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New Westminster Police Pipe Band

History

The New Westminster Police is proud of its connection and history as the Maple Ridge Pipe Band and hopes to build on the accomplishments of the band. From its humble beginnings as a group of only three pipers and five drummers, the Maple Ridge Pipe Band has evolved into a community fixture of the Pacific Northwest, entertaining audiences with its enchanting pipe and drum melodies for 59 years. Founded in 1948, the band originally practiced its tunes in the cow fields of Maple Ridge, in British Columbia's scenic Fraser Valley! And right from the beginning, the band has been a changing mix of pipers and drummers. Indeed, one of its inaugural members in 1948 was Major Willie Campbell, retired piper to her Majesty Queen Victoria. Until his death in the 1960's, Major Campbell was known as the band's honorary Pipe Major.

Over the years, the Maple Ridge Pipe Band has competed at competitions throughout British Columbia, Washington State and California. Many of the band's pipers and drummers have won several individual trophies and awards. In addition to competing, the Maple Ridge Pipe Band has also performed at innumerable parades, weddings and other social events. One of the band's more popular functions has been its own annual Robbie Burns dinner, now heading into its 62th year of celebration.

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