Only 1 Grade1?
The Toronto Police Pipe Band may have an easy job winning the North American Pipe Band Championship at this year’s Highland Games. It looks like they are the only band registered to compete at the Grade 1 level.
Two other Grade 1 bands – the 78th Fraser Highlanders and the Peel Regional Police Band – are planning to compete in at a number of Games in Scotland rather than Maxville.
The Grade 1 Ottawa Police Service Pipe Band is searching for a new lead drummer. It will not attend the Games either .
The 78th Highlander (Halifax Citadel) can only afford to compete at Maritimes- based events this year while other groups based in British Columbia are unwilling to make the 4,300- kilometre journey just to compete at the Glengarry Highland Games.