78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band

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78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band
2003 78th frasers.jpg
LocationToronto, Ontario
Pipe majorDoug MacRae
Drum sergeantDrew Duthart
Tartan78th Fraser Highlanders
Notable honoursWinner, World Pipe Band Championships: 1987. Winner, World Drum Corps Champions 1987, 2007, World Bass Section Champions 2007

The 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, is a pipe band from Campbellville, Ontario, Canada.


The band was formed in 1982 with support from a 78th Fraser Highlanders re-enactment group, but the band was allowed to keep the name after support from the group ceased.[1]

The 78th Frasers became the first non-Scottish band to win the World Pipe Band Championships, in the summer of 1987, breaking Strathclyde Police Pipe Band's (now Greater Glasgow Police Scotland Pipe Band) run of six consecutive wins.[2][3]

Founding pipe major Bill Livingstone stepped down from the role in 2010 after 29 years.[4]

The band is currently led by pipe major Doug MacRae and drum sergeant Drew Duthart.[2] The band has won both the North American Pipe Band Championships (held in Maxville, Ontario) and the Canadian Pipe Band Championships (held in Cambridge, Ontario) a total of twelve times each.[2] The Frasers travel to Scotland each summer to compete at the World's, and have finished in the prize list eleven times.

The band wears the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band tartan, designed for the band in 1998.[5]

Pipe Majors[edit]

  • Bill Livingstone (1982-2010)
  • Doug MacRae (2010-present)

Leading Drummers[edit]

  • J Reid Maxwell (1982-1992)
  • Harvey Dawson (1992-1996)
  • Michael Hunter (1996-2002)
  • John Fisher (2002-2004)
  • Drew Duthart (2004- )


  • 78th Fraser Highlanders (Faces album) (1984)
  • Up to the Line (1985)
  • Live In Ireland (1987)
  • The Immigrant's Suite (1989)
  • Live in Canada - The Megantic Outlaw Concert (1991)
  • Live in Scotland (1993)
  • Flame of Wrath (1998)
  • Cascade (2003)


  1. ^ "78th Fraser Highlanders gain five-year sponsorship". pipesdrums.com. 28 February 2006. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "About". 78thfrasers.net. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  3. ^ "One Great Day: Bill Livingstone recounts the day of the 1987 World Pipe Band Championships". pipesdrums.com. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Bill Livingstone steps down as 78th Frasers' Pipe-Major". pipesdrums.com. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Scotweb targets pipe bands for self-designed tartan". pipesdrums.com. 30 November 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2015.

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