2014 Tartan Day Dinner and concert

April 15, 2014 Leave a comment

The RCMP E. Division Pipe Band had a very successful, and fun, evening of piping, dancing, scotch tasting and general merriment on Saturday, April 5. The Tartan Day event was hopefully the first of many more to come. The crowd was appreciative, the food was great and of course the music and dancing fantastic.  Here are a few photos from the evening, courtesy of Sgt. Ed. MacKenzie.

RCMP E. Division Pipe Band in concert.

RCMP E. Division Pipe Band in concert.

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RCMP Tartan Day Concert April 5

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

Celtic-Connection-AdThe RCMP E. Division Pipe Band and the Buffalo Celtic Music Society are proud to present:

  Tartan Day Concert 2014

          “A Highland Celebration”.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Riverside Palace Banquet Hall, 14431 Knox Way, Richmond, BC V6V 2Z1

Cocktails: 6pm. Dinner: 7pm

Featuring:

  • RCMP E. Division Pipe Band
  • The Tam O’Shanter Dancers,
  • Stave Falls Highland Dancers
  • Scotch tasting, silent auction, DJ Pavel and maybe a square set or two.

Dress:  Highland formal, military, Red Serge & tartan.

Cost: $60

Tickets available by calling: 604-308-1424 or 778-838-6366

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Getting down to business in 2014: Suppers, concerts and tattoo’s.

January 13, 2014 Leave a comment

RCMP E. Division Pipe Band IIThe last Christmas lights have been taken down, the plastic Santa Claus and his elves packed away and the tree chipped into mulch. It’s time to get down to the business of 2014.

With the memories of Christmas and New Year starting to fade, it’s band preparation time for a very busy 2014, starting with the traditional Robert Burns Dinner celebrations at the end of January. This year the RCMP E. Division Pipe Band will kick off the new year on January 25 as part of the 2014 Tam O’Shanter Dancers Burns Night celebration at the Star of the Sea Community Hall on Pacific Ave., in White Rock. This is always an entertaining and enjoyable night of music and dancing, and will be the first public event for the E. Division Pipe Band in 2014. Read more…

Parading in Surrey, Vancouver and Quebec City

June 19, 2013 Leave a comment
RCMP E. Division Pipe Band, Canada Day Parade, Vancouver 2012

RCMP E. Division Pipe Band, Canada Day Parade, Vancouver 2012

Ah summer. Officially it starts June 21, but with the pleasant spring weather recently, the RCMP pipe band has been able to get out into the great outdoors where the soft summer breezes mingle with the pleasant sounds of a great pipe band running through their musical repertoire.

This is also the competition season for many other BC pipe bands, and they too are playing outside in various locations, preparing for the next big event, the Coquitlam BC Highland Games June 22.

We are busy with a number of performances this summer, including a trip to Quebec. The Surrey RCMP Auxiliary graduation ceremony is this Saturday in Cloverdale, and for many member of the band, it’s a great way to start the BC Highland Games day. On Canada Day, the band will be front and center at the Vancouver Canada Day parade through the streets of Vancouver, leading an RCMP troupe and a number of other RCMP units. Read more…

New billion dollar practice facility for RCMP pipe band in BC

April 29, 2013 Leave a comment
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. Read more…

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Preparing for Robbie Burns and world class tennis

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

Ah, the new year. Time to take down the Christmas tree, pack away the decorations and settle in for the long haul to spring. Kids are

Piper leading in haggis at Robert Burns supper

Piper leading in haggis at Robert Burns supper

back in school, swimming lessons, music lessons, the list goes on. What really is there to look forward to in January?  More cold weather and clouds. Well, if you’re Scottish or someone who appreciates a great night out, there is one bright spot on the January calendar, and we can thank a well known Scottish chap for that.

January 25 is the birthday of the bard of Scotland, Robert Burns. And what a great time to have a birthday. It’s a month since Christmas and a long way to anything else of note in the new year. Pipe bands around the Lower Mainland are preparing for the celebration, with music, dancing, speeches and of course haggis. The Delta Police Pipe Band, the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and the Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Bands are just three of the bands hosting Robert Burns suppers.

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RCMP honour fallen comrade

November 21, 2012 Leave a comment

E. Division Pipe Band leading procession. (Photo courtesy 24Hrs)

Langley, BC – Thousands of RCMP officers from around Canada, along with colleagues from police, fire and sheriff departments throughout BC, Washington and Australia paid their last respects to a fallen comrade at an RCMP regimental funeral in Langley on Tuesday, November 20.  Cst. Adrian Oliver was killed in a vehicle accident while on-duty in Surrey, November 12.

The RCMP E. Division Pipe Band, under Pipe Major Hugh Peden and and Drum Major Rob Smith led the procession into the Langley Events Centre. Both PipeMajor Peden and bandsman and active RCMP officer Frank Townsley provided pipe solos during the ceremony. The Vancouver Police Pipe Band, Delta Police Pipe Band and the Seattle Police Pipe Band also participated in the ceremony honouring Cst. Oliver’s life.

We were honoured to play a part in this solemn occasion and felt immense pride to be the pipe band representing the national police force of Canada.

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