Kahlil Cappuccino was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1970. At the age of five, he moved with his family to Glengarry County, Ontario – a place
perhaps best known for hosting the North American Pipe Band Championships. Skip forward several years and in 1987, after having taken up percussion in the high school orchestra, Kahlil was approached to be the bass drummer for the Glengarry Pipe Band. And so began his long career in the competitive pipe band world.
From 1987 to 1996, Kahlil played in the Glengarry Pipe Band under the leadership of Pipe Major Colin MacLellan during which time the band rose through the ranks from
Grade 4 to a brief stop in Grade 1. Along this extraordinary rise, the band won numerous provincial and national championships in Canada and the USA, North American Pipe Band Championships at the Glengarry Highland Games, as well as achieving a top four placing in Grade 2 at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. During that time, Kahlil also won several individual awards often garnering “Best Bass” on numerous occasions including at a Continental level.
Thank you to Bruce McCuaig for writing this article and Graeme Ogilvie for pulling it together!