RRCMP "E" Division Pipe Band 
 
 

 

Gary was born in Ottawa, Ontario but raised and schooled in and around Vancouver. He retired from the Vancouver Police Dept. in 1997 with the rank of Sergeant, after 30 years service. His first experience with pipe bands was as a young constable marching behind the Vancouver Police Pipe Band in numerous PNE parades. This exposure sparked an early interest in pipe bands, their music and culture, and resulted in the collection of a large number of Scottish military and police pipe band LP's and CD's.

Upon his retirement Gary vowed to join a pipe band and to become an oil painter, and has succeeded in doing both. In 1998, Gary moved to Comox BC, took up art lessons and joined the Courtenay Legion Pipe Band as their new bass drummer, and began playing almost immediately. His first instructor was D/M Jack Bode, formerly of the RCAF Pipe Band.

He has paraded with the Courtenay band throughout Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and Washington State, and has participated in many military events at CFB Comox. He has competed locally in numerous open bass drum competitions and has been on the medals list on several occasions, while his Grade 4 band’s drum corps has taken first place at three competitions under the leadership of D/S Eric Legere.

Gary's only formal instruction occurred in 2000 at the SFU Pipe Band’s Summer Drumming School at Silver Star in Vernon, BC, and at the 2001 Pacific Institute of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts at Shawnigan Lake, BC. His instructors have included John Fisher, Dan Bist, Kurt Watts, Eric Legere (RCAF Pipe Band, Trenton), and Alistair Fraser.

Gary joined the RCMP "E" Division Pipe Band in January, 2006, and in October of that year he played in their inaugural performance at the Scottish Cultural Centre in Vancouver. He still plays with the Courtenay Legion Pipe Band along with fellow "E" Division members Gary Usher, Ralph Burton and Stephan White.

Gary currently lives in Campbell River with his partner, Lenore.

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