The City of New Westminster Community Pipe Band was officially born in 1991 after the City of New Westminster, British Columbia passed a special resolution in Council allowing the British Ex-Servicemen’s Pipe Band (which had originally been formed in 1979) to use the city’s name and crest. The Band currently consists of 17 members with 10 pipers and 7 drummers.
AFFILIATION WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION
Our band is also known as the Pipes and Drums of the South Burnaby Royal Canadian Legion Branch #83. We consider this Branch our "home base" and perform at the Branch on many occasions, including Remembrance Day, November 11th.
The Band practices every Monday evening from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. in the hall at the South Burnaby Legion Branch #83 on Grimmer Street and routinely on the fourth Sunday of everyone from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Pipe Band wears the Military Gordon tartan kilt, with either a full highland uniform, or a formal day/evening uniform
Serving as an on-going Ambassador for the City of New Westminster, the Pipe Band performs at a wide variety community days, fairs, fund-raisers, parades and Scottish celebrations in and around the British Columbia lower mainland, the gulf islands, sunshine coast, Vancouver Island, as well as in the state of Washington in the U.S.A. The Band especially strives to play for non-profit organizations involved in worthy community programs such as service clubs, Veterans’ clubs, seniors groups (including those living in long term care facilities), and Charities. The band also performs at annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies.
Individual members of the Pipe Band regularly volunteer their time for community events such as official ceremonies, installation of officers, piping in dignitaries, playing the lament at funerals, etc. Members of the band also compete from time to time in piping and drumming competitions, such as at the Legion Highland Games.
WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
The City of New Westminster Community Pipe Band welcomes new pipers and drummers at the Grade 4 level. Primarily a street band, the Band enjoys performing at many local special events, and at Royal Canadian Legion, and Army, Navy and Air Force functions, and joining with other bands such as the Vancouver Firefighters’ Brass Band or the Royal Westminster Regimental Brass Band in doing special public performances.
DONATIONS GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED
The Band is a self-supporting, charitable organization, and donations for performances are gratefully accepted. The band is a member of the New Westminster Arts and Cultural Council, and occasionally received grant funds from the council.
The Band is available year round for bookings for parades and special events. To receive more information about the City of New Westminster Community Pipe Band, or to book the Band for an event, please contact Pipe Major Mike Carpenter, at 604-585-9682 or cellular: 778-988-9621