The Regina Police Service Pipes & Drums was formed in 1985 and initially instructed by George Crawford and Howard Chamberlain. Initially, the band was made up of police members only, all the new players having learned from scratch. Over time, more experienced pipers and drummer joined from the community, and currently, the band is comprised of mostly civilian members.
We need photos and more history here.
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Boy's Pipe Band, with kilts, bagpipes, drums, standing on church steps. Back row centre is Tom Hogg. Middle row left to right: Archie Macmillan, Billy Montgomery, Muriel Boyle.
Date: [ca. 1940].
Source: Local History Room, Saskatoon Public Library
The Yorkton & District Pipe Band was established in 1978 and performs at community functions in the Yorkton District.
The SPBA was originally a branch of the "Prairie Pipe Band Association," which covered Saskatchewan, Manitoba and (sometimes) Alberta. Jim McWilliams took on the task of editing and distributing a Newsletter for members and bands, and they were a welcome addition to the scene. Jim's sense of humour was sometimes reflected in Letters to the Editor from the mysterious "Eldon W. Nerfell," who seemed to have some unusual ideas about how things should be done.
|The Bandsman - January 1971 [pdf]|
|The Bandsman - Fall 1974 [pdf]|
|PPBA Newsletter, 1983 [pdf]|
|Bylaws and Other PPBA/SPBA docs|
|Original 1969 Bylaws|
|"Pipe Bands Organize" - clipping from Piping Times, 1969|
"Care and Maintenance of the Bagpipes"
Event Programs & Clippings
|Fort San Concert - 1971|
|Fort San Concert - 1987|
Sask Championships - 1981
|A Legislative Controversy - Neil Sutherland not allowed to play at opening of February 1932 Sask Legislature. Clippings from Regina Leader. Feb 5 | Feb 6 | Feb 8 | Feb 8|
|Sask Junior Championships - Indoor Contest in Moose Jaw reported in the Piping Times.|
The first championship in modern days was held in 1975 to determine a representative for the Canadian Pipe Band Championships in Ottawa, and starting in 1976 the event was organized and managed as The Regina Highland Festival by the Wa Wa Shrine Pipes & Drums. The contest used to be held early in September.
|Items from Pipe Bands|
|Canadian Women's Army Corps article|
|10th Field Regiment, R.C.A. - trip itinerary|
|10th Field Regiment, R.C.A. - retreat ceremony|
|Fraser Pipe Band - various clippings 60s/70s|
|16/22 Horse Regiment - there are some lovely, handwritten letters from Jock Chalmers and Roderick McMillan describing the history and membership of the band, and also with Jock's observations about piping in Scotland and Canada.|
|Kindersley Pipe Band History - written by Stuart Kolbinson|
|Early Regina Pipe Band History, by J.A. MacKay|
Formed by serving police officer (retired as Deputy Chief of Operations) P-M Hugh Fraser, MMM, CD in 1961, the Saskatoon Police Pipes and Drums have represented the city at many events regionally and nationally over the years.
We'd love to have a bit of a history and some band photos. The current band web site is here.