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College of Piping takes top titles in North American Pipe Band championships

College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada drum corps Grade 5 and 3, with instructor Chris Coleman.  The group embodies what the College stands for – empowering students to reach their full potential through Celtic performing arts – and is the ultimate reward for an instructor.
College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada drum corps Grade 5 and 3, with instructor Chris Coleman. The group embodies what the College stands for – empowering students to reach their full potential through Celtic performing arts – and is the ultimate reward for an instructor. - Contributed
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

With unbreakable team spirit, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada drum corps took top titles for all of North America at the Glengarry Highland Games in Ontario, recently.

With over 50 bands competing over the weekend, both the College’s Grade 3 and 5 band drum corps were announced as North American Champions in their grade on Saturday, Aug. 3.

“The Grade 3 band placed third, and the Grade 5 band played well in their first experience in international competition but did not make the overall prize list,” said James MacHattie, director of education.

“But it is rare for any band, or drum corps to emerge in first place (for their grade) at an event of that magnitude, so for both the Grade 5 and Grade 3 drummers to win in their category is extraordinary. And those results can be traced directly from the extraordinary leadership, teaching, and mentorship of Chris Coleman,” he continued.

Coleman has been the drumming instructor at the College for more than 10 years and has a long track record of success. However, this particular event, with all his drummers being named North American Champions, will be one he won’t soon forget.

“The Grade 3 drum corps placed ahead of 11 other bands, and the Grade 5 corps prevailed over 18 others,” said MacHattie.

Upcoming events include:

Highland Storm playing at the Celtic Performing Arts Centre in Summerside, from Aug. 12 until 16.

Mini Concerts, Monday to Friday, Aug. 12 until 30 at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Cost is $7 per person, plus tax.

Aug. 24, The Lumber Jills, old-time fiddlers from New Brunswick

Aug. 30, The Unforeseen Concert Experience, playing rock ‘n roll hits across the decades

Aug. 31, HERE WE GO Barn dances.

For more information, visit www.collegeofpiping.com.

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