started piping at the age of 8. As a young boy growing up in Pine
Falls Manitoba he was taught the pipes by one of Canada's well
Major's emerging from the Second World War: Pipe Major W.J. MacLeod
of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada. Subsequent to
the Second World War, P/M MacLeod moved to Pine Falls forming
the Stirling Pipe Band in the early 1960’s. In 1969, Hugh
joined the band and shortly thereafter started
competing in both a solo and band events.
early piping days were highlighted by highland games in Selkirk
and Rivers Manitoba, Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Red Deer Alberta,
Minnesota. In the late 1970’s the band was very successful
winning the Manitoba Championship on multiple occasions.
1974, Hugh attended the Canadian Inter Provincial Championships
at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa and placed 3rd in the solo Juvenile
piping while the band placed in the medals in the Grade III Band
competition. In 1978, through the Band’s association with
the City of Winnipeg Massed Pipes and Drums, Hugh performed at the
Air Canada Silver Broom in Winnipeg and again in 1979 traveled with
the Massed Band to Berne Switzerland to perform an encore for the
Silver Broom festivities. Hugh moved to Toronto upon graduation
from the University of Manitoba in 1984 ending a 16 year association
with the Stirling Pipe Band but maintaining boyhood friendships
to this day.
In 1990, Hugh
joined the Vancouver Police Pipe Band and for the next 17 years
performed with the band around the world including memorable events
Quebec City, Hawaii, Japan, San Diego, Hong Kong, Holland and Scotland.
In 1997, Hugh was elected Pipe Staff Sergeant and took on the responsibility
for teaching and managing the pipe section. Over the next 9 years,
Hugh regularly commanded the band in the P/M’s absence and
was very active in the ongoing operations, fund raising and event
early 2006, Hugh became the ‘acting’ Pipe Major of the
Vancouver Police band due to illness of P/M Millman and continued
in that role until November of that year. Highlights of his time
in the Vancouver Police Band are numerous but none is more significant
to Hugh than the daily performances at the 50th Edinburgh Military
Tattoo in 1999 and performing the solo-piper role atop Edinburgh
Castle one evening in the presence of the Chief Constable and subsequently
receiving a Chief Constable’s commendation for his efforts.
Hugh led the Pipe Band as acting P/M on trips to Honolulu Hawaii
in 2000, to Breda Holland in 2001 and to the Calgary Stampede Parade
the RCMP "E" Division Pipe Band in November 2006. In 2007 he was appointed
Pipe Sgt and subsequently in 2008 was appointed Pipe Major. He enjoys bringing
his 40+ years of piping experience to the band and striving to meet the band’s
full musical potential while keeping it a fun and enjoyable.
Hugh lives in
Maple Ridge with his wife Cindy and sons Allister and William.
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