Pipes & Drums

The Fergus Scottish Festival hosts its solo and band competition in conjunction with the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario and will showcase some of Ontario's best talent.

Keep checking back to see updates on 2018 Pipes, Drums and Pipebands program...

Professional Drummer – Iain Bell

Professional Piper – Tyler Bridge

Amateur Drummer – James Berry

Amateur Piper – Colin Johnstone

Under 19 Piper of the Day – Colin Johnstone

Grade 3 Pipe Band – Guelph Pipe Band

Grade 4 Pipe Band – Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band

Grade 5 Pipe Band – Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band

 

Solo Results:

Professional Piping

Professional Jig
Judge: Calum MacDonald

1 Bridge, Tyler
2 Whittemore, Dylan

Professional March
Judge: Jim McGillivray

1 Bridge, Tyler
2 Whittemore, Dylan

Professional S/R
Judge: Calum MacDonald

1 Bridge, Tyler
2 Whittemore, Dylan

Grade 1 Piping

Grade 1 6/8 March
Judge: Calum MacDonald

1 Arnold, Mitchell E.
2 Johnstone, Colin
3 McClennan, Mark
4 Mitchell, Charles David

Grade 1 March
Judge: Terry Cleland

1 McClennan, Mark
2 Johnstone, Colin
3 Mitchell, Charles David
4 Arnold, Mitchell E.

Grade 1 S/R
Judge: Jim McGillivray

1 Johnstone, Colin
2 Mitchell, Charles David
3 Arnold, Mitchell E.
4 McClennan, Mark

Grade 2 Piping

Grade 2 Jig
Judge: Terry Cleland

1 Runciman, Kate
2 Mackay, Drew
3 Johnstone, Kayleigh
4 Kersell, Jazz
5 Bawden, Kris
6 McNeil, Teresa

Grade 2 March
Judge: Jim McGillivray

1 Runciman, Kate
2 Mackay, Drew
3 Fleming, Gordon Peter
4 van de Ven, Finley
5 Johnstone, Kayleigh
6 Kersell, Jazz

Grade 2 S/R
Judge: Norman McDonald

1 Mackay, Drew
2 Runciman, Kate
3 Johnstone, Kayleigh
4 Bawden, Kris
5 Fleming, Gordon Peter
6 Smedmor, Nigel

Grade 3 Piping

Grade 3 March
Judge: Jim Scott

1 Malish, Michael
2 Little, Harrison
3 Fotopoulos, Cameron
4 Verstegen, Cameron
5 Scharf, Chris
6 Lasseter, Kathleen

Grade 3 S/R
Judge: Terry Cleland

1 Little, Harrison
2 Scharf, Chris
3 Paluch, Henry Michael
4 Malish, Michael
5 Willson, Justin
6 Fotopoulos, Cameron

Grade 4 Piping

Grade 4 March A
Judge: Ellen Mole

1 Parsons, Matthew
2 MacDonald, Alexander
3 Baker, Alek
4 Dennison, James Paul
5 Nardi, Mark Patrick
6 Bishop, Thomas E

Grade 4 March B
Judge: Norman McDonald

1 Smith, Jasper James
2 Bruce, Mitchell
3 Huang, Roy Geyang
4 Macpherson, Caleb John
5 Redford, Tyler
6 Dewar, Andrew

Grade 5 Piping

Grade 5 March A
Judge: Jim Scott

1 McCutcheon, Connor W.
2 Sutherland, Garrett Scott
3 Castro Wiese, Zander
4 Park, Shirley
5 Doucette, James
6 McDonell, Gordie

