Carol Fraser, born in Burnaby, British
Columbia, began her drumming career at the age of 8 being taught by Scott
Robertson who is well known in the pipe band and judging areas of British
Columbia and Canada.
Her pipe band experience started around 1980 with the Vancouver Ladies Pipe
Band, just after they won the Grade 3 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The Ladies started off with a junior band
and shortly after with the loss of players, the band amalgamated and formed into
a Grade 2 band where Carol eventually became the lead drummer. She led the
drum corps in their 1990 tour to Scotland to once again play in the World Pipe
Band Championships. Other trips with
the Vancouver Ladies included competitions throughout the West Coast of Canada;
Halifax, Nova Scotia; and western United States.
In 1991, Carol joined the
Grade 1 Triumph Street Pipe Band, playing with them for
3½ years through the Western Canadian and US competition circuit.
In 1995, Carol was invited to play with the City of Wellington Pipe Band, Grade
1, in New Zealand during their competition season.
This was an opportunity not to pass up so off she went ‘down under’. There she met Alistair who, at the
time was playing with the New Zealand Police Pipe Band, Grade 1.
Carol returned to New Zealand in 1996
where she and Alistair were married.
They remained in New Zealand, both playing for
Police pipe band, until returning to Canada again in 1998.
In 1999, Carol joined the Grade 2 Maple Ridge Pipe Band (now the New Westminster
Police Pipe Band). With many changes to the leadership of the drum corps, Carol remained one the few constants of the
drum corps and adapted to many style changes that took place. Over the years, the band attended
many North American Championships in eastern Canada and the World Championships
in Scotland. The band won first
prize in Bridge of Allan in 2001 and in 2009 placed 7th in the
worlds, the only Canadian band in their grade to be in the prize list. In 2009 Carol decided to take a break
from the competition circuit.
Carol joined the RCMP “E” Division Pipe Band in 2006
currently the Drum Sergeant.
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