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Meet Jason Paguio: Six Time World Drum Major Champion

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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019 3:34 pm

Attending a Scottish Festival in Pleasanton, California, Alameda county, in the late 1990s while in middle school provided the catalyst for a passion Jason Paguio has honed to perfection. In August, he competed in Glasgow, Scotland, and won his sixth World Champion Drum Major title, winning the first in the juvenile category in 2004. In 2007 he became the first adult winner outside the United Kingdom. With his 2019 win, he was designated “the most successful active competitor at the World Championships,” and he has no intention of stopping.

The World Scottish Pipe Band Association sponsors the Scottish Festival for the world drum major title. Their Perpetual Trophy, originated in 1952, contains the engraved names of winners with their country. Paguio’s name first appears with “USA 2007” at the top of the mace, which the winners keep for their winning year.

Paguio performs almost weekly and competes once a month, locally at Scottish Highland Games in San Diego and Orange County. On his agenda for the coming year are travels to Missouri; Stone Mt., Georgia; Daytona Beach, Florida; and Canada. He performs at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans as well as the Coronado 4th of July parade, although this year he was unavailable.

He enjoys the competitions and traveling since he “gets to see the world: Japan, South Africa, UK, Canada.” Almost every country has a pipe band, even Oman, Malaysia, where he won his division. Competitions continue as scheduled regardless of weather, which often involves wind and rain, especially in Scotland. Because of our ideal weather, Paguio practices at the Coronado beach for a slight simulation of the adverse conditions he will face.

As a youth, Paguio became fascinated with all things Scottish. The pipe bands performing in Balboa Park at the Scottish House inspired him to take up the pipes himself. His oldest brother’s band leader was a Scottish side drummer, which provided a connection, and his two older brothers were school musicians and drum majors. Music has been a part of his life since elementary school. At Chula Vista High School, he was the kilt band leader. He is a classically trained trumpet player and has participated in a jazz band, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the Coronado Community Band, and the Coronado Christmas Band.

Paguio’s first job out of school was at Scottish Treasures/Celtic Corner on Orange Avenue. A Coronado resident for three years, Paguio chose our town, not only because he always wanted to live here but, also, for its similarity to his fiancee’s home in British Columbia. Delighted with his choice, he feels confident Rebecca Maxwell, whom he met at the Scottish Festival in Victoria, BC, will, also, feel at home here.

Giving back is important to Paguio, which is why he volunteers as a Coronado transportation commissioner. He also volunteers with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a flotilla staff officer involved with communications and public affairs. As president and CEO of the Asian Business Association of San Diego, the largest ethnic business chamber, he works with the Pacific Islander and Asian business members and hopes to continue its growth. Encouraging young people to become drum majors, Paguio gives workshops in San Francisco.

With the competitions, performances, workshops, and volunteer service, he found time to enter the entrepreneurial arena in 2006, manufacturing scientifically designed maces for drum majors around the world. He joined drum major Kenneth Misch to form Regimental Mace Company. The website states “Old world craftsmanship meets modern technology to create our bespoke maces used by military, police, fire, and service organizations worldwide. Traditionally styled, while utilizing today’s technologies, these maces are both regal and functional.” In transition, his company is currently finalizing partnership with England’s major mace manufacturer, AMMO & Company.

Jason Paguio’s energetic personality, determination to succeed, and optimistic outlook has combined to propel him into many areas. Coronado is fortunate to have such a forceful young man as a resident.

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