Grade 5 March B
Judge: Norman McDonald

1 Fox-Ivey, Aiden
2 Pianosi, Charles E.
3 Bunston, Jillian
4 Chaddock, Liz
5 Adam, Louise
6 Winkler, Jake

Practice Pad/Chanter Piping

Practice Chanter – Novice March
Judge: Terry Cleland

1 Duckett, Owen
2 Fox-Ivey, Declan

Professional Piobaireachd

Professional Piobaireachd
Judge: Jim McGillivray

1 Bridge, Tyler
2 Whittemore, Dylan

Senior Amateur Piobaireachd

Senior Amateur Piobaireachd
Judge: Calum MacDonald

1 McClennan, Mark
2 Johnstone, Colin
3 Arnold, Mitchell E.
4 Mitchell, Charles David
5 Sullivan, Kaj
6 McNeil, Teresa

Intermediate Amateur Piobaireachd

Intermediate Amateur Piobaireachd
Judge: Ellen Mole

1 Paluch, Henry Michael
2 Runciman, Kate
3 Fotopoulos, Kyle
4 Malish, Michael
5 Mackay, Drew
6 Johnstone, Kayleigh

Junior Amateur Piobaireachd

Junior Amateur Piobaireachd A
Judge: Glenna MacKay-Johnstone

1 Mitchell, John David
2 Huang, Roy Geyang
3 Dennison, James Paul
4 Mora, Matthew
5 Smith, Glenn
6 Macpherson, Caleb John

Junior Amateur Piobaireachd B
Judge: Michael MacDonald

1 Parsons, Matthew
2 Fotopoulos, Cameron
3 Willson, Justin
4 MacDonald, Alexander
5 MacRae, Angus
6 Nardi, Mark Patrick

Novice Piobaireachd

Novice Piobaireachd
Judge: Glenna MacKay-Johnstone

1 Little, Harrison
2 Lasseter, Kathleen
3 Bunston, Jillian
4 Shadlock, Vicki
5 Benjamin, Scott
6 Dewar, Andrew

Professional Snare

Professional H/J
Judge: Brian McCue

1 Bell, Chris
2 Bell, Iain

Professional M/S/R
Judge: Brian McCue

1 Bell, Iain
2 Bell, Chris

Grade 1 Snare

Grade 1 H/J
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 1 M/S/R
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 2 Snare

Grade 2 H/J
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 2 M/S/R
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 3 Snare

Grade 3 M/S/R
Judge: Brian McCue

1 Berry, James
2 Summers, Shahna
3 MacDonald, Cameron

Grade 4 Snare

Grade 4 March
Judge: Brian McCue

1 Bunston, Callum
2 Holmes, Aprille
3 Rugman Jr., Mark

Grade 5 Snare

Grade 5 March
Judge: Brian McCue

1 Redford, Cameron
2 Little, Sasha
3 Bruce, William
4 Reid, Carter
5 Platt, Elliot
6 Lunn, Susan

Practice Pad/Chanter Snare

Practice Pad
Judge: Brian McCue

1 Fox-Ivey, Grant

Professional Tenor

Professional Tenor M/S/R & H/J
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 1 Tenor

Grade 1 Tenor
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 2 Tenor

Grade 2 Tenor
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 3 Tenor

Grade 3 Tenor
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 4 Tenor

Grade 4 Tenor
Judge: Kate Dudek

1 McNabb, Ashlyn
2 Cohen, Dawn
3 Callon, Erin
4 Lasseter, Mairen
5 Savage, Brandon
6 Szarka, Katey

Grade 5 Tenor

Grade 5 Tenor
Judge: Kate Dudek

1 Carpeneto, Megan Elizabeth
2 Carroll, Graham

Professional Bass

Professional Solo Bass M/S/R & H/J
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Amateur Bass

Amateur Solo Bass
Judge: Kate Dudek

1 McFadden, Liam
2 La Croix, River

Novice Bass

Novice Solo Bass
Judge: Kate Dudek

1 Kite Smith, Dylan

Professional Drum Major

Drum Major – Professional
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Amateur Drum Major

Drum Major – Novice
Judge: N/A

Results are not available.

Band Results

Grade 1 Medley

Judges:
Piping 1: N/A
Piping 2: N/A
Drumming: N/A
Ensemble: N/A

Best Bass:  N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 2 Set

Judges:
Piping 1: N/A
Piping 2: N/A
Drumming: N/A
Ensemble: N/A

Best Bass:  N/A

Results are not available.

Grade 3 Medley

Judges:
Piping 1: Calum MacDonald
Piping 2: Terry Cleland
Drumming: Brian McCue
Ensemble: Jim McGillivray

Best Bass:  Guelph Pipe Band

  1. Toronto Police Pipe Band – Gr.3 (1, 1, 1, 2)
    2. Guelph Pipe Band – Gr.3 (2, 2, 3, 1)
    3. Rob Roy Pipe Band – Gr.3 (3, 3, 2, 3)

Grade 4 March Medley

Judges:
Piping 1: Calum MacDonald
Piping 2: Terry Cleland
Drumming: Brian McCue
Ensemble: Jim McGillivray

Best Bass:  Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band

  1. Durham Regional Police Pipes & Drums – Gr.4 (1, 2, 2, 1)
    2. Ryan Russell Memorial Pipe Band – Gr.4 (3, 1, 4, 3)
    3. Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band – Gr.4 (5, 4, 1, 2)
    4. Border Cities Caledonian – Gr.4 (2, 3, 3, 4)
    5. London Fire Fighters Pipe Band – Gr.4 (4, 5, 5, 5)

Grade 5 March Medley

Judges:
Piping 1: Calum MacDonald
Piping 2: Terry Cleland
Drumming: Brian McCue
Ensemble: Jim McGillivray

Best Bass:  Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band

  1. Cambridge & District Pipe Band – Gr.5 (1, 1, 2, 2)
    2. Georgetown Pipe Band – Gr.5 (3, 2, 6, 1)
    3. Guelph Pipe Band – Gr.5 (2, 4, 3, 4)
    4. Paris/Port Dover Pipe Band – Gr.5 (8, 5, 1, 3)
    5. London Fire Fighters Pipe Band – Gr.5 (6, 6, 5, 6)
    6. St. Andrews Pipes & Drums, Mississauga – Gr.5 (7, 8, 4, 5)
    7. Ontario Fire Service Pipes & Drums – Gr.5 (5, 3, 8, 8)
    8. Grand Celtic Pipe Band – Gr.5 (4, 7, 7, 7)

 

For full list of results  see the PPBSO website

Competitions - Order of Play

The list of competitors grows every day. The Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario  has the full list of competitors

Fergus Pipe Band Celebrates 90th Anniversary!

Founded in 1927, the Fergus Pipe Band has a long and proud history. In the formative years, J.W. (Jack) MacDonald served as piping instructor and acting pipe major, and J.W. Henderson Sr. was drumming instructor. In 1930, Thos. Patterson, formerly with the Guelph Pipe Band, assumed the position of pipe major. Thos. MacDonald, an experienced drummer with highland regiments and a World War I veteran, took over the duties of drumming instructor.

Two of the founding members had served with the Seaforth Highlanders in the first World War and it was agreed to adopt the MacKenzie tartan that was worn by the Seaforth Highlanders. The band continues to proudly wear the tartan today.

Merchant James Russell (now James Russell & Sons Ltd.) provided the lumber and site for members of the Pipe Band to run a refreshment stand in Fergus to raise funds for uniforms. Thanks to this venture and the generosity of local citizens, funds were raised and the first uniforms were purchased. The first parade in full uniform took place in June 1931 when the band led the I.O.O.F. church parade in Fergus.

For decades, the Fergus Pipe Band has enjoyed a solid reputation as a street band. The band has participated in parades both locally in Ontario and elsewhere, including parading in Maple Leaf Gardens in the 1950’s; participating in Warrior’s Day parades at the C.N.E.; participating annually in Remembrance Day and Church Parades in Elora, Salem and Fergus, and playing at a number of events throughout our communities: Oktoberfest parade, 2006 World Lacrosse Championship; opening act for Great Big Sea (2005) and much more.

Since 1932, the Fergus Pipe Band has been competing successfully in local competitions throughout Ontario – Hanover, Cambridge, Kincardine, Embro, Hamilton, Maxville and Fergus. When the first Highland Games in Fergus were established in 1946, the band began its long history of being the ‘hometown’ band, playing at the Tattoo, at various events throughout the weekend and competing.

As we celebrate our 90th anniversary, the Fergus Pipe Band continues to be a thriving band, with a full roster of pipers and drummers, ranging in age from 15 to 80. We are proud to be part of the history of Fergus and we look forward to the next 90 years. We think our founding members would be pleased at the way the band they formed all those years ago is still going strong. The two photos show the band as it was on its first parade and the band as it is in 2017.

 2016 Results – Pipes & Drums

  • Professional Piper: MacDonald, Ian K.
  • Professional Drummer: Haynes, Jeremy E.
  • Amateur Piper: MacKay, Gavin
  • Amateur Drummer: Orosz, Kenneth
  • Under 19 Piper of the Day: MacKay, Gavin

For more information, visit the Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario website.