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New billion dollar practice facility for RCMP pipe band in BC

RCMP E. Division Headquarters, Surrey, BC

RCMP E. Division Headquarters, Surrey, BC

Vancouver – OK, it’s not necessarily built for the E. Division Pipe Band, but we do get to use it.

This spring, the RCMP E. Division Pipe Band has started to practice in the new $975 million headquarters of the RCMP in British Columbia.  The new building consolidates all existing RCMP headquarters throughout Metro Vancouver into a new secure site in the City of Surrey, known as the Green Timbers site.

For years, the RCMP headquarters were scattered around several aging buildings in the Fairmont area of Vancouver, near 37 Ave. and Heather Street. The Fairmont facility was non-purpose built, was significantly overcrowded, poorly located operationally and reaching the end of its useful life. The Green Timbers site provides a central, integrated, purpose-built headquarters facility for E Division while meeting current safety and security standards.

It’s also a great place for the RCMP pipe band to practice and be part of the new facility. Most of the RCMP pipe bands in Canada (there are seven) practice in RCMP facilities and now the BC band will follow our piping (and drumming) colleagues. Our band will have access to the new gym, meeting

RCMP Memorial, Green Timbers, Surrey, BC

RCMP Memorial, Green Timbers, Surrey, BC

rooms, cafeteria and green space outside for our Tuesday night practices.  The band looks forward to the opportunity to practice alongside the men and women of E. Division and to be part of the community outreach of our national police force. It is a beautiful building with all modern conveniences. RCMP personnel have been more than welcoming to the band and we look forward to a close association with our sponsors over the next many years.

With spring already here and summer around the corner, watch for the pipe band to be practicing in the green spaces around Green Timbers, as the band preps for it’s summer trip to Quebec’s military tattoo.

RCMP E. Division Headquarters, Surrey, BC

RCMP E. Division Headquarters, Surrey, BC

Feel free to contact any band member if you would like to come out to sit in on a practice, listen to us play or participate as a member of the band. We are currently in a recruitment-drive and are looking for drummers and pipers as we continue our push to become one of the top performance pipe bands in BC.

Contact Pipe Major Hugh Peden: Hugh_Peden@shaw.ca or Lead Drummer, Carol Fraser: carol.fraser@shaw.ca

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