Members of the Fraser Cheam Regional Pipe Band.

Pipe band captures Best Band award

The Fraser Cheam Regional Pipe Band brought home the top trophy in its category from the annual Royal Canadian Legion Highland Gathering in Ladysmith on the weekend.

The Fraser Cheam Regional Pipe Band brought home the top trophy in its category from the annual Royal Canadian Legion Highland Gathering in Ladysmith on the weekend.

In addition, members also captured an armful of individual awards from the prestigious event.

The Royal Canadian Legion has been organizing a Highland Gathering at various locations in B.C. since the mid ‘60s. Last year the event was held in Squamish and before that in Chilliwack.

This year  Fraser Cheam Regional Pipe Band won the Grade V trophy for Best Band for the second time. It won the trophy before the hometown crowd in Chilliwack in 2009.

The score sheets told the story. The pipe section scored 95 points out of a possible 100 and the drum corps also scored 95 out of a possible 100 points.

Bass drummer, Justin Padgett, took second place in Best Bass on Parade and Sheila Campbell was second in Best Tenor on Parade. Also, the drum section was sixth in Best Drum Corps on Parade and Drum Major Eric Fawcett was fourth in Best Drum Major on Parade.

The parade consisted of 14 bands from all over Vancouver Island and the Mainland.

Fraser Cheam Regional Pipe Band is a local  band, based in Chilliwack and composed of members who live in Chilliwack or the Chilliwack area. The members who competed at Ladysmith were Pipe Major Chris Peterson, Pipe Sergeant Larry Dent, pipers Dan MacDermid, Kendall Clarke, Mary Anne Clapp and Brian Barnes. Drum Sergeant Brian Campbell, drummers Murray Stewart, Bill Stewart, tenor drummer Sheila Campbell and bass drummer Justin Padgett.

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