Promoting closer ties between the RCMP and the community since 1993
We are ambassadors for the RCMP, the people of Alberta and the people of Canada
The RCMP Regimental Pipes and Drums of Alberta is comprised of Civilian, Military and RCMP members. In the early 1990s the Commissioner of the RCMP was approached by RCMP Members from Alberta and approved the wearing of RCMP uniform with a kilt. With the support of the Commanding Officer of 'K' Division, Assistant Commissioner Les Holmes, it was decided to form a Pipe Band. A small group of volunteers from the RCMP supported by citizen volunteers began to develop the band. It was decided to adopt the McLeod tartan in honor of RCMP Commissioner Colonel McLeod, the second Commissioner of the RCMP and the historical link to Alberta. The Pipe Band performed its first official engagement at the Change of Command Ceremony when Assistant Commissioner Holmes retired as the C.O. of 'K' Division in 1993.
In 1997 as part of the 125th Anniversary of the RCMP a tartan was approved. A volunteer tartan committee, representing the Force's geographical regions, called for submissions and hosted competition to select an appropriate tartan. Mrs. Violet Holmes of Burnaby, British Columbia, provided the art work that lead to the creation of the official RCMP tartan. Mrs. Holmes is the wife of Assistant Commissioner Les Holmes who helped to start the idea of a pipe band in the RCMP
The band is a not for profit group with members throughout Alberta that promote the RCMP within Alberta and nationally. We are always looking for new people to join us. Our members have to be prepared to participate in a regimental style band that represents over 130 years of RCMP traditions and history. Dress and deportment are very important. The band uniform consists of the RCMP scarlet tunic and the RCMP tartan kilt. This uniform is recognized world wide and represents a national institution.
The band participates in many community events and parades as well as formal RCMP functions. Members have traveled to Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Halifax Tattoo and Victoria (BC) Military Music Festival. The band has also played for Royalty, the Premier of Alberta and Senior Government Officials. We have supported the Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, United Way and Northern Alberta Brain Injury Society.