For only the fourth time in its 40-year history, the Delta Police Pipe Band (DPPB) has appointed a new Pipe Major.
John Ralston, a veteran piper in the Lower Mainland, has taken over leadership duties with the band as of September 7th, moving up from his pipe corporal position that he has appointed to shortly after joining the band in 2006.
In the past, Ralston played with a number of bands including the Calgary Kiwanis Pipe Band, the North Hill Lions Pipe Band and the Grade One Clan McBain Pipe Band . Since the start of his involvement with the DPPB John has been engaged in all aspects of the band, including musical selection, band set-up, teaching, and working with individual pipers. Ralston is a piping compatriot of fellow veteran and well known BC piper, instructor and judge Alan Waters.
Ralston replaces Colin Abel, who has been DPPB Pipe Major since 2001. Abel is stepping down from the position but will remainwith the band as a piper.
The DPPB first full band turnout under new PM John Ralsonwill be at the Police Officers and Peace Officers Memorial on September 25th, 2011. This Memorial is to honour those who have died in the line of duty. The RCMP, along with the Canadian Border Service Agency, will be hosting this year’s memorial service on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm at the Millennium Amphitheatre in Surrey (Cloverdale), B.C.