Congratulations go out to the two youngest members of the Pipes & Drums, Middle School pipers Henry Paluch, grade 7 and Roy Huang, grade 8.
On Saturday, March 4, Henry won the B Division of a piping competition known as “The Toronto Knockout.” The event comprises four rounds of competition held bi-monthly from September to March at Moss Park Armoury in Toronto, home of the 48th Highlanders of Canada.
Run by the Toronto Branch of the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario, the event encourages young Ontario pipers to keep their skills sharp during the winter months when the summer Highland Games competition circuit is idle.
Henry becomes one of the youngest pipers ever to win the event. Two other SAC pipers have won it in the past. Mitchell Arnold ’09 and Alex Seto ’12 each won it twice during their grade 11 and 12 years. Henry played a five-minute medley of tunes consisting of a march, slow air, strathspey, reel, and jig.
The next day, Henry also won the Intermediate Piobaireachd event at the Armoury, while fellow piper Roy Huang won the Novice level Piobaireachd. Piobaireachd (pronouced ‘PEE-brock’) is the classical music of the bagpipe, quite different from the ‘light music’ of the previous day.