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[2 Aug 2011 | Comments Off on We are the Champions! | ]
We are the Champions!

This year we won the Grade 3 at the North American Pipeband Championship at the Glengarry Highland Games (in Maxville). We are the Toronto Police Pipe Band (TPPB) Grade 3 lead by Pipe Major Brian Urkosky. We are seen marching up to the line and then playing our medley: “At Long Last” (march), “Soenaidh’s Tune” (strathspey), “The Grey Bob” (reel), “The Mermaid” (slow air) , “Daniel Michael Coleman’s Father’s Fancy” (jig), “The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow” (jig), and “Mark Sheridan’s Jig” and “Mark Sheridan” (hornpipe).

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[6 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]
Toronto Police Pipe Band in Kincardine (2010)

A beautiful hot day in Kincardine. The pipes held their tone well in the heat and we played well in the circle. We placed third in the March/Strathspey/Reel.

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[13 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Toronto Police Pipe Band at Alma Highland Games | ]
Toronto Police Pipe Band at Alma Highland Games

We returned to Alma this year for the annual two-day “Scotland, USA” open invitational highland games. The weather was absolutely beautiful and absolutely sweltering. We played a march/strathspey/reel set on Saturday and our Medley on Sunday. We didn’t win though. Oh well, maybe next time!

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[30 Jun 2009 | Comments Off on Lindsay Highland Gathering 2009 | ]
Lindsay Highland Gathering 2009

Lindsay was a new competition venue this year.  Despite the heat and dust, missing Drum Sergeant, and a replacement Bass drummer, we did quite well and came in a respectable second place.  This YouTube video has surprisingly good sound, which shows off the band quite well.

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[13 Jun 2009 | Comments Off on Georgetown Highland Games 2009 | ]
Georgetown Highland Games 2009

I’m off to the highland games in Georgetown. I’ve been playing with the Grade 3 Toronto Police Pipe Band for the past three year. This year, the band consists of a bunch of new members. For some, this is their first real Highland Games band competition. The weather looks good, and our set sounds good. Here’s to the beginning of a new competition season!
Update: We won! First place for Grade III. Woo-hoo! See us on