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A fond farewell to a good friend, bandsman and lead tip

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

RCMP E. Div. Pipe Band Drum Sgt. Gwyn MacGregor

If our RCMP Red Serge tunics had numbers on the back, his number would be respectfully hanging from the rafters of the Justice Institute of B.C.

After more than five years with the RCMP E. Division Pipe Band, Drum Sergeant Gwyn MacGregor is stepping down and departing the band. Gwyn made the announcement earlier this month, citing personal and family commitments. His leadership, musical ability and friendliness at band practice and while on performance will be greatly missed.

Gwyn took over the Drum Sgt. Role from fellow Maple Ridge Pipe Band alumni Alistair Fraser, who was a founding member of the E. Division Pipe Band. Gwyn has been part of the piping and drumming scene in British Columbia for many years. Starting with Nelson’s Kootenay Kiltie Pipe Band in the late 1970’s, he took over drum sergeant duties before moving to the Lower Mainland and joining the Grade 2 Sir. John A. MacDonald Pipe Band and then moving into the Grade 1 Triumph Street Pipe Band. From there to Maple Ridge, a growing family, a Director’s chair on the BC Pipers Association board and eventually to the E. Division Pipe Band. His contribution to the piping and drumming scene in BC has been enormous. Read more…

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