The Hamilton Police Grade Four Pipe Band
North American Grade Four Pipe Band Champions, 2004
Two-time Grade Four Canadian Champions, 2003-2004
The Hamilton Police Grade Four Pipe Band is a blend of young and experienced players, with seasoned pipers and drummers mentoring and playing alongside some of the top young players in the southern Ontario region.
The 2003 solo competition results in Ontario were filled with the names of young Hamilton pipers and drummers in Grades Three, Four and Five. Several members — including Mitch Taylor, Amy Borysko and Claire Haynes — were recognized in Nov. 2003 for their Champion Supreme wins.
That recognition followed a successful season that included solo wins at Maxville and Fort Erie, where band members surprised even themselves and marched off with the Canadian Grade Four title.
It was far less of a suprise in June 2004 when the band successfully defended its Grade Four title at the Canadian Pipe Band Championships, following on earlier wins at Hanover and Georgetown. The band went on to win at Kincardine, Chatham and at Maxville – taking the North American pipe band title in a field of 16 bands, playing through a rain-soaked qualifying round and hours later in the final.
Musicians in the band range in age from 12 years to the other side of 50 years. In all, there are more than 17 pipers in the Grade Four band, and another 10 on the snare line and drum mid-section.
The Grade Four band is led by Pipe Major Peter Aumonier, a top solo competitor and nationally-regarded judge, and former member of the famed Simon Fraser University Pipe Band organization. John Gaudet has joined the band to lead the drum corps, with instruction by Ian Madeiros.