Cappuccino inducted into Hall
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.