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RMM4 Pipe Band

Band Information

The Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band is named after Robert Barbulak and Malcolm Bokenfohr, two dedicated members of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, who were killed in an automobile accident not of their cause in November 1993. The RMM band was formed in January 1994 to continue the development of talented and dedicated players, as Rob and Malcolm were.

The RMM Organization

Part of the world renowned Simon Fraser University Pipe Band, the Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band is named after Robert Barbulak and Malcolm Bokenfohr, two dedicated members of the SFU Pipe Band, who were killed in an automobile accident not of their cause in November 1993. The RMM band was formed in January 1994 to continue the development of talented and dedicated players, as Rob and Malcolm were.

Robert and Malcolm

Robert Barbulak came to the SFU Pipe Band in September 1989 from Alberta. While playing with the band Rob completed a Bachelor of Business Admin. at Simon Fraser University. Rob learned the pipes playing in the Edmonton Boys Pipe Band and was playing at the grade 1 solo level when he came out to BC. After winning several prizes at the amateur top grade in BC, he moved to professional and had advanced to the 2nd round of the BCPA knockout competition. Rob was 23.

Malcolm Bokenfohr grew up in Port Coquitlam and learned the pipes playing with the Maple Ridge Legion Pipe Band under the direction of Archie McAffer. Malcolm moved up through the competitive grades and won the "Coeur D'Alene" school of piping Medallion. He took further instruction from Jack Lee after Archie McAffer and joined the SFU pipe band in 1983. He had joined the board of directors of the BCPA in the year of the car accident. Malcolm was 27.

When and Where

The juvenile bands practice every Tuesday on Burnaby mountain at the Simon Fraser University campus from 7PM to 9PM.   During the competition season the bands hold extra practices on Sunday mornings outside.

Beginner students (Ages 7 to 12) are instructed on the Bagpipes, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum or Bass Drum from September to June, Tuesday 7PM to 8:15

An introduction to music (Ages 6 and 7) class is run from January to June for students who are interested in joining the band as a piper or drummer.

The SFU pipe band typically practices Thursday evenings at the University.   As the season goes on, Sunday practices are added, and during competition season and preparation for the world pipe band championships, these bands can be found several evenings in the week practicing up in the University parking lots or at Burnaby Mountain Park!

Instructors

The instructors are headed up by Pipe Major Terry Lee and Pipe Sergeant Jack Lee and Drum Sergeant Reid Maxwell, all of the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band

PM Terry Lee has been leading the SFU Pipe Band since its inception in 1980, he has lead the band to 4 World Championships in 1995, 96, 99 and 2001!

PS Jack Lee is one of the finest bagpipers in the world with a long list of accomplishments including the gold medals at Oban and Inverness.

DS Reid Maxwell has won the World Pipe Band championships with 3 different bands and has lead two of the pipe bands to the Drumming Championships.

Jack Cairney is the chief piping instructor for RMM4. Jack is the pipe sergeant for the New Westminster Police (formerly Maple Ridge) and was a former pipe sergeant for the Triumph Street Grade One band. Jack is well known in piping circles and played in Grade One for 25 years as a member of Port Moody (became SFU), Triumph Street, and the Abbotsford Police.

Scott Robertson is the drumming instructor for RMM4. Scott was the lead drummer for the Grade One Triumph Street band in the 80's and a member of the drum corps in 1979 when the drummers won the coveted Sash as the top drum corps in the World. Scott is a professional musician and instructor with a background in almost every type of drumming.

The Bands

What started out the first night with 35 members, has grown in the past 12 years to become one the largest band organizations of its kind in the world with a number of bands in various grades as members.

 

 

 

 

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