KAHLIL CAPPUCCINO

Bass & Tenor Drumming

Kahlil Cappuccino was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1970. At the age of 5, 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 and rewarding career in the competitive pipe band world.

Up to 1997, Kahlil played in the Glengarry Pipe Band under the leadership of Pipe Major Colin MacLellan; the band rose through the ranks from Grade 4 to Grade 1 winning numerous provincial and national championships in Canada and the USA, the North American Pipe Band Championships as well as achieving top 4 placing at the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade 2.

After a brief pause, Kahlil went on to play with the Grade 2 Canadian Forces Composite Pipe Band in 1998 under the leadership of Pipe Major Sandy Dewar.

In 2002, Kahlil re-joined the Grade 2 Glengarry Pipe Band under the leadership of Pipe Major Colin Clansey. He played in the band until 2004 culminating with a 6th place finish at the Worlds with Kahlil winning the title, World Champion Bass.

On the heels of those accomplishments, Kahlil was invited to play bass with the Grade 1 78th Highlanders Halifax Citadel Pipe band in the province of Nova Scotia. Going into his seventeenth year with the band, he continues to thrive under the leadership of Pipe Major Alex Gandy. He has enjoyed success with the Halifax band having won the North American Championships in 2014 and “Best Bass Section” awards three times at that contest as well as many others. The band also qualified for the Finals at the Worlds in 2005 and 2015. With the Band, Kahlil has garnered several top solo prizes as well including a North American Open Bass Champion title and twice a Midwest Highland Arts Fund Gold Medalist.

Kahlil was also a member of the original Spirit of Scotland Pipe Band in 2008. Pipe Major Roddy MacLeod took the band to the Grade 1 Finals in Glasgow that year. Four years later, the band got together again and Kahlil played with them in a concert at the Royal Glasgow Concert Hall.

Kahlil is an adjudicator with the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario. He also served on their Music Board from 2009-2012. He now sits on the Atlantic Canada Pipe Band Association’s Music Committee. He has also been involved in the world-renowned Midwest Highland Arts Fund as a member of the Winter Storm faculty comprised of top players from around the world.

Kahlil resides in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, with his wife. He continues his career in the Canadian Government as a member of its executive ranks.

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