About Us


Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band - 2014

Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band – 2014

The Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band was formed in 1975, and performs throughout the Oceanside communities of Vancouver Island.

Our band members are of all ages and backgrounds.  What we share is a love of the pipes, and a commitment to bring traditional pipe music to our community.  Our longest-standing member is Margo Walters who has been playing the pipes with the band since 1987.

Usually referred to as a “street band”, our focus is on performing in local parades, Remembrance Day and Canada Day celebrations, Burns Suppers as well as local community events.  Our pipers and drummers strive for excellence in quality of playing, dress, discipline and drill.

 

A Sketch of History

Band in Remembrance Day March - 1975

Band in Remembrance Day March – 1975

The Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band was formed in 1975 with a commitment to the preservation, promotion and education of Gaelic culture through musical performance.  The band adopted its name in recognition of the special support provided by the Parksville Royal Canadian Legion, Mount Arrowsmith Branch 49.  Mark Clark served as the band’s first Pipe Major.

Band members at the Coombs Fall Fair - 1977

Band members at the Coombs Fall Fair – 1977

For the next few years, the band continued to develop and perform at various local events under the direction of Pipe Major Bob Landon.  From an enthusiastic beginning in 1975, interest in band participation unfortunately waned.  The band became inactive from late 1977 until 1984, when the band was re-organized by Garth Pritchard and Tom MacPherson, again with the support of the Parksville Legion Branch 49.

In 1986, under the leadership of Pipe Major Donald Mathewson, the band began to grow and flourish and again became involved in a number of community events.  From the early to mid-90’s until 2001 the band had four different Pipe Majors:  Bill Poppy, John Avery, Arliss MacNeil and Jim Rowley.

2003 Mel Wilson with Lt. Gov and Aide

P/M Mel Wilson with Lt. Govenor and Aide 2003

The Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band of today, with its strong components of piping and drumming, education and community involvement, is largely the result of the hard work and dedication of Mel Wilson.  Mel became the Pipe Major in 2001, and provided the band with leadership, direction and stability until 2014.

Josh Dieleman assumed the role of Pipe Major in 2014, and continues to lead the band in performing in the community, and supporting new pipers and drummers.

Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band - 2014

Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band performing at the 2014 Canada Day Parade in Parksville, BC

 

Band Members

The Pipers

Josh Dieleman – Pipe Major

Jim McKnight – Pipe Sergeant

John Alexander

Kai Carleton 

Don Carmichael

Shawn Carle

Duncan MacDonald

Ishbel Mucklow

Don Mulders 

Margo Walters

Susan Wismer

 

Joshua Dieleman - Pipe Major Jim McKnight - Pipe Sergeant

Josh Dieleman, Pipe Major and Jim McKnight, Pipe Sergeant

The Drummers

Johnny Akerman –  Lead Side Drummer

John Churchley – Side Drummer

Keith Cyr – Side Drummer

Catherine Dickie – Tenor/ Bass Drummer

Jed Jednorog – Drum Major

Andrew Jones-Murrell  – Bass Drummer

Linda Obermeyer – Tenor Drummer

Robin Shackleton – Side Drummer

David Wismer – Tenor Drummer

 

 

Band Repertoire

music

 

MARCHES

4/4

Scotland the Brave/Wings/Gardens of Skye
Minstrel Boy/Will Ye No Come Back Again/Rowan Tree
Maple Leaf Forever
Within a Mile O’ Edinburgh Toon/Badge of Scotland
Meeting of the Waters

3/4

Green Hills of Tyrol/When the Battle’s O’er

2/4

Barren Rocks of Aden/Mari’s Wedding
Black Bear Hornpipe/Caller Herring
Liberton Polka

6/8
The Cock O’ the North/Bonnie Dundee/Steam Boat
Angus MacKinnon
Lt. Col A W Scott Elliot

9/8
Battle of the Somme/Heights of Dargai

 

IRISH SET

Wee Geordie/Brandy the Bitch

 

SLOW AIRES

Dark Isle/Road to the Isles
Morag of Dunvegan/High Road to Gairloch/Brown Haired Maiden
Amazing Grace
Going Home

 

MEDLEYS

Murdo’s Wedding/Flett from Flotta/Lament for Rory Mor/Jolly Beggerman/Castle Dangerous
Peter MacKenzie Warren/Smith’s a Gallant Fireman/Leaving Lismore/Eddy McDonald/Gipsey’s Warning
Rathven Market/Molly Connell/Hector the Hero/Wexford Hornpipe/Lady Bonnie of Balbeggie

 

MARCH STRATHSPEY REEL

Mel’s March/Caledonian Canal/Alick C McGregor/Drum Major Cal Wilson

 

Uniform

Cameron of Erracht tartanThe Tartan

The Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band wears the tartan of Cameron of Erracht.

 

 

The Kilt

The Scottish kilt has a unique design with a distinctive tartan pattern.  The patterns are associated with individual clans and families that can be traced back over two hundred years.

 

 

The Sporran

Sporran is a Gaelic word meaning pouch or purse.  The sporran is generally made from leather with fur or silver trim.  The band wears a traditional “day” sporran of black leather.

 

 

MAPB capThe Glengarry

The head gear used by the band is the glengarry.  This is a wedge shaped cap with a trailing ribbon.  The glengarry was named after Glengarry Valley in Scotland.

 

 

The Sgian Dubh

Weapons are a traditional component of Scottish military dress.  The Sgian Dubh (Gaelic for “black dagger”) is a short knife worn inside the upper hose.  Many of the band members wear the traditional Sgian Dubh.

 

Sponsorship/Donations

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our two major sponsors:

Mount Arrowsmith

Mount Arrowsmith

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49 (Mt. Arrowsmith) has been sponsoring the band since the beginning – in fact, the band was named Mount Arrowsmith in honour of Branch 49.

 

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 211 (Bowser) has also been a long-standing and valued sponsor of the band.  Who cannot enjoy being part of an event like the Bowser Legion Lawnmower Races!!!

 

As a non-profit organization, we rely on and welcome financial support from the community.  If you are interested in helping us out with a sponsorship or donation, fill out the form below and submit with a cheque, or contact us.  Income tax receipts are issued for donations of $25 and over.

Download the Donation Form Here

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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49 (Mt. Arrowsmith) and Branch 211 (Bowser)