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