Category Archives: History, Tradition & Heritage

History, traditions and heritage. The bagpipes have all of this in spades.

Halifax Pipe Major Barb Stewart and her father’s pipes: Heading to Juno

TweetMy first piping instructor – still going strong, with her father’s pipes. What the story doesn’t say is that when Barb’s father showed up in Scotland during leave, to pick up and pay for his pipes, his regiment had already … Continue reading

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Bagpiping & golf: the sounds of Scotland in the New World

TweetOn a windswept piece of landscaped rough, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and its pounding surf, as golfers and guests gather to wrap up their day and reminisce about their drives and putts, they witness a beautiful sight and sound as … Continue reading

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Seven great 2015 Scottish highland games & festivals near Vancouver

TweetLooking to satisfy that summer urge for piping, kilts and haggis? British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest is the place to be in 2015. It all starts this weekend with the annual Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival which kicks … Continue reading

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Calling non-competitive pipe bands in the Lower Mainland

TweetFrom the world’s largest, to North America’s oldest, there are many great Scottish highland games around the world. To name just a few, the largest is the Cowal Highland Gathering in Scotland; in the US, there are the Pleasanton Games in California … Continue reading

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Remembering the fallen, with bagpipes in Vancouver and beyond

TweetWhen the bagpiper plays the lament this year at cenotaphs in Vancouver and around the country on November 11, it will a poignant moment for many. As most Canadian are well aware, we lost two soldiers recently on our own shores. … Continue reading

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Remembering veterans in Vancouver and beyond with bagpipes

TweetThe weather forecast is ominous. November 11th is usually the last day of the year that most pipers and pipe bands venture into the great outdoors to perform one last time before winter winds sweep down and snow, rain and … Continue reading

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A loyal, generous and infamous Vancouver pipe major passes into history

TweetThe story about Ian Millman that sticks with me is the time the mayor of Vancouver announced at a crowded formal dinner that the City had decided to fund the Vancouver Police Pipe Band’s upcoming trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. The … Continue reading

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Well deserved Honourary Doctorates

TweetCongratulations to Simon Fraser University Pipe Band Pipe Major Dr. Terry Lee (l) and his brother SFUPB Pipe Sergeant Dr. Jack Lee for being awarded Simon Fraser University’s highest honour – an honourary PhD for their contributions to both the … Continue reading

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