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Sat, Apr 28, 20187:30 pm
Perfromance Hall at The Isabel
$40 Front Orchestra - $35 Rear Orchestra - $25 Mezzanine
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Toronto Police Pipe Band & Breck School of Highland Dance

The Toronto Police Pipe Band will take the stage with the Breck School of Highland Dance for an evening of Scottish music and dance featuring some of the world’s best pipers, drummers and dancers. (,
Featured solo performances by Sophie Hamilton, Sean McKeown, Ian K. MacDonald, Gavin MacKay, and highlighted performances from Bill Livingstone (
The Toronto Police Pipe Band are the current North American Pipe Band Champions. They compete nationally and internationally at the highest level winning many championship titles. They have performed shows in Canada, America, Scotland and France. A recording of their sold out performance at Toronto’s historic El Mocambo won Pipes|Drums Album of the year in 2010. The First Capital Highland Gathering concert will be recorded for the band’s next release.
The Breck School of Highland Dance promotes the development of strong young people from wee dancers to the making of champion dancers.  Their dancers have won individual Championship and Premiership titles across Canada, U.S. and Scotland.  The school also emphasizes training in choreography and are the current Canadian Champions in the large group choreography category, winning for the third time since 2013. They have performed with the Toronto Police Pipe Band in Canada and Scotland.
Dancer, Sophie Hamilton enrolled at the Breck School when she was 3 years old. At just 12 years old she is the current Highland Dancing Ontario Champion, Canadian Champion, Scottish Champion and Commonwealth Champion. Her discipline in training and grace under pressure has made her a fierce competitor and a beautiful dancer inside and out.
Piper, Bill Livingstone is one of the most prolific pipers ever to grace the instrument. His career in piping includes capturing almost every major solo prize available in both light music and Piobaireachd, many solo recordings, six pipe band recordings and two collections of music.  As founding Pipe Major of the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band, Livingstone and his band recorded “Live in Ireland” which is considered by many to be the greatest pipe band recording ever made. Livingstone recently released his memoirs entitled Preposterous: Tales to Follow.
Pipe Major Sean B. McKeown is a Detective Constable with the Toronto Police Service and has been leading the Toronto Police Pipe Band since 2015.  He has won prizes at the highest level including the Canadian Gold medal for piobaireachd (pronounced pee-brook - the classical music of the Great Highland Bagpipe), the Canadian Bar to the Gold (Former winners), the Silver Medal at Inverness, the Open Hornpipe Jig at Inverness, the Cameron Ghillies Championship at the Dr. Dan Reid Memorial Invitational, the Livingstone Invitational and double second-place in the Gold Medal at Oban and Inverness.
Pipe Sergeant, Ian K. Macdonald is a Detective with the Toronto Police Service. He made history in 2016 at two of the most prestigious piping events in the world: the Highland Society of London Gold Medal competitions at the Argyllshire Gathering and Northern Meeting at Oban and Inverness becoming just the second Canadian and twelfth in history to win the rare Double-Gold Medal for piobaireachd in the same year. He has won the "A" grade Strathspey and Reel at Oban and Inverness, the Dunvegan Medal, and recently a second place in the Senior Piobaireachd at the Argyllshire Gathering earning him his third invitation to the Glenfiddich Piping Championships.
Drum Sergeant, Craig Stewart has led the drum corps for Toronto and District Caledonia, The Niagara Police, The Peel Regional Police, and The Toronto Police. He has won the Ontario, Canadian, U.S., and North American championships, both as a soloist and a band player at the highest level, and has been in the top 10 at the World Pipe Band Championships on several occasions.

Piper, Gavin Mackay was the top Amateur player in Ontario winning the aggregate Champion Supreme award in 2016 for Grade 1 light music. That same year he won the under 15 championship in Inverness, Scotland, the under 21 U.S. Junior piping championship in Pittsburgh, and the A division knockout in Toronto. MacKay continued his solo success with the 2017 Ontario Champion Supreme award for both Grade 1 Light Music and Senior Amateur Piobaireachd. His accomplishments earned him an invitation to compete at one of North America’s leading amateur competitions, the Nicol-Brown Amateur Invitational Piping Competition.

Link to Kingston Police Pipe Band page

Link to First Capital Highland Gathering Event page