began piping in 1967, with The Black Watch (Royal Highland
Regiment) of Canada, in Montreal Quebec. Colin competed with
the cadet band that, in 1969, won the Grade 3 Championship
at the Maxville Highland Games, in Maxville Ontario. He played
with the cadet band for four years before moving up to the
battalion band in 1972. In 1974, Colin traveled with the band
to perform at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
in Montreal, Colin had the unique opportunity to play pipes all
through his High School years,
with The Olde 78th Fraser Highlanders. The band performed at Fort
Ste Helene, in period uniforms of the 1700s, and was a constant
summer job for 6 years. Aside from extensive trips to the Atlantic
Provinces, and the eastern seaboard of the United States, the band
was also the host band for the International Scottish Festival in
Toronto in 1972 and 1973. The festival marked the first time that
all the top bands from Scotland, came to Canada to compete.
It was also in Montreal,
that another piping position held, was that of the “Ogilvy”
piper. In 1950, Ogilvy’s department store brought 2 pipers
over from Scotland to perform at the closing of the store, on a
daily basis. This tradition has carried on to this day, and Colin
played at the store from 1972 until 1978.
In 1978, Colin joined
the R.C.M.P. ,and upon completion of training at Depot Division,
in Regina Saskatchewan, was
to “E” Division. In 1979 Colin joined the Royal Canadian
Legion (Branch 83) pipe band, and then moved on to The Vancouver
Police Pipe Band in 1981. It was with The Vancouver Police Pipe
Band, that Colin had the pleasure to travel and perform with in
Hong Kong ,Singapore, Japan, and China.
In 1998 , Colin and Drum
Major Rob Smith, performed at The Nova Scotia International Tattoo,
as part of the RCMP Pipe Band , made up of players from across the
divisions in Canada. The Tattoo’s theme for 1998, was the
RCMP’s 125th Anniversary. As Pipe Major of this band, Colin
had the honor to be the lone piper for the closing show, with Commissioner
Phil Murray, in attendance.
Colin recently retired from the RCMP, and lives in South Surrey, with his wife
Gail and 2 children, Alexander and Lauren.
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