News and Notices
Wednesday August 6th, 2014
The skies threatened mayhem, but failed to fully deliver, as the 78th Highlanders (Halifax Citadel) Pipe Band were crowned North American champions at the 67th running of the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville Ontario on August 2, 2014.
In becoming what may be the youngest Pipe Major of a winning Grade 1 band at Maxville, Alex Gandy led his charges, which included his father, Bruce, to three 1st place marks in the medley, and a strong 2nd place finish in the MSR to claim the overall title. In what was clearly a “78th” type of day, the 78th Fraser Highlanders from Ontario finished 2nd overall, winning the MSR in the process. In 3rd place, despite winning the “best pipes” designation on the day, was the Toronto Police Pipe Band. Peel Regional Police rounded out the grade 1 field. Watching on proudly as her grandson and son-in-law marched off the field as champions was June Rollo, accompanied by uncle and brother-in-law, Jimmy Rollo and mother and wife, Beverley Gandy.
Wednesday July 30th, 2014
Please note that updated 2014 Champion Supreme Points for both bands and solo competitors are posted on this website. Click on “Competitions” on the menu bar above, and choose either the band or solo links.
You can also access them by clicking on the links below.
Monday July 28th, 2014
At the recent Cambridge Highland Games, home to the Canadian Pipe Band Chanpionships, pipes|drums Magazine (www.pipesdrums.com) recorded what is believed to be the first video ever shot of an actual competing pipe band from inside the circle. pipes|drums, an Ontario-based publication, cleared the way with the Ottawa Police Pipe Band, the PPBSO and the contest adjudicators in order to gain this unprecedented access. The result is a spectacular insider’s view to what it is like to be on the inside of a high-level pipe band in the competition circle. Thanks to pipes|drums publisher Andrew Berthoff for recording this rare footage, and for sharing with us.
Monday July 21st, 2014
The string of good-weather games finally came to an end on Saturday at the Cambridge Highland Games, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants nor the spectators as a large crowd witnessed the 78th Frasers continue their 2014 winning streak in the Grade 1 MSR contest. Continue Reading
Friday July 18th, 2014
The Annual General Meeting of The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario, will be held November 8, 2014 at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Best Western, Brant Park Inn, Brantford, ON
The Annual Highland Gala of The Pipers’ & Pipe Band Society of Ontario will follow at 6:30 pm the same day at the Best Western, Brant Park Inn, Brantford, ON
Details will follow at a later date.
Thursday July 17th, 2014
The Grade 5 Band Meeting will take place on Friday August 1, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the PPBSO Steward’s tent.
Thursday July 17th, 2014
All Amateur events, accept Bass/Tenor and Drum Major take place on Friday August 1, 2014 starting at 8:15 a.m. All Professional events, including Amateur Bass/Tenor and Drum Major take place on Saturday August 2, 2014 starting at 8:00 a.m.
Tuesday July 8th, 2014
The 78th Frasers completed the natural hat-trick by taking the Grade 1 Medley contest at the Kincardine Scottish Festival on Saturday, July 5, 2014. Peel Regional Police were second on the strength of ensemble preference, with Toronto Police taking the final spot. All three bands showed exceptional mid-season form, which bodes very well for the remaining 2014 contests.