Graham-Baillie Drumming Trophy
The Toronto Branch inaugurated the Graham-Baillie Drumming Trophy in March 2014, and it is awarded annually to the winner of the B Division Amateur Drumming Knockout Series. It was donated by the Toronto Scottish Regiment in recognition of two dedicated members of their Regiment, and long standing members of the Toronto Piping and Drumming community.
About the Graham-Baillie Trophy
Sgt. Victor (Vic) F. Graham
Victor (Vic) Graham was a veteran drummer with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada during World War II. Following the war he joined the Toronto Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums in the mid 1950’s and became their Lead Drummer, taking over from Sgt. Jimmy Lynch.
Vic eventually left the Toronto Scottish and became a side drummer in the Scarborough Pipes and Drums in the mid 1980’s.
Sgt. Andrew (Andy) Baillie
Andy was born in Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, and anyone who knows Andy knows he makes frequent visits back to his homeland. He joined the Toronto Scottish Regiment and took over as Lead Drummer from Vic Graham in the late 1960’s and was the Lead Drummer of the band when Pipe Major John Wakefield, along with Bruce Macdonald, brought the band in Grade 2 competition to win the Champion Supreme title for Grade 2 Pipe Bands in 1978.
Since leaving the Toronto Scottish, Andy has kept up his drumming through instruction of drummers and drum corps in various bands around in the Toronto area.
Vic Graham’s association with the Toronto Scottish and the Ontario pipe band scene dates back to 1961, and Andy Baillie’s dates back to 1968. In 2014, Toronto Scottish Pipe Major Kenneth Bice and his band were pleased to donate the Graham-Baillie trophy to the Toronto Branch, bearing the names of these two excellent drummers and gentlemen the drumming world.