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Brockville Pipes and Drums

Brockville, Ontario

Friday, April 20, 2018

A History of the Band


Memorial Plaque
Pipe Majors

The Brockville Pipes & Drums was formed in 1931, and is one of the oldest pipe bands in Canada. The first Pipe Major was Tommy Marshall.

Our present members are people, young and old, who volunteer their time and efforts to the band. The Brockville Police Service and the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch #96 sponsor the band. As a result the Band is often part of civic parades and also participates with the veterans in many of their military parades.

The band is a parade and concert band, although it has a history of competition as well. The schedule includes approximately thirty events each year. We participate in many community parades, tattoos and highland games, throughout Eastern Ontario and Northern New York.

Excerpts from a newspaper article, February 15, 1957 (Brockville Recorder & Times):

"The first meeting of what turned out to be the Brockville Highland Pipe Band was held August 12, 1931 when a few Pipers from Auld Scotland gathered together with a yearning to again hear the skirl o' the Pipes. Some experienced Pipers and Drummers were available so a Band was formed which carried on until the outbreak of war in 1939. During the years before the war many engagements were filled on both sides of the Border....

"In 1934 uniforms of Royal Stewart Tartan were purchased from R.G. Laurie Co. Ltd., Glasgow, Scotland and drums from Whaley-Royce & Co., Toronto... In 1955 it was decided that new uniforms must be obtained and a start was made on organizing a campaign for funds....

"MacDonell of Glengarry Tartan was adopted as a tribute to the town of Brockville which raised a Company of men for the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Regiment and as a tribute to Thomas Marshall who was Pipe-Major of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders Pipe Band during World War II."

The Band still wears Royal Stewart tartan kilts (pleated to the blue stripe) but no longer wear MacDonnell of Glengarry tartan ties.

The Band incorporated in 1994 and the legal name of the band is City of Brockville Pipe Band. The Band is a Canadian Registered Charity and the Registration Number is 890882665RR0001. This means if you make a donation to the Band we can provide you with a donation receipt for income tax purposes.

Brockville Pipes and Drums Memorial Plaque

On June 1, 2016 there was a special unveiling of a plaque before the concert. Through the efforts of band member Brian Porter a plaque was created to represent the history of the band in Brockville since 1931. The family of the first Pipe Major Tom Marshall was there to help with the unveiling.

Doug Grant (designer), Heather (Marshall) Hannaford, daughter of first Pipe Major Tom Marshall, Gord Hannaford, Cynthia Herman, Karen (Hannaford) Taylor, Tom Marshall - grandchildren of P/M Tom Marshall, Brian Porter

Pipe Majors

Pipe Major Stewart Nimmo
P/M from 2009-present
Pipe Major Ken Larocque
P/M from 1989-2009
Pipe Major Harry Blair
P/M from 1961-1989
Pipe Major Tom Marshall
P/M from 1931-1961