Pipes and Drums

A pipe band is a musical ensemble consisting of pipers and drummers. The most common form of pipe band consists of a section of pipers playing the Great Highland bagpipe, a section of snare drummers, several tenor drummers and usually one or two bass drummers. The entire drum section is known collectively as the drum corps. The band follows the direction of the pipe major; when on parade the band may be led by a drum major, who directs the band with a mace. At Fergus, the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums can be heard throughout the town from parade to pub and onto the Festival grounds.

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To find out more information about the Pipe, Drum and Pipe Band competitions, follow this link to the Pipers’ and Pipe Band Society of Ontario.

Competition Results

In 2021 we hosted a virtual competition.

Professional MSR
1st Place – Ian K. MacDonald
2nd Place – Gordon McCready
3rd Place – Daniel Carr

Professional Hornpipe Jig
1st Place – Gordon McCready
2nd Place – Ian K. MacDonald
3rd Place – Tyler Bridge

Professional Piobaireachd
1st Place – Dolin MacLellan

Grade 1 Piping Freestyle Medley
1st Place – Joseph Biggs
2nd Place – Laura Mullin
3rd Place -Mark McClennan

Practice Chanter
1st Place – Zoe Smith
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Grade 1 Snare MSR
1st Place – Devin Roberts
2nd Place – Rita DeNobriga

Grade 1 Tenor HP/Jig
1st Place – Andrea Jackson
2nd Place – Courtney Green

Professional Bass MSR
1st Place – Johnny Rowe
2nd Place – Arnaud Jean-Louis

In 2020 we hosted a virtual competition.  For full list of results  see the PPBSO website

Fergus Trophy Winners:

  • Professional Piper – Ian MacDonald
  • Amateur Drummer – James Kirkwood
  • Amateur Piper – Colin Johnstone
  • Under 19 Piper of the Day – Caden Straus
  • Grade 3 Pipe Band – Guelph Pipe Band
  • Grade 4 Pipe Band – Hamilton Police Pipe Band
  • Grade 5 Pipe Band – London Fire Fighter Pipe Band

For full list of results  see the PPBSO website

Fergus Trophy Winners:

  • Professional Drummer – Cameron McKail
  • Professional Piper – Tyler Bridge
  • Amateur Drummer – James Kirkwood
  • Amateur Piper – Gavin Mackay
  • Under 19 Piper of the Day – Kayleigh Johnstone
  • Grade 2 Pipe Band – Hamilton Police Pipe Band
  • Grade 3 Pipe Band – Guelph Pipe Band
  • Grade 4 Pipe Band – 8 Wing RCAF Pipes and Drums
  • Grade 5 Pipe Band – Peel Regional Police Pipe Band

For full list of results  see the PPBSO website

Fergus Trophy Winners:

  • 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

Fergus Trophy Winners:

  • 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

Videos

The Great Highland Bagpipe - How It Works

Massed Bands

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