78th FRASER HIGHLANDERS
Since its inception in 1982, The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band has been an international leader in bagpiping and drumming, boldly presenting innovative music with subtle hints of Celtic tradition. The band is a force that promotes the continuous improvement of musical skill-set through teaching, concert performances and professional competitions. The band travels to Glasgow, Scotland every year to compete on the international stage at the most advanced level (Grade 1) in the World Pipe Band Championships. The 78th holds 14 Canadian Championship titles, 14 North American Championship titles, a ranking position as one of the top 12 bands in the world 20+ times, as well as a very prestigious and historic title: that of being the first non-Scottish pipe band to win the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 1 (1987).
The 78th has performed for packed halls in various parts of Canada, the United States, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The band has professionally produced 8 recordings, with "Live in Ireland" being the most sold pipe band recording of all time. These albums help reinforce the level of artistry and talent demanded by The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band.
The band is led by Pipe Major Michael Grey, Pipe Sergeant Robbie Beaton, and Drum Sergeant Drew Duthart
Michael Grey returns to the 78th Fraser Highlanders as Pipe Major, having been a founding member of the band that was the first non-Scottish band to win the Grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships. The band is excited to have Michael back leading us to the next chapter of the Band's storied history!!!
Robbie Beaton has played with the 78th Fraser Highlanders since 2007. He is an avid solo/band instructor, and most notably, won the Kansas City Silver Medal in 2014.
Drew Duthart brings 40+ years of pipe band service to The 78th, having previously played with the famed Shotts & Dykehead and British Caledonian Airways Pipe Band (winning multiple World Pipe Band Championships and Drumming Championships); in 2007, he led the drum corps of the 78th Frasers to win the World Drumming Championship.
Meet the 78th
Michael Grey - Pipe Major
Robbie Beaton - Pipe Sergeant
Ian K. MacDonald
MacGregor Van De Ven
Drew Duthart - Drum Sergeant
Matt Bellia - Bass