The Band performs in communities throughout New Brunswick and combining with other RCMP bands performs further from home in national and even international events. Musicians in the Band cover a wide range of ages and backgrounds, but come together with a common purpose; to share and showcase our musical talent and perform for the communities we serve. Celtic music has a powerful appeal to young and old alike and this initiative provides a unique opportunity to bring the community closer to its national police force. The Band performs at dozens of events each year for local, regional and national audiences.
History of the RCMP J Division, Pipes & Drums, New Brunswick
The RCMP J Division, Pipes & Drums is based in Moncton, New Brunswick. The band formed in 1998 and serves as a musical good will ambassador on behalf of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The band is one of seven “RCMP” volunteer pipe bands located in communities across Canada including; Halifax, NS; Moncton, NB; Montreal, QC; Ottawa, ON; Regina, SK; Edmonton, AB; and Vancouver, BC. Together these bands include over 250 musicians following a common national program. The present J Division New Brunswick Pipes & Drums membership includes volunteer musicians from all walks of life and a broad range of ages.
1998 – The Codiac Regional, RCMP, Pipes and Drums was formed. The Band was adopted by the RCMP upon the regionalization of police forces serving the three municipalities of Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview, N. B. At that time members from the Moncton Police Force, Pipes &Drums transitioned to the Codiac Regional RCMP, Pipes & Drums. The Band’s leadership was provided by Pipe-Major Dr. Malcolm A. MacAulay and Drum Major Sam Ermen.
A new tartan – the Band performed in Fredericton, N. B. for the visit of HRH, Princess Anne, and was presented with the RCMP tartan. 1998 the 125th Anniversary of the RCMP was celebrated throughout Canada. The Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo helped in this celebration by featuring the RCMP and the newly formed RCMP Pipes & Drums. During this celebration, three members of Codiac Regional, RCMP Pipes & Drums had the honour of performing and wearing the new RCMP Tartan.
Present – the Band today is now the RCMP J Division, Pipes & Drums in New Brunswick. Under the leadership of Pipe Major Craig Wight, the Band performs in over thirty public events annually, supporting local community events and great causes. Band engagements over the past few years have included;
- The Royal International Nova Scotia Tattoo
- Festival International de Musiques Militaires de Quebec
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City
Locally the band has recently performed:
- Dorchester Sand Piper Festival
- The Relay for Life in Shediac
- St. Andrews Canada Day Celebrations
- The New Brunswick Peace Officers Memorial, Fredericton
- The Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial, Ottawa
- The November 11 Remembrance Day ceremony at the Moncton Coliseum
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