Cap­puc­cino in­ducted into Hall

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The Glen­garry Celtic Mu­sic Hall of Fame holds its in­duc­tion cer­e­mony Fri­day, May 24, at the Bonnie Glen Pavil­ion in Alexan­dria. This is part of a se­ries of in­ductee bi­ogra­phies sub­mit­ted by the Hall of Fame.

Kahlil Cap­puc­cino was born in Mon­treal in 1970. At the age of five, he moved with his fam­ily to Glen­garry. In 1987, af­ter hav­ing taken up per­cus­sion in the high school orches­tra, Kahlil was ap­proached to be the bass drum­mer for the Glen­garry Pipe Band.

From 1987 to 1996, Kahlil played in the Glen­garry Pipe Band un­der the lead­er­ship of Pipe Ma­jor Colin MacLel­lan dur­ing which time the band rose through the ranks from Grade 4 to a brief stop in Grade 1. Along the way, the band won nu­mer­ous pro­vin­cial and na­tional cham­pi­onships in Canada and the USA, the North American Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships as well as achiev­ing top 4 plac­ing at the World Pipe Band Cham­pi­onships in Grade 2. Dur­ing that time, Kahlil also won sev­eral awards of­ten gar­ner­ing “Best Bass” in­clud­ing at a Con­ti­nen­tal level. He also took time to study So­ci­ol­ogy and An­thro­pol­ogy and English Lit­er­a­ture at Car­leton Univer­sity, earn­ing a BA.

Af­ter a brief pause, Kahlil went on to play with the Grade 2 Cana­dian Forces Com­pos­ite Pipe Band in 1998. Suc­cess at this level con­tin­ued un­der the guid­ance of Pipe Ma­jor Sandy De­war un­til the band’s demise in 2000. Dur­ing that time Kahlil also started a ca­reer in the Gov­ern­ment of Canada in strate­gic pol­icy and plan­ning man­age­ment.

In 2002, Kahlil re-joined the Grade 2 Glen­garry Pipe Band un­der the lead­er­ship of PM Colin Clansey. He played in the band un­til 2004 cul­mi­nat­ing with a sixth place fin­ish at the Worlds with Kahlil win­ning the ti­tle, World Cham­pion Bass.

On the heels of those ac­com­plish­ments, Kahlil was in­vited to play bass with the Grade 1 78th High­landers Hal­i­fax Ci­tadel Pipe band in Nova Sco­tia. Go­ing into his 14th year with the band, he con­tin­ues to thrive un­der the lead­er­ship of PM Alex Gandy. Kahlil has also en­joyed suc­cess with the Hal­i­fax band hav­ing won the North American Cham­pi­onships in 2014 and “Best Bass Sec­tion” awards three times at that con­test. The band also qual­i­fied for the Fi­nals at the Worlds in 2005 and 2015.

With the Band, Kahlil has gar­nered sev­eral top solo prizes in­clud­ing a North American Open Bass Cham­pion ti­tle and twice a Mid­west High­land Arts Fund Gold Medal­ist.

Kahlil was also a mem­ber of the orig­i­nal Spirit of Scot­land Pipe Band in 2008. PM Roddy MacLeod took the band to the Grade 1 Fi­nals in Glas­gow that year. Four years later, the band got to­gether again and Kahlil played with them in a con­cert at the Royal Glas­gow Con­cert Hall.

Kahlil has be­come an ad­ju­di­ca­tor with the Pipers and Pipe Band So­ci­ety of On­tario. He also served on their Mu­sic Board from 2009 to 2012. He now sits on the At­lantic Canada Pipe Band As­so­ci­a­tion’s Mu­sic Com­mit­tee. He has be­come a sought af­ter clin­i­cian through­out Canada and the United States.

Kahlil has also been in­volved in the Mid­west High­land Arts Fund’s event, Win­ter Storm in Kansas City both as a com­peti­tor and as a mem­ber of the fac­ulty com­prised of top play­ers from around the world.

He be­gan as a com­peti­tor in 2007 plac­ing in the prize list each of the five times he has com­peted, in­clud­ing win­ning the Gold Medal Bass Drum­ming Cham­pi­onships in 2008 and 2014.

Kahlil re­sides in Ot­tawa, with his wife and their 17-year-old twins.

He con­tin­ues his ca­reer in the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment as a ex­ec­u­tive with the Depart­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage where he is the the Direc­tor, Copy­right Pol­icy in the Cul­tural Af­fairs Sec­tor.

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