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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 12 Canadian Championship titles, 12 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 Doug MacRae, Pipe Sergeant Robbie Beaton, Drum Sergeant Drew Duthart, and Lead Tenor Taylor Page.

  • Doug MacRae has a 20 year legacy with the band, as well as a solo bagpiping career which includes The Piobaireachd Society (Canada) Gold Medal, The North American Piobaireachd (Maxville) and the Kansas City Silver Medal.

  • 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.

  • Taylor Page is a top level Tenor drummer/instructor who brings her distinct style and energy to the mid-section of the band.  She is a two-time North American Professional Tenor Drumming Solo Champion

  • Colin McKail brings 15+ years of pipe band experince in corps that have won Best Bass & Drum Corps in North America & Scotland from Grade 5-1.  He won PPBSO Champion Supreme multiple times and placed top 3 at MHAF Winter Storm Gold Medal Bass



Meet the 78th

Pipe Corps

Doug MacRae - Pipe Major

Robbie Beaton - Pipe Sergeant
Mitchell Arnold

Peter Aumonier
Mike Baker

Greg Bowen

Connor Cooper

Walter Glendinning

Brian Green

Tyler Harris

Ryan Hicks
Chris Johnson

Tyler Johnson

Bruce MacLean

Calum MacDonald

Liam MacDonald

Liam Melville

Adrian Melvin

Cameron Morrison
Duncan Pringle

Jamie (Julz) Sawyer

Caleb Thibodeau

Adam Tingskou

Graham Thompson

MacGregor Van De Ven

Drum Corps


Drew Duthart - Drum Sergeant
Chris Barr

Ryan Barr

Blair Beaton

Miles Bennington

Cameron McKail

Glen Neil
Maddy Neil

Matt Page

Aaron Roisin

Brian Turner

Kyle Wardell



Colin McKail - Bass

Taylor Page - Lead Tenor

Lauren Bennington

Courtney Green

Rylee Neil

Fiona Weir

Leah Westervelt

Matt Zwicker



